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article imageActivision denies Naughty Dog use of 'Crash Bandicoot' in contest

By Stan Rezaee     Jul 14, 2014 in Entertainment
Activision has rejected Naughty Dog request to use 'Crash Bandicoot' in a fan-art contest to commemorate the studios 30th anniversary.
Naughty Dog is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a design contest that asks fans to create create their own artwork based on the Uncharted series, The Last of Us along with the Jak and Daxter series.
Fans were disappointed when Crash Bandicoot was not listed because Activision had denied them the use of the franchise. Even though Naughty Dog developed the series for the original PlayStation, Activision owns the rights.
Several fans did bring up the absence of Crash Bandicoot and the issue was addressed by Eric Monacelli, Naughty Dog Community Strategist, who informed gamers on the PlayStation Blog.
In several small posts, Monacelli simply stated that Crash Bandicoot fan art would not be accepted because Activision owns the intellectual property rights.
Gamers were disappointed by this announcement and many did voice their frustration on social media. One user posted on the PlayStation Blog, "Activision is the worst. Naughty Dog made Crash (who in turn made them), yet ND can’t use their own creation to celebrate 30 years of making great games? Ridiculous."
Activision hold on the Crash Bandicoot intellectual property has been a source of friction with PlayStation gamers since the publisher hasn't made use of the iconic franchise. Many in the gaming media have also been critical of Activision for abandoning the series.
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