Office Create, the developer behind Cooking Mama, is suing Planet Entertainment in relation to various issues related to Cooking Mama: Cookstar.
At the time of the game’s release, the two companies were fighting for the title. Office Create said Cooking Mama: Cookstar was released against the company’s request. Going further, Office Create felt that it did not meet quality standards and a PS4 version was marketed even though it was not part of the original license agreement.
Planet Entertainment ended up being taken to court where it ended up being sued. The International Chamber of Commerce ruled in favor of Office Create, which also included a sales ban, and ruled that Cooking Mama: Cookstar infringed intellectual property rights. Office Create is also taking all legal steps to remove the title from the market.
Dear Sir, Thank you very much for your patronage of “Cooking Mama” series.
As we reported to you in April 2020, Planet Entertainment LLC (based in Connecticut, USA; hereinafter referred to as “Planet”) has violated our license agreement and we have released the Nintendo Switch version of Cooking Mama: Cookstar, which does not met the quality standard, without our permission, and set up sales operations in North America, Europe and Australia. Also, in the US and Europe, we started advertising the sale of the Sony PlayStation 4 version of “Cooking Mama: Cookstar”, which we didn’t allow in our license agreement in the first place. In response, on March 30, 2020, we notified Planet of the immediate termination of the license agreement and immediately prohibited the use of our intellectual property rights relating to “Cooking Mama”.
Despite this, Planet continues to sell the Nintendo Switch version of “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” without our permission, and even sells the Sony PlayStation 4 version of “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” to all over the world, excluding Asia. It’s time to get started.
Therefore, we have personally sued Planet and its CEO Steve Grossman before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for the unauthorized manufacturing and production of the Switch and PlayStation 4 versions of Cooking Mama: Cookstar. We had filed for arbitration seeking a ban on sales, etc., and on October 3, 2022, the ICC Arbitration Tribunal issued a final ruling.
In this final ruling, the ICC Arbitration Tribunal ruled that Planet and Mr. Grossman did not have the authority to manufacture and sell “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” for both the Switch and PlayStation 4 versions, and that the “Cooking Mama: Unauthorized Cookstar” was found to infringe our intellectual property rights. In addition, the ICC Arbitration Tribunal has prohibited Planet and Mr. Grossman from any act that misleads the company for infringement of intellectual property rights, unfair competition, etc. Sentenced to pay damages.
In order to protect the “Cooking Mama” series, which is an important asset, and to gain the patronage of our customers, we have taken all legal steps to remove “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” manufactured and sold by Planet from the market. We sincerely apologize for the great confusion and inconvenience caused to our longtime Cooking Mama customers due to the illegal acts of Planet and Mr. Grossman.
It’s worth noting that Cooking Mama: Cookstar is not currently available on the Switch eShop. However, physical copies may still exist in circulation.