It has been announced that Cooking Mama: Cookstar will be removed from the Nintendo Switch eShop and all other platforms, as developer Planet Entertainment no longer has the rights to publish Cooking Mama games. This is the final result of a legal battle that began in March 2020, when Planet Cooking Mama: Cookstar was published without the permission of Office Create, Cooking Mama’s parent company.
Apparently, Office Create had licensed Cooking Mama to Planet, but it was found that their work did not meet Office Create’s standards, so they refused to license it. Now, the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration has sided with the Creative Department, ordering Planet to stop making the game.
The Planet Arbitral Tribunal and Mr. Grossman shall not sell, sell, encourage or allow others to sell or sell any product as a Cooking Mama product and/or assume any affiliation/affiliation with Office Create, or Cooking Mama franchise. . Office Create is taking all necessary steps to ensure that the video game “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” (both digital and physical copies) is removed from the market.
We thank our customers and Cooking Mama fans for their continued support and are deeply sorry for the embarrassment and disappointment caused by the actions of Planet and Mr. Grossman.
The world of copyrights is a very confusing place, but it is a very cut and dry form of intellectual property infringement. If you want to play or own Cooking Mama: Cookstar, you might want to find a copy now, because it might not last long.