The most important question of the Microsoft - Nokia acquisition, who owns Snake?

With the closure of the acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit being sold to Microsoft, the Redmond based company added 25,000 employees to its roster and added a significant amount of IP to its portfolio. But the burning question that everyone wants to know, and we do mean everyone, is who now owns the right to Snake?

If you don’t remember, Snake was the iconic game on Nokia smartphones back in the 90s.

The answer is a bit surprising and was not easy to come by. We asked Microsoft when the deal closed who owned the rights to Snake as we thought it would be a fun post to say that Microsoft now owns the IP to this iconic game, but the answer was not that simple. In fact, legal teams from both Nokia and Microsoft looked into the legal paperwork and it took a couple of weeks to get the bottom of the contracts. 

And who owns Snake? Well, neither Microsoft or Nokia own the rights to the game, it is retained by a third-party. This means that if you want to see Snake on your Lumia, it will either be licensed, or a knockoff will be created.

So, Microsoft spent $7 billion on Nokia’s smartphones and didn’t obtain the rights to snake, bummer.

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Good job Techie. A quick search with Bing for "Snake Windows Phone: brings up the same link, a Microsoft site which also includes the history of the game and the designer's name. I find it hard to believe that Microsoft or Nokia didn't think of using Bing to answer Brad's question.

I always played Memory. Amazing what could be achieved on an 84 × 48 pixel pure monochrome display.

Microsoft's Entertainment Pack had a nice Snake version called Rattler Race. There is also a compilable 32-bit version in the Windows source code that leaked few years back ;)

Loved Nibbles and Gorilla basic. I edited Nibbles to go thru walls and shoot projectiles to collect the numbers. Gorilla Basic, I edited to make the bananas fly faster and bigger explosions. Fun stuff.

techbeck said,
Loved Nibbles and Gorilla basic. I edited Nibbles to go thru walls and shoot projectiles to collect the numbers. Gorilla Basic, I edited to make the bananas fly faster and bigger explosions. Fun stuff.

I edited gorilla into a star trek ship fighter. Lets just say the graphics were horrid, but I was like 10.

mdtaUK said,
Is it not just a derivation of Millipede and Centipede from the Atari days?

I wish! But no...not remotely.