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No Man's Sky gameImage copyright Hello Games Image caption The space exploration game has been delayed

The maker of the highly anticipated video game No Man's Sky has revealed a legal challenge that threatened the game's name.

Sean Murray said his studio had endured "years of secret stupid legal nonsense" after the broadcaster Sky said the game's title infringed its trademark.

The game was expected in June, but has been delayed until August.

Hello Games has not revealed whether it paid Sky to settle the lawsuit.

"I now know more about trademark law than any sane man would ever want to, " tweeted Mr Murray in a follow-up post.

Legal battles

The studio is not the first company to face a legal challenge from Sky, which provides satellite television and broadband services in Europe.

In 2013, Microsoft had to change the name of its cloud storage service SkyDrive to OneDrive, following an infringement claim.

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Mr Murray joked about the legal clash in one of his tweets

A year earlier, US technology firm Livescribe pulled its Sky pen from UK stores after receiving a legal challenge from the satellite broadcaster.

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