Today a user on Reddit discovered that the trademark for SKATE, previously held by EA, has been dropped. The official reason for the drop is that EA either abandoned the trademark, or failed to renew it in time. There’s a small chance that the publisher didn’t respond in time to renew the trademark, but considering how organised they must be it seems unlikely that they’d forget something as simple as renewing a trademark.
SKATE was a brand new type of skateboarding game that originally released in 2007. The title was heavily stylised and given an air of realism compared to the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, but even so the main focus of videos of the games to this day are players bailing from tricks and watching the ensuing ragdolling. The SKATE series actually made it to three core games on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and even saw a spin-off title for the Nintendo Wii, DS, and iOS, Skate It.
With the trademark dropped, it seems unlikely that EA will make a move anytime soon to revive the SKATE series. this is probably a wise move since a new skateboarding game has risen in popularity over the last year or so, Session.