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[Kotaku] "World of StarCraft" Will Go On, Likely Under A Different Name

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Not a repost, more of an update:

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"World of StarCraft," led by modder Ryan Winzell, will not be shut down by Activision Blizzard, as many had feared when YouTube, acting on a copyright claim by the company, removed a video (above) of the mod earlier this week. The spacefaring MMO is unlikely to continue under that name, however, but Winzell apparently can live with that.
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"World of StarCraft," led by modder Ryan Winzell, will not be shut down by Activision Blizzard, as many had feared when YouTube, acting on a copyright claim by the company, removed a video (above) of the mod earlier this week. The spacefaring MMO is unlikely to continue under that name, however, but Winzell apparently can live with that.
Interesting too see what this mod all got him...trip to meet the SC2 dev team and job opportunity at the League of Legends company.

Also, in the other thread, people were commenting on Activision and Blizzard and whether they had any involvement. Read the article here, it says he was contacted by an Activision lawyer.

Source: http://kotaku.com/5739080/world-of-s...different-name
Edited by kurt1288 - 1/20/11 at 3:40pm
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Blizzard Gives Thumbs-Up to World of StarCraft Mod

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Blizzard Gives Thumbs-Up to World of StarCraft Mod


Blizzard says it's anxious to see the continued development of the fan-made World of StarCraft MMO and has even invited the developer to visit the Blizzard campus and meet with the StarCraft 2 team.

It's been a busy few days for Ryan Winzen, the lead on the World of StarCraft MMO fan project. You almost certainly know the story by now; soon after Winzen revealed the mod to the world, he was forced to remove promotional videos from YouTube thanks to a copyright complaint from Activision. The kerfuffle attracted a pile of attention and even a job offer, and now Blizzard has finally waded into the fray with the following official bit of good news.

Earlier this week, a player-made StarCraft 2 mod called World of StarCraft and described as a 'StarCraft MMO' was featured on a number of prominent gaming news sites, catching the attention of gamers as well as our own. With the name so closely resembling that of World of Warcraft, we wanted to discuss the title of the mod with the developer, and as part of our routine procedure, we contacted YouTube to request the video be removed while that discussion took place. We were also curious about the project and wanted to discuss with the developer what the mod entailed.

It was never our intention to stop development on the mod or discourage the community from expressing their creativity through the StarCraft 2 editor. As always, we actively encourage development of custom maps and mods for StarCraft 2, as we've done with our strategy games in the past. That's why we release an editor with our RTS games, and why we feature top player-created content in the custom game search. It's also why we held a contest to spotlight the best community-crafted StarCraft 2 mods at last year's BlizzCon, and why we'll continue to improve Battle.net to better showcase player-created content.

Like many players in the community, we're looking forward to seeing the continued development of this mod, and as part of our ongoing discussion, we've extended an offer to the developer to visit the Blizzard campus and meet with the StarCraft 2 development team. As always, we appreciate all of the efforts of the talented and enthusiastic mod-making community, and we look forward to seeing and playing what they create using the StarCraft 2 editor in the future.

Very well handled by Blizzard, imo. Great to see that this mod will continue development.
Edited by Core2uu - 1/20/11 at 8:53pm
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crappyvision still sucks
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Bravo Blizzard!
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Well I mean this will probably have a good ending so I'd say we can all be happy.
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Obviously they did this because of business reasons nothing more...
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Activision probably *****ed, but Blizzard said "Dude, AWESOME!" and Blizzard, being the only dev Activision owns that ISN'T hated by 90% of the planet got it's way. There were certainly legal issues with the naming that had to be resolved, but Blizz wasn't out for money, they just said "Whoa whoa dude, re-name and we're good, tell ya what, re-name it and we'll show ya the good stuff round the office." Activision probably wanted to sue him into the ground baby! but Blizzard is just too awesome to let it happen.

And yes, numerous jokes in their for the Blizzard fans
post #8 of 15
Lol looks like the people who see Kotick's dark hand pulling the strings at Blizzard were wrong.

PR stunt or not, the mod is going ahead with Blizzard's full support, and at the end of the day, that's the important thing.
post #9 of 15
oh, kotick pulls the strings, only a move like shutting this down would be stupid and bad for business.

Anyhow a name change is all that it would take to restart.
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@ The title of this article: Well duh. It was bound to happen.

But i'm glad to see that this has worked out well for him. Nice end to the whole "scandal".

I guess if i want to get that much attention i should name my project League of Warcraft
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