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GameSpy was one of the first major gaming news web sites established in the early days of the Internet boom and now one of its co-founders has announced he is leaving the site after over 10 years on the job. Dave "Fargo" Kosak, who has held many a title on the site, announced this weekend he is leaving GameSpy. He announced he is heading to Blizzard Entertainment where he will help create content for their MMO World of Warcraft.
The DICE Summit keeps rolling along this week and one of the more interesting speeches at the high-powered game conference came from Dave Perry. The founder of Shiny Entertainment (now morphed into the Foundation 9 studio Double Helix) Perry is now working as the creative director for the free-to-play online game publisher Acclaim.
Formed nearly three years ago, Trion World Network has been good about sending out press releases about the money they have raised and the people they have hired. However they still haven't revealed much about their actual game products yet, other than one is a fantasy MMO and the other will be a collaboration with the Scifi Channel cable TV network.
You might not associate AT&T with gaming but if you play World of Warcraft you are playing on a server that has hosting and network support from the massive telecommunications company. Today AT&T announced they have renewed their long-standing agreement with Blizzard to continue their hosting and networking services for two more years.
In the last days of 2008, the Massachusetts based company Worlds.com decided to sue NCsoft saying that the MMO developer had violated their US patent 7,181,690, "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space." That apparently isn't the end of the matter as the Business Insider web site reports that Worlds.com is planning to go after other MMO publishers.
When it comes to their business, Blizzard Entertainment can pretty much do anything they want. That not only includes making some of the best, if not THE best, PC games ever made but even things that don't make them any money but are still a lot of fun.
World of Warcraft has slowly but surely entered into the mainstream of entertainment and very soon the MMO title from Blizzard will be getting an unusual marketing gimmick; World of Warcraft-based flavors for Mountain Dew.
Blizzard has been hinting about this for some time and tonight the developer/publisher has just launched the new version of its Battle.net web site. The 2.0 version of the site still serves as the multiplayer gaming hub for a number of Blizzard games, including the original Starcraft, their Warcraft RTS game series, the Diablo titles and of course their World of Warcraft MMO.
It's no secret that China is one of the biggest overall markets for Blizzard's World of Warcraft. For the past few years the Chinese company The9 has handled the overall administration for Blizzard's hit MMO. Today the developer's parent publisher Activision Blizzard announced it has signed an agreement with an affiliated company of NetEase.com to handle the World of Warcraft business in China for a period of three years.
PopCap Games surprised many when they announced that they were offering World of Warcraft players a way to play their addictive puzzle game Bejeweled 2 in Blizzard's hit MMO. Today Popcap Games struck again as they have doubled their casual game addition plans for World of Warcraft.