A Possible Happy Ending for World of StarCraft Modder

January 20, 2011 -

Rock, Paper Shotgun reports that there may be a happy ending to the World of StarCraft mod maker story we reported on yesterday. A very public story about Activision-Blizzard taking down video footage from his mod on YouTube caught the notice of someone from Riot Games, maker of the DOTA-like RPG strategy game League of Legends.

A Riot Games employee, commenting on the story over at Pixelated Geek, asked the World of StarCraft maker to contact him (her?) via email to talk about a job opportunity:

"Ryan, I'd love to hire you at Riotgames. Please email me at epak@riotgames.com We can at least chat about it."

The offer seems to be bonafide, according to this post on the League of Legends forums. On December 14, Riot Games announced that it would hire 100 employees to ramp up for its plans in 2011. Of course, it's not a done deal yet, but "Ryan" is excited about it, nonetheless:

"I would be a complete idiot not to…," he told PG. "I’ve waited my whole life for something like this. I feel like I’m in a dream man."

We'll keep you posted. Activsion and Blizzard have yet to comment publicly about this story.

Source: RPS


Comments

Re: A Possible Happy Ending for World of StarCraft Modder

The lesson here is:

1. Make a mod of your favorite game, disregarding that the owner of that game probably will be not amused about it.

2. Wait for the "cease and desist" letter of said company.

3. Complain on the internet.

4. Wait for job offers.

5. ????

6. PROFIT!!!!

 

Good luck for this guy, anyways. Glad that he at least got something good from Activision´s legal tantrum.

------------------------------------------------------------ My DeviantArt Page (aka DeviantCensorship): http://www.darkknightstrikes.deviantart.com

Re: A Possible Happy Ending for World of StarCraft Modder

Technically, Activision doesn't own the Warcraft franchis,e Blizzard does, and it was Activision that sent the cease and desist.

Re: A Possible Happy Ending for World of StarCraft Modder

If by "sent the cease and desist" you mean "ordered a Youtube video to be taken down" then yes. You're right. Maybe. Or maybe an overzealous Youtube mod zapped it themselves. Or maybe even an overzealous auto-delete script. It's happened before. When a video is taken down by Youtube's automatic scripts, the takedown notice still says "due to a copyright claim by <company name>" even though said company didn't actually contact Youtube and order the takedown.

Either way, there is no "cease and desist." Aside from his video being taken down, Blizzard has taken no action against the mod's creator whatsoever, or even sent him any kind of direct contact (the video's takedown notice was from Youtube).

[Edit: I lie, it seems this morning he was contacted by someone from Blizzard who simply asked that the name "World of Starcraft" be changed as Blizzard does apparently own a copyright on it. So there was direct contact. Still no cease and desist.]
---
I'm not under the affluence of incohol as some thinkle peep I am. I'm not half as thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don't know who is me, and the drunker I stand here, the longer I get.


---
I'm not under the affluence of incohol as some thinkle peep I am. I'm not half as thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don't know who is me, and the drunker I stand here, the longer I get.

Re: A Possible Happy Ending for World of StarCraft Modder

Actually, yes Activision owns all Blizzard's assets because Activision is Blizzard's parent company. The only reason Blizzard's name is in the new company name is because of brand recognition. Would you really want to play Starcraft 2 from Activision?

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

Re: A Possible Happy Ending for World of StarCraft Modder

Glad to hear good news for the guy behind World of Starcraft. Hope he can make another MMO with Riot Games.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Andrew EisenI think TT Games gets away with multiple LEGO games a year because they're all based on different franchises. If there were two or three LEGO Star Wars games every year, I think people would feel the same fatigue as they do with Assassin's Creed.03/31/2015 - 6:40pm
Andrew EisenIn other words, a hero is male because that's the default. A hero is female because of a gender-related reason. So, male heroes are for everyone. Female heroes are for women.03/31/2015 - 5:32pm
Andrew EisenHer point is that "When archetypal fantasy heroes in games are overwhelmingly portrayed as men, it reinforces the idea that... women should be able to empathize with male characters but that men needn’t be able to identify with women’s stories."03/31/2015 - 5:30pm
Andrew EisenDaniel - She doesn't say that in any of the TvW videos and I doubt she's said elsewhere that all games with male protagonists are male power fantasies. Anyway, you seem to be conflating two different ideas.03/31/2015 - 5:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttps://twitter.com/Yuriofwind/status/583028257890635776 Oh snap!03/31/2015 - 5:14pm
WymorenceFor me it just boils down to the fact that, even at a giant company, when a game comes out annually it just gives it a vibe of being rushed out the door. And god knows Unity sucked some major lemur with all its bugs...03/31/2015 - 4:22pm
PHX CorpI launched my spotify account today, and I kinda went a little overboard with adding music03/31/2015 - 3:59pm
Sora-ChanCon't. Games like AC are a pain to someone like me who likes to play games in order. So when a game gets too many releases too quickly, it puts me off. Only exceptions are games that have no interconnected underlying stories like the FF games.03/31/2015 - 2:53pm
Sora-ChanWikipedia has rarely let me down on matters like this. But yeah... AC needs a break.. like two.. or three... or eight years.03/31/2015 - 2:51pm
ConsterThere's 9 already?! I think I played 1, 2, and the ones inbetween 2 and 3.03/31/2015 - 2:23pm
Sora-ChanCon't There are now Nine... of just the main entries into the series. There are 13 more in the "other games" department.03/31/2015 - 2:15pm
Sora-ChanI tried to get into AC. Was having a decent time with the first one, at which point they had already released three titles. Then a fourth came out... then a fifth... the wall kept growing before I could finish the first.03/31/2015 - 2:14pm
Daniel LewisI think ubisoft should give AC a break before it's milked to death,and i'm a big fan of the games03/31/2015 - 1:15pm
PHX Corphttp://www.polygon.com/2015/3/31/8320017/assassins-creed-chronicles-china-india-russia Assassin's Creed Chronicles is now a trilogy, goes to China, India and Russia03/31/2015 - 1:11pm
Daniel LewisThe only thing said i disagree with is the final quote on Men's experiences are seen to be universal but women are gendered,though doesn't anita say that games with male protagonists are male power fantasies,so in turn both are gendered03/31/2015 - 1:08pm
Daniel Lewisi found the video to be much better than any of the TvW series and it's about time the positive women are put in the spotlight03/31/2015 - 1:06pm
Daniel LewisSo feministfrequency released a positive female character video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXmj2yJNUmQ03/31/2015 - 1:05pm
Daniel LewisI think the guy who made the direct leak said it was an april fools joke when a real one was announced03/31/2015 - 12:43pm
MaskedPixelanteNo way Nintendo would let information like that get out. Remember, they shut down a memoir about the localization of Earthbound by enforcing a 20 year old NDA on the author.03/31/2015 - 12:42pm
Andrew EisenOh, there's definitely a Nintendo Direct tomorrow, but that beat-by-beat recap is almost certainly bogus.03/31/2015 - 12:20pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician