Diablo3.com becomes Diablofans.com! Blizzard acquires diablo3.com.
Well, there's no point in beating around the bush any longer, so let's get right down to it. A few months ago we were contacted by Blizzard in regards to the Diablo3.com domain name. While they appreciate all the work that's been put into running this big Diablo fan community over the years, they still want the domain name. Hmm, I wonder why? Now before you get all up in arms about it, allow me to explain a few things.
First off, this fan site isn't going anywhere, it's just getting a new name: Diablofans.com! Blizzard is actually being really cool about it, giving us all the time we need to make it a smooth transition before we hand the old domain over to them. So be sure to update all of your bookmarks and point 'em to diablofans.com instead. Your user accounts will all still be perfectly functional and, along with this new site name, we'll soon have a big site redesign up and running as well. A new name, a new look. Huzzah!
Secondly, while Blizzard is indeed acquiring the diablo3.com domain name, they told me that this shouldn't be considered an announcement for the Diablo 3 game we've been waiting for all these years. They acquire new domains all the time. While this is true, I personally can't help but think that this is a confirmation of sorts that they're working on the next Diablo game. Sure, they can claim it's because they want to protect their intellectual properties 'n what have you, but I can't imagine they would all of a sudden be so interested in the diablo3.com domain if they weren't working on a new Diablo 3 game behind the scenes.
On a final note, I want to thank all of you guys who've made this community so strong over the years. It's only going to get better around here and I hope you'll all stick with us. One of the nice things about this whole name-change ordeal is that Blizzard really appreciates the fact that we're a dedicated fan site and we'll be working with them much more closely in the future to bring you the latest Diablo game news.
It's funny, I've had so many offers over the years from people who wanted to pay a lot o' cash for the diablo3.com domain name and I wasn't even willing to consider then. I set out to have a great Diablo fan site because I simply loved the Diablo series. Fortunately, with the help of some great people on the staff and fans like you, we accomplished just that. But when Blizzard came around asking for the domain, I was excited about it both as a Diablo fan and for their recognition of all the work we've put into the site. Fortunately for us, the diablofans.com domain name was available and it fit perfectly in line with the intentions of this site, so I registered it and here we are. Diablo3.com will still be active for a few more months so everybody can have a chance to get used to the new Diablofans.com domain. After that, it will simply point to the Blizzard.com homepage... at least until they're ready to use it for something more worthwhile. One of the nice things about the new diablofans.com domain is that it's all-encompassing. Instead of the site just being for people waiting on Diablo 3, it can serve as the main hub for *all* current and future Diablo games. Isn't it nice to know you'll always have a place online you can call home? Hey, even Diablo's demon minions need a place to hang their hats too.
Alright, that's all the news for now. I'm sure all of this news is gonna get the Diablo 3 rumor mill running like a mad banshee... so have fun discussing the announcement with your fellow Diablo fans!
update: Some gaming news sites are reporting that Blizzard "purchased" the diablo3.com domain from me. This is not the case. As I stated in the above post, if it was my intention to make a profit off of the domain, I could've sold it years ago, but I didn't. When Blizzard spoke to me about their interest in the domain, I was happy to give it to them since they had no problems with us moving the site to diablofans.com and will now be working more closely with us in the future. So yeah, I just wanted to clear that up... there is no monetary exchange taking place, I'm simply giving Blizzard the diablo3 domain.
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We will also be working together on the later full site design.
All the images on the site were either made entirely by us or created by one of us and edited later by someone else. A huge hand goes to Atru though. Most of my work was coding/editing/cropping etc. Some original images by me though.
Look for more on the upcoming design and in the days to come. I'm currently working on getting all the design elements updated/fixed as many things were lost in the transfer.
Obviously you are incapable of connecting the fact that Blizzard finally buys Diablo3.com right before WWI.
P.S - Fontsize could be a bit bigger.
As Jetrall's quote above says: May 1 is a solid clue of things set in motion.
That's what truly matter.
And why would they do that? We don't pay them, we don't help them, we don't do anything. They pay for the servers, they design the site on their own, they deal with technical aspects. What is the use of several more posters? Just look at the your own post, and you will see what new posters do for this forum. Disrespectful posting.
There will be no Diablo 3 announcment at WWI.
On that note this is the official WWI forum: http://www.battle.net/forums/board.aspx?ForumName=wwi2008-general
And the last post was by me several weeks ago. The forum is dead for some reason. You need a CD key and battle.net account, but don't we all have a CD key? I say go to this forum and with civility post that we want Diablo news at the WWI!!!
Will this make them talk Diabo at the WWI panels? Well no, not if they don't want to, but this is an official WWI forum that the Bliz guys are looking at. Let them know what we want!
pleasant of reason to want more viewers..
You all can get your hopes up, but it's a giant mistake. You'll see.
ok lets just relax....this is huge news...
I think (in fact I am pretty sure) it is temporary. Blizz guys did a favor for us. Nice.