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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so far d3 (world of diablo imo as wrath is wow's last major exp (im sure they will add more content like they've done with d2 though) is about that 28-29 date and the pinata april fools joke (which is actually a cool conspiracy theory)
but acid disputes it and says an rts manager talking about WWI (of course he is excited, for the first time ever, normal people get to play sc2) and Knaak saying he isn't writing for a dead game is a bigger clue
I was kind of hoping that it wouldn't be announced this soon because if WoD is announced I have to cancel my WAR CE preorder and go preorder wrath to show blizzard I still love them
god this blows
but that is where we are currently at, oh yea and my laptops hard drive killed itself
never buy alienware, custom ftw (though a custom laptop must be hard to make)
Heh... Hopefully, it will be there.
Lol, so amazingly appropriate.
Yeah thanks for answering me man.
Yeah, but I just hope it's not a WoD, I wouldn't like to see my social life die and resurrect again... And of course I'd like the chance of actually battling the thoughest bosses without the need of belonging to a kickass guild/clan/mafia group and striving to keep my place by playing everyday... and finally, I'd love to see old pay-once Blizzard game again (besides SC2).
imo i think it would be d3 first because sierra games only recently formed one joint company with vivendi games and they said that in the coming years they want to put 50 million into one mmo for one universe (sc or diablo) and then a year or 2 later have another 50 million to put an mmo out of the previously neglected one... and from this i gathered that neither franchise has been considered for mmo until vivendi said so
post of the month right there
I just don't see what they could do after Wrath (no more heros to kill off, I guess the maelstrom is viable but still)
+ diablo 3 would be expected to be free right? Blizzard has the income of smaller countries, I don't think they will like diablo 3 hitting WoW subs unless it had subs of it's own
If you noticed, Diablo.com is now blizzard and all that stuff.
So Blizzard changed the name from Diablo3.com to DiabloFans.com. So they will obviously need "Diablo3.com".....
2nd = Enlarged 2nd figure
3rd = From a Diablo 2 trailer/video. Appears in some more.
Did this for fun so if I'm wrong :O...but maybe someone has better luck looking around
Diablo3.com being bought means more than that image.
The sad part is that that's a likely true statement.