The ModernWarfare3.com ‘not owned by Activision’ story took another twist today as the producer of the video displayed on the homepage of the now ‘anti Call of Duty’ website, posted a message on the YouTube video saying, “I did not create ModernWarfare3.com.”
I’ve been following the story of ModernWarfare3.com even before it was officially revealed that Activision was planning to launch its next Call of Duty Modern Warfare game called Modern Warfare 3.
Way back in January, rumors were already circulating that the next Call of Duty game title would be Modern Warfare 3. But as I wrote back then, Activision didn’t own ModernWarfare3.com.
By mid May, information and dates were leaked on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to online gaming magazine, Kotaku. It was announced that Activision was developing what could turn out to be its biggest installment of a Call of Duty game to date, but surprisingly, it didn’t even own the matching domain name.
Days after news hit the internet, the owner of ModernWarfare3.com had a website online with thousands of Facebook fans.
Activision then announced plans for Call of Duty Elite, to coincide with the release of Modern Warfare 3.
As news outlets ate the stories up about Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty Elite, ModernWarfare3.com went offline for days, in what appeared to be a response to Activision’s lawyers.
At the same time, the battle between EA’s Battlefield 3 and Activision’s ModernWarfare 3 heated up. But online, EA had already positioned itself with a website on Battlefield.com and Battlefield3.com, while Activision owned neither ModerWarfare.com nor ModernWarfare3.com. In fact, during this time in mid June, EA acquired Battlefield.net.
Then, just over a week ago, ModernWarfare3.com came back online, but instead of being a fan site, the owner launched a revamped website lashing out at Activision, in a series of statements and videos, throwing support instead to Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 3.
The site, which claims to be “Under Seige”, still doesn’t belong to Activision.
Now today it appears the producer of the YouTube video posted on the homepage of ModernWarfare3.com who goes by RoboJules, never endorsed the website.
Titled “Modern Warfare 3 sucks”, a message has been overlayed on the the video (screen shot below).
I’ve reached out the owner of ModernWarfare3.com (who also owns the .net) for comment, and will update this post if I hear back.