It finally looks like Zynga is getting a little bit smarter in terms of domain name registrations and trademark applications.
Normally, a closely guarded secret by gaming companies, many of Zynga’s yet-to-be released and recently released titles are anything but secret. But that’s now changing, as the social gaming giant has been on a buying spree of late and is planning for an IPO, it’s getting savvier with its domain name registrations and trademark filings.
Trademark and yet-to-be released game titles
It’s European trademark filing for Rewardville pinpointed the company as the buyer of the matching domain, before the game was even launched to the public. Other trademarks have backfired, like that of “ville” which broke here.
For its latest launch of Empires & Allies, a combat strategy game, Zynga was patient. The company didn’t file for trademarks in the United States until the same day it unveiled the game on June 1, 2011. Its European trademark was filed June 2.
Before the Empires & Allies trademark filings though, the company filed other trademarks for unknown titles that news sites and blogs have yet to pick up — like the trademark applications for Mojitomo or Patentville.
Adjusting the timing on trademark applications is one thing, but the company finally caught up on domain registrations too.
Zynga’s domain name hints
When I wrote in early May that Zynga registered the domain name hangmanwithfriends.com and I predicted a Hangman game on the iOS (which it launched a month later), the registrant information was hidden behind GoDaddy’s Private Registration service (Domains by Proxy). However, the registrant information wasn’t so private after all — as tweeted by Domain Name news in a Twitter message, GoDaddy’s service needs some work.
After using GoDaddy’s account retrieval system in combination with the domain, a Zynga e-mail address (Email Address:****@zynga.com) was publicly displayed.
It was the same story for farmvilleexpress.com.
While GoDaddy might not address the issue with its Privacy service, Zynga has. The company is sticking with GoDaddy to host many of its names, but its now using an email address with a “yahoo” extension. If you check hangmanwithfriends.com or farmvilleexpress.com today, you’ll see this (Email Address:****@yahoo.com).
If you thought it was hard before to break a Zynga story, things just got a little harder as its more closely guarding its trademarks and domain registrations.