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Blizzard’s lawyers take control of domain, is there something in the works?

Domain dispute over withdrawn, does Blizzard Entertainment have something in store?

This week, the dispute over the name (Case Number: 1528644) was withdrawn after being filed with the National Arbitration Forum back in early November.

So, the question is, were the lawyers at Blizzard Entertainment just trying to defend their intellectual property or does the company have something more planned for

Like, say, a potential competitor to the live game streaming service

Blizzard doesn’t often file disputes, and hadn’t filed a complaint since 2011 when it won the transfer of  So, why now?

Though the complainant in the dispute wasn’t officially revealed, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Blizzard Entertainment is behind it.  At the time of this story, is registered to intellectual property law firm Christie, Parker & Hale LLP – the same firm that has represented Blizzard in past disputes for names like (Claim Number:  FA0302000146620). And since the complaint was withdrawn, the domain redirects visitors to

Often times, when a domain name complaint is withdrawn, both parties have come to an agreement.  And because Blizzard had no guarantee of winning the dispute, it’s possible the previous registrant received some type of payment.

Whether Blizzard Entertainment has something in store for the domain, is only speculation at this point. But live game streaming has become very popular and Twitch has a virtual monopoly.

Last month, Blizzard live streamed an event on, prompting one Reddit user to say, “Blizzard should make their own Twitch”.

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Microsoft takes ownership of and domain names [UPDATED] domain name

Microsoft’s lawyers have officially taken ownership of the domain names and after filing a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) back in late May.

Both domains just changed registrants to Microsoft, c/o The Richard Law Group, a law firm that often represents Microsoft in domain disputes.  Last year, the firm helped secure and  Those names are among a long list of names recovered at NAF by Microsoft.

The victory makes Microsoft the first company to secure the matching dotcom domain of its next-generation video game console.

Sony doesn’t own nor has it filed any type of public complaint. re-directs visitors to PSX Extreme, a video game website that covers PlayStation news. is currently owned by Poise Media Inc., according to WHOIS records.

Nintendo recently suffered a somewhat embarrassing domain defeat, after its complaint over was denied.

The official ruling by NAF has yet to be published on its website, but should appear any day now.

Here’s a look at the WHOIS record for, showing the updated record:


UPDATE 3 July 24, 2013: In a separate but related case, Microsoft took ownership of (WHOIS). The company filed a dispute over the domain in early June, and like, the dispute was withdrawn from NAF before a ruling was issued.

UPDATE 2 July 19, 2013: Both domains have switched over to Microsoft’s domain servers, but instead of directing users to the official Xbox website, they redirect users to its Bing search engine.

UPDATE 1 July 17, 2013:  The case with NAF was withdrawn according to an update posted on its website today.  While it’s unknown exactly why the case was withdrawn, chances are the previous owner decided to hand over the names to Microsoft’s lawyers instead of waiting for a ruling by a panel.

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Now Microsoft’s lawyers are going after domain name [UPDATED]

Xbox One

A little over a week ago, Microsoft filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) over the domain names and  The company, it seems, held off on registering or acquiring any Xbox One related domains until after the announcement of its next-generation Xbox, so as not to reveal the name of the new system.

Now, with the news in from Microsoft, the company is having to go the legal route to get domain names related to the Xbox One.

A new dispute (Case Number: 1501169) has been brought against the owner of (WHOIS).

It’s unknown whether Microsoft offered cash and was turned down, or, if the company demanded the names before filing complaints.

While nothing is guaranteed in a domain dispute, Microsoft has a good track record with Xbox names and has won dozens of disputes ranging from Xbox Gold to Xbox Fitness.  In fact, it appears the company has never lost a complaint.  Either the domain names have been ordered transferred by a panel or the complaints were withdrawn after the names were handed over before a decision.

Microsoft isn’t the only video game console maker that doesn’t own the matching domain to its system.

In February, Nintendo filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization over the domain name  No ruling has been issued yet.

Sony doesn’t own, nor has the company filed any kind of dispute.  As I wrote back in 2011, re-directs to PSX Extreme, a video game website that has been covering Sony Playstation news for years.  In 2001, Sony filed a dispute over, and, and won.

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UPDATE 2 July 23, 2013: Microsoft has taken ownership of, according to the latest WHOIS records.  The case was withdrawn from NAF.

UPDATE 1 June 5, 2013: Microsoft filed another complaint (Case Number: 1503080) over the domains,,,,, and

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Microsoft files dispute over and domain names

Xbox One

Microsoft has filed a complaint (Case Number 1501205) with the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) over the domain names and

The filing appeared online today, just two days after the company announced its next-generation console the Xbox One.

For months speculation, often based on domain registrations by the company, was rampant as to what Microsoft would call the next Xbox.

The company kept the name a secret, and kept away from registering “Xbox One” domains that would have tipped their hand. (WHOIS) and (WHOIS) are registered to a resident of the United Kingdom.

Both domains are parked at Go Daddy today, but at one point, was a website dedicated to Xbox-related news.  Here’s a screenshot of the website from the early 2000s, courtesy of

Xbox One Website

As I’ve written before, Microsoft has had a lot of success with its domain disputes, so its latest case will almost certainly go in its favor. was ordered transferred to Microsoft, as was and   The list of victories in domain disputes for Microsoft goes on and on.  In 2012, Microsoft took ownership of several names such as,, and just to name a few.

It appears only a single complaint was filed for both domains. According to UDRP rules, if more than one domain being disputed is held by the same respondent, all of the names may be included in the same complaint. Rule 3(b)(vi).

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Microsoft Corporation wins dispute for Xbox Gold domain name

Battlefield 4 Xbox Gold

A single-member panel with the National Arbitration Forum has ordered the domain be transferred to Microsoft.  Microsoft continues to grow its portfolio of “Xbox Gold” domains, having privately acquired or registered several related names including

The company recently bagged the name in mid-March, after the previous owner turned over the name before the case was even decided.

It is still “officially” unknown what Microsoft will call its next generation console or what plans (if any) it has for Xbox Gold.

There are quite a few names that have been speculated over the last year.  The names include Xbox 720, Xbox Infinity, Xbox 8, Xbox Durango, Xbox Next and even just the Xbox.

If Microsoft decides to name the next Xbox based on a domain name it owns, here’s the current breakdown: (WHOIS) – Microsoft does not own the domain. (WHOIS) – Microsoft does not own the domain. (WHOIS) -Microsoft does not own the domain. (WHOIS) – Microsoft does not own the domain. (WHOIS) – Microsoft owns the domain. (WHOIS) – Microsoft owns the domain. (WHOIS) – Microsoft owns the domain.

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