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New Trion Worlds game? CEO Scott Hartsman registers “Trove” game domains [UPDATED]


Could something new be in the works at Trion Worlds, maker of internet game Rift?

Several domain registrations in the past week seem to point to the possibility.

Trion Worlds’ CEO Scott Hartsman and brand protection agency MarkMonitor registered a slew of names related to an unannounced project called “Trove”.

MarkMonitor, which is also the registrar for, privately registered names for the phrase “Play Trove” in a number of different extensions like and Each of the names reside on Trion’s name servers at While Scott Hartsman scooped up names for “Trove Game” such as and

Trion Worlds Inc. even shows up on the WHOIS record of some “Trove” domains.

Play Trove

None of the domain names currently resolve to a website.  But based on the sheer number and timing, one would expect an announcement to come soon.

Here’s a look at some of the domains that were registered:

The last time I wrote about Trion, the company had unveiled Defiance after paying $90,000 USD for the matching domain

Stay tuned.

UPDATE 1 November 15, 2013:. Trion Worlds has announced Trove.  You can watch the video below.


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Valve buys mysterious ‘Steam Static’ domain

Steam Static

It’s been more than a month since Valve officially announced its Steam gaming machines.  Though the Steam Machine isn’t scheduled to be launched until 2014, more details continue to emerge with a first look at Valve’s Steam Machine prototype being revealed this past week.

To make things a bit more interesting, Valve has registered the domain name

The name was privately registered through Network Solutions earlier this month, but the WHOIS record clearly shows Valve Corporation as the registrant.  The only information that is marked private is contact information like the email address. also switched domain servers to in the past 24 hours, however, it does not resolve to a website at the time of this story.

Valve has made no official announcement, so for now, Steam Static will remain a mystery.

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Disney registers domain name through brand protection agency

Disney Console

It may be something.  Or it may be nothing.  What is for sure is that Disney Enterprises, Inc. has registered the domain (WHOIS).

The domain was registered this week through Corporation Service Company (CSC), a company that helps businesses protect their brands.

In January 2013, the internet was abuzz with rumors about Disney possibly working with Apple on a video game console after the tech blog Patently Apple uncovered a patent application.

The company released its sandbox video game Infinity in August 2013.  This week, Disney Interactive announced that Disney Infinity has already sold 1,000,000 of its $75 starter packs. may be nothing more than a defensive registration tied to Disney Infinity, either way, it’s just speculation for now.

As of today, redirects users to, the landing page for Disney content (operated by the Walt Disney Internet Group).

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Sony spends a few thousand dollars for as PS4 launch date nears [UPDATED]

PlayStation 4

In a little less than 2 weeks on November 15, Sony will launch the PlayStation 4 (PS4) in North America.

Despite everything that’s going on at the company, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC for some reason acquired the domain name

According to WHOIS records, the name switched hands this week from its previous owner to Sony.

It’s anyone’s guess what “Take the Oath” will be.  At the time of this story, there is no website present at

In early October, had been listed for sale for $2,988 through Rare Names (aka BuyDomains). domain for sale

“Take the Oath” could be for anything like marketing of an upcoming Sony video game, but for now, it’s all just speculation.

On a separate but related note, Sony has been adding more names to its portfolio lately, but one name still noticeably missing is  In July 2013, Microsoft became the first company to secure the matching dotcom domain of its next-generation video game console.

Currently, re-directs visitors to a video game website that covers PlayStation news.  The name is still not owned by Sony according to WHOIS records.

UPDATE 1:. The Take The Oath website is now live at  The website is being used to market Killzone Shadow Fall.  A message on the website says, “What will you sacrifice for peace? On 11/15/13 find out for yourself. Take the Shadow Marshal oath and, using the PS4™ share button, create your very own custom gameplay trailer. Like Killzone Shadow Fall on Facebook to be notified when you can Take the Oath.”  You can watch the trailer below.

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Take-Two registers ‘NBA 2K14 Greatest Shots’ domain near the time of media event [UPDATED]


There was a media event for the next-generation version of NBA 2K14 earlier this week and the buzz continues to grow for the video game.

Interestingly enough, around the same time of the event, Take-Two Interactive Software, the parent company of 2K Sports, registered the name (WHOIS).

The domain was registered through the brand protection agency MarkMonitor, and in the past 24 hours the domain moved from MarkMonitor’s domain servers to Take-Two’s domain servers.

Will “Greatest Shots” be a mode that allows you to relive some of the most memorable shots in NBA history?

As of the time of this writing, a parked web page appears, but the move to Take-Two’s servers hints something more may be in store for “NBA 2K14 Greatest Shots”.

Here’s a look at a screenshot of the WHOIS record for the name:

While there’s been a lot of press coverage on NBA 2K14 for the next-generation consoles, there’s been no talk yet of “Greatest Shots”.

UPDATE 1: The official website has been launched at  The Facebook contest has you record your best shot and then submit it online for a chance at winning prizes.

NBA 2K14 Greatest Shots home page

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