News Video Games no longer shows company website, displays youth baseball page

It appears video game developer Black Ops Entertainment has taken down their company website at in favor of putting up a web page that displays a broken photo album from a church’s baseball team in San Francisco, California.

The change occurred within the last week and comes as the release date nears for Black Ops 2, the sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops, which became the best-selling game in U.S. history.

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Screenshot of on Oct. 7, 2012

You can look at past internet statistics to see that traffic to the popular web address (not owned by Activision) will be increasing as fans type the domain name into their browser, expecting to find more information about the video game.

In the months building up to the game’s initial launch in 2010, traffic went from nearly zero to thousands.

The reasons for the website change now all of the sudden are unknown, though theories are plentiful.

Black Ops Entertainment hasn’t developed a console game in years, the last one apparently being AND 1 Streetball in 2006, which was released on the Playstation 2 and Xbox.  In recent years, it appears the company has been focused on developing apps for the iPad like iTraderPro, which has nothing to do with video games.

Is it possible the company has no more plans to develop video games and is planning to rebrand itself?

The domain name itself is a hot commodity.

Could Activision be negotiating a deal to acquire the name?  The timing certainly seems right.

Or, could it be nothing more than a webmaster error?  Other links on the site work such as, just not the home page.

As reported here last January, Activision secretly acquired for an undisclosed amount.

I’ve reached out to Black Ops Entertainment for comment and will update this story if I hear back.

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Activision applies for ‘The Roman Numeral II’, other Black Ops 2 trademarks

The Roman Numeral II

Activision applied for several U.S. trademarks this past week related to Call of Duty: Black Ops II which is scheduled to be released this November.  The trademark applications include “The Roman Numeral II”, “The Future is Black” and “There’s a Soldier in All of Us”.

Activision submitted two trademark applications (85673176, 85673166) for “The Roman Numeral II” which, of course, can be seen in the cover-art for the video game in a solid orange color.

“The Future is Black” is a tagline for the game and was used in the official reveal trailer that was published back in the beginning of May.  The filing (Serial Number: 85673145) like the others in the batch, covers computer game software and entertainment services.

The company looks to be protecting its IP as it ramps up marketing ahead of the game’s release.

“There’s a soldier in all of us” has been a tagline for Black Ops since the first game released worldwide in November 2010.  The trademark application (Serial Number: 85673131) was filed along with the others on July 10.

If you haven’t seen the official reveal trailer, you can watch it below.

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Sequel may be closer as Activision secretly acquires domain

Black Ops 2

A sequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops, one of the best-selling games of all-time, may seem more likely as it appears Activision has secretly acquired the domain name

First registered in May 2010 shortly after Black Ops was announced, the domain remained under Whois privacy up until this week using Go Daddy’s Domains by Proxy service.

Now, the domain (Whois) has switched from Domains by Proxy to the privacy service provided by internet brand protection company MarkMonitor, who caters to over half the Fortune 100, of which Activision is a client.

In August, I reported that Activision went through MarkMonitor to buy up a slew of Black Ops domains, all the way up to 

Missing from the list was 

A deal has now apparently been struck.

Treyarch, the development studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops, hasn’t officially gone on record to say it is creating a sequel.  But with all these domain acquisitions, signs point to a Black Ops 2 being a very strong possibility in 2012.

If a cash amount was paid, the sale price of the domain will likely remain unknown, as the previous owner’s identity and contact information were hidden through Go Daddy’s privacy service.

As of today, does not resolve a web page.

[Update 1 on February 17, 2012: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been outed by Amazon reports GameSpy.]

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