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THQ to giveaway Metro 2033 for free, according to its newest domain names

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In October, THQ allowed customers to purchase the first-person shooter Metro 2033 for half-off for an entire week.

Now, it looks like THQ may sweeten the deal on Metro 2033 by giving it away for free, as the release date for Metro: Last Light draws closer and closer.

This week THQ appears to have privately registered several names hinting at the offer, like (WHOIS) and (WHOIS).

Currently, the actual company that registered the names is hidden behind Go Daddy’s WHOIS privacy service, but as you can see from the screenshot below, the domains are listed on THQ’s nameservers.

Metro 2033 WHOIS record

While it’s still only speculation, here’s a look at several of the domains THQ apparently registered.

At the time of this story, THQ has made no official announcement, but with Black Friday and the holidays right around the corner, news could be coming soon.

UPDATE 1 – NOV. 18, 2012: It’s a good thing I took a screenshot of the WHOIS record.  Since the story was published, the domain names have changed name servers and are now parked with Go Daddy.  THQ also decided to park (WHOIS) at Go Daddy, which it has owned for some time and once sent visitors to an official web site, according to screen shot history.

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Citrix to unveil a new, company launches teaser web page

Citrix has put a teaser web page online at that says, “A new Cloud is on the horizon”.  The website invites visitors to sign up for email updates to get a jump on access.

Except for the one-page teaser, not much is known about the upcoming update., which was originally funded by Redpoint Ventures, Nexus Capital and Index Ventures, was acquired by Citrix Systems in 2011 for more than $200 million.

The last screenshot of, taken on November 8, 2012, shows the website as it looked before switching to the new lander. November 8, 2012

The Twitter account for, which can be found at has been silent since early April.

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EA put up $80K to buy Battlefield domain, owns all the way up to


Earlier this month Marchex announced it would be splitting into two companies, with Marchex becoming a pure play mobile advertising company and Archeo focusing on a premium domain and advertising marketplace.

With the news came the announcement of the company’s top 500 domain sales (PDF), one of which included the sale of to Electronic Arts for $80,000 USD.

A number of bloggers and tech journalists wrote about the news, with blogs like Domain Name Wire digging into the historical sales to learn which companies plunked down cash to acquire names.  As Andrew Allemann points out, several paid top dollar.  Glam Network dropped $90,000 for, while Google shelled out $100,000 for and $40,000 for

Electronic Arts has invested a lot of money into its Battlefield franchise and its domain report card shows it has succeeded in the online arena.

In June 2011, EA acquired for an undisclosed amount of cash.

The company also owns other matching names in the video game series like (WHOIS), (WHOIS), (WHOIS), (WHOIS), (WHOIS), and (WHOIS).

Battlefield 1943

It’s already been reported that the franchise isn’t ending at Battlefield 3 with talk of Battlefield 4 already swirling around the internet.

Perhaps though, Battlefield will see new releases to rival Activision’s Modern Warfare for years to come.

EA currently owns names all the way up to according to WHOIS records. WHOIS record
That’s right, Electronic Arts owns (WHOIS), (WHOIS), (WHOIS), (WHOIS) and even (WHOIS).

While one might say owning all these names may be nothing more than EA protecting its intellectual property, one could also speculate that EA has long term plans going far beyond Battlefield 4.

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League of Legends Fantasy League? Tencent owned ZAM registers domains

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The idea of launching a fantasy league for online battle arena game “League of Legends” has been the subject of many forum messages on, so the idea is nothing new.

But now it looks like a fantasy league is being developed by ZAM Network, a Tencent owned company that operates a number of gaming and addon sites like Wowhead, LolKing and D3DB.

According to WHOIS records, on November 1, 2012, ZAM Network registered the domain names (WHOIS), (WHOIS), (WHOIS), and (WHOIS).

ZAM didn’t stop there.  It also registered (WHOIS) and (WHOIS).

Here’s a look at the WHOIS record for WHOIS record

Tencent, which also has a majority stake in Riot Games, acquired ZAM earlier this year.  Because ZAM is being backed by one of the largest internet companies, you can bet they will have the budget and resources to successfully run a fantasy league.

As of right now, ZAM hasn’t made any official announcement.  Nor do any of the domain names direct visitors to a gaming site.

At the time of this story being published, each of the names sends visitors to a parked web page at Go Daddy, where they were registered.

In May 2012, ZAM acquired LoLKing, an online summoner database that boasts over 50,000 users per month according to a rough traffic estimate by Compete.

LoL King

I’ve reached out to ZAM for more information about the ‘League of Legends Fantasy League’, and will update this post if I hear back.

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ZeniMax to launch new online store for games like Doom? (Domains registered)

Elder Scrolls store

ZeniMax Media registered several domains this week around the name “store” through the brand protection agency Corporation Service Company.

According to WHOIS records, Bethesda Softworks’ parent company ZeniMax picked up names like,, and

So, could ZeniMax be planning to announce a new online store?  In the past, it had a store at, which is now home to The Elder Scrolls Construction Set Wiki.  As of today, the company has yet to announce anything official, but with the holidays fast approaching, it is possible there could be some news soon.

Here’s a look at the list of domain names, all registered on October 30, 2012.

Currently, none of the domain names resolve to a web page.

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