News Video Games domain registration by Activision adds to mystery

Skylanders Patriots

Almost a week after I first reported that Activision had purchased several “Skylanders Giants” domain names like and, it appears the video game company has registered another new Skylanders domain, further adding to the mystery of the company’s future plans for the Skylanders brand.

On January 24, it appears Activision registered the domain name (Whois), through the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor, a service that over half the Fortune 100 rely on for online brand protection.

The “Skylanders Giants” story created quite a buzz among gaming and tech sites like Joystiq,, and Giant Bomb, but as of today, there has been no official word from Activision.

At the time of this story, does not resolve to a website.

[Update 1 on January 26, 2012:  Reporting Gamer suggests the registrations may be for a Skylanders sports game pitting the Giants vs Patriots.]

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Domains show Activision may create a new game called “Skylanders Giants”

Sklyanders Giants game

Activision, which is a known client of the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor, has apparently gone on a small buying spree for “Skylanders Giants” domain names, hinting that a new game is in the works.

On January 19, the video game company that released Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure last year, acquired six domains with Skylanders Giants in the name like and

Although the owner of each name is hidden behind Whois privacy, because MarkMonitor is in the business of protecting brands of some of the biggest companies, the owner is all but guaranteed to be Activision.

Here’s the list of names that were registered:

At the time of this story none of the domains resolve to a website and Activision has made no official announcement.

[Update 1 on February 7, 2012: Activision announced Skylanders: Giants. It is scheduled to be released in Fall 2012.]

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News Video Games Official site for Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure on the web

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure

[Updated: Skylanders Universe BETA opened in mid-October at but Activision has failed to re-direct the domain to the site at the time of this update.]


The upcoming Activision game Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure set for release on October 16, 2011 in the United States, allows players to connect action figures to the platform of their choice.  The video game and toys will work with consoles including the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii. 

But for those people without a game system, Skylanders will also be playable on the web. 

Activision already has an official website that provides details about the game on, but the actual site for playing the web version of the game come October, will likely be, according to recent domain registrations.

Activision has been busy registering domain names this past week for Modern Warfare 6 and Black Ops 6, a yet-to-be-announced Call of Duty Elite Founders Program, and now for Skylander’s Spyro’s Adventure.

The domains, all registered on August 16 through its registrar MarkMonitor include:, and

References to Skylander’s Universe have been popping up on the web, on UK product order pages for the Nintendo 3DS version of the game.

Skylanders Universe

Here’s a look at the Whois record.

        Mary Tuck
        Activision Publishing, Inc
        3100 Ocean Park Blvd.
         Santa Monica CA 90405
    Domain Name:

        Registrar Name:
        Registrar Whois:
        Registrar Homepage: http ://

    Created on…………..: 2011-08-16.
    Expires on…………..: 2013-08-16.
    Record last updated on..: 2011-08-17.