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Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod

Blizzard now offers a statement on the news that they had a video taken down for the World of StarCraft modification. "It was never our intention to stop development on the mod or discourage the community from expressing their creativity through the StarCraft II editor," Blizzard said in a statement found on Gamasutra. "As always, we actively encourage development of custom maps and mods for StarCraft II, as we’ve done with our strategy games in the past." Blizzard also expresses interest in seeing how the mod turns out, and say they have invited the author (who is apparently being courted by Riot Games) to their campus to meet the development team.

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12. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 21, 2011, 09:51 necrosis
 
Tavil wrote on Jan 20, 2011, 22:58:
This is a great move on Blizz's part. Im pretty sure it was Activision and their lawyers who were the dick in this, not Blizzard.
This is what I am thinking too. Activation took action and Blizzard went all WTF?
 
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11. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 21, 2011, 08:56 Verno
 
This whole situation was especially amusing when you consider how many movies and books Blizzard made homeage to in WoW, some of it going almost past the point of parody.  
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10. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 21, 2011, 08:53 gilly775
 
whoa, whoa, whoa. I thought I read something awhile back about Blizzard being anti-mod on Diablo 3, yet they encourage this in SC? wow...  
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9. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 21, 2011, 08:24 sauron
 
Yeah, it looks like some corporate suit got all legal, but then the folks in charge at Blizzard realized they could turn the whole thing into an asset. So they told the suit to shut up.

If this mod is good, and the coder involved is talented, and they really are working on World of Starcraft, then all they need to do is hire him. They get some new talent, plus points from the community. Easy win.
 
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8. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 21, 2011, 07:29 Tavil
 
Im convinced they are separate, and if Mr.Kottick ever tried to boss Blizzard around their is likely a clause in contract that says Blizz could go their merry way. Blizzard is just too big. They do what they want.  
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7. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 21, 2011, 05:28 Paketep
 
Yep, damage control.  
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6. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 21, 2011, 02:52 Kxmode
 
Kajetan wrote on Jan 21, 2011, 01:21:
So, the video is up again?

http://gamevideos.1up.com/video/id/32639/bigger
 
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5. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 21, 2011, 01:21 Kajetan
 
So, the video is up again? No?

And more corporate bullshit talk ...
 
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4. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 21, 2011, 01:03 Cutter
 
Tavil wrote on Jan 20, 2011, 22:58:
This is a great move on Blizz's part. Im pretty sure it was Activision and their lawyers who were the dick in this, not Blizzard.

Or so they'd have you believe. We'll see how this all pans out and whether it's still Blizzard or it's officially Acti-Bliz now.
 
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3. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 20, 2011, 22:58 Tavil
 
This is a great move on Blizz's part. Im pretty sure it was Activision and their lawyers who were the dick in this, not Blizzard.  
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2. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 20, 2011, 22:14 Hellcinder
 
Damage control after the brain fart.  
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1. Re: Blizzard Not Killing World of StarCraft Mod Jan 20, 2011, 21:25 Tumbler
 
"It was never our intention to stop development on the mod or discourage the community from expressing their creativity through the StarCraft II editor,"

This is laughable statement when you follow up with this:

a move the company says was part of its routine procedure while reaching out to "discuss with the developer what the mod entailed."

It's routine to issue cease and desist letters for mod footage posted on youtube? Seems kind of specific, like you were hunting for anything related to that title, World of Starcraft.

More likely you're making this game and you legally have to pursue this if you want to hold that name for yourself.
 
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