‘World of StarCraft’ Still Alive; Blizzard Asks Modder to Rename It
'World of StarCraft' still lives. Though we may need to call it something else if we don't want Blizzard deleting the videos again.
Blizzard admits that it asked YouTube to remove the ‘World of StarCraft’ mod clips on the video sharing site but not because it deems the game itself is illegal, but because the name was in breach of some copyright brouhaha the gaming company has instigated.
The game mod, which was headed by Ryan Winzen, still exists to our delight and Blizzard have taken interest in the game and their group as they invited them over to have a talk with StarCraft II developers. Should everything go well, the best thing that can happen is Ryan Wizen and probably a couple of members from his crew will come back not as guests anymore, but bonafide Blizzard programmers.
There are no reports if Blizzard will further develop ‘World of StarCraft’ and make it into a legitimate name officially carrying the banner of the gaming company. Is it because Blizzard is already planning World of StarCraft before? Probably.
Here’s a snippet of Blizzard’s official statement regarding the ‘World of StarCraft’ mod:
“…With the name so closely resembling that of World of Warcraft, we wanted to discuss the title of the mod with the developer, and as part of our routine procedure, we contacted YouTube to request the video be removed while that discussion took place. We were also curious about the project and wanted to discuss with the developer what the mod entailed.”
“It was never our intention to stop development on the mod or discourage the community from expressing their creativity through the StarCraft II editor. 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. That’s why we release an editor with our RTS games, and why we feature top player-created content in the custom game search.”
And so, we wish all the best luck to Ryan Winzen and his team. May he have a fruitful encounter with Blizzard and may we all have a real World of StarCraft by the end of it.View Article Source »