A few years back, someone was alert enough to snag ModerWarfare3.com, a domain Activision apparently didn’t see any use for. Now they do, mostly because the site existed as an anti-Call of Duty promo, featuring either parodies of COD, or redirecting people over to the Battlefield 3 website.
EA claims their hands are clean in the mess, although they’re certainly laughing somewhere in a dark corner. Activision claims they have full rights to the domain name, filing a $2,600 dispute with the National Arbitration Forum over the URL. The site was registered over a proxy, so the actual owner is unknown. However, Activision’s reasons for filing the claim are, well, not particularly strong:
“It appears that the Respondent supports the game Battlefield from the game developer Electronic Arts (“EA”). EA is one of Complainant’s principal competitors in the video game industry, and Battlefield game competes in the marketplace with Complainant’s MODERN WARFARE games and its other military-themed shooter games in the CALL OF DUTY series.”
So, because it’s competition, a fan site, hoax or not, can’t exist? Good luck with that Activision.