I doubt they have any intrest in "taking over", posting gill selling ads or anything like that. I doubt there will really be any change in that way at all, no involvments in things of that nature. He is just ensuring the survival of the sites that indirectly affect his business.
He makes huge profits from ingame currency trade, sites like Alla, KI, somepage etc all boost the games that he makes money from. It's good sense to ensure there survival and make the games more popular, either by buying the site directly to ensure its future or with heavy support via banner adds on those sites.
I have a different take, I believe IGE is trying to buy public opinion in the most blatant way possible, by usurping communities who take a stand against their company. The prevalence of 12 post scholars who 'accidentaly' quote IGE or mention gilbuying (notice selling is almost never mentioned) and the absence of anti-RMT posters who have left the boards in the last couple of days means the tone of this board has already swung to Brocks benifit.
Thu, Feb 10th 2005
By: Allakhazam Defender of Justice
Interesting. I've know IGE owned Thottbot for quite a while now, but didn't want to post about it. I knew they were advertising on ogaming at one point, but didn't realize they had bought them outright. IGE tried to buy us a while ago and when we refused to have anything to do with them vowed to create a network to rival ours. Looks like they are on their way to doing so. I suggest you spread the word so others know about this too. I know people playing EQ2 would be interested in this info too.
One year back, they rejected an offer. Looks like IGE created a network that didn't just rival, but swallowed alla whole.
Now in retaliation for having to give you the birds and the bees talk you have to give your parents the noobs talk.
Hehe, the other day I had to explain to my old man what 'snail mail' was ^^
Oh, if you're wondering what these 12 post scholars sound like, here's a thread:Linky