I'm not sure if I'll get a response to this. However, I felt it was worth posting this, mostly in the search of answers. I find claims like "You've effectively made everyone who ******* at you earlier look like a complete ****." completely misguided, seeing as how I *don't* believe that ZAM or Affinity (whichever, they're mostly the same thing from what I understand) *actually* sold IGE. IGE is known for saying a lot of things that, well, aren't true, and being very vague and misleading. http://www.wanderinggoblin.com/literaturedetail.php?id=46
There are some interesting parts of this article I'd like to quote:
"In one interview, to which we referred above, John (Maffei) clearly stated:
'And while weâ€™re not releasing the details, itâ€™s common knowledge now that IGE is no longer a part of Affinity Media, that weâ€™re no longer in that business.'
Okay, so that's where the selling of IGE bit came from. I understand that, however:
"In an interview that took place on June 22, 2007, Affinity Media's CEO Brock Pierce doesn't so much as mention the sale of IGE. Since the interview took place at a major industry conference, one would think that this would be a major topic of discussion, but Pierce doesn't utter a word about it. Nor does Pierce even hint that Affinity is no longer in the virtual goods business.
In fact, he rather strongly indicates the opposite. In a separate write up about the same interview, the reporter gives details about Pierce's comments. In the interview, which took place at The Virtual Goods Summit, Pierce indicated...
Wait a minute...what the hell was Affinity Media's CEO doing at the definitive virtual goods conference? Affinity Media sold IGE, right? They're out of the whole gold-selling, virtual goods business, right?"
Then it goes on to quote Pierce, who generally just talks about the business and competition and such. That's not relevant here, but what IS relevant is all the talk about how Alla's has saved face because the company that owns them (Affinity) has sold IGE. Maybe they did sell IGE, however it sounds *very* obvious from several interviews and such (most that are on the link I posted above) that they are still most definitely involved in the sale of virtual goods (coins and other items).
Even further on in the article I found this:
"IGE has been â€™supposedlyâ€™ sold off by Affinity Media. They used FUD when they purchased OGaming. They used FUD when they purchased Allakhazam. Just some more FUD - rest assured IGE/Affinity Media are still very connected.
The FUD doesnâ€™t end. Remember - I sold OGaming to IGE, while they claimed it was â€˜RPG Holdingsâ€™ that purchased it. Iâ€™ve experienced it firsthand. I talked to another contact - it is a bit byzantine (how the site was â€™soldâ€™), but as it stands, IGE US LLCâ€™s parent company is Affinity Media. Certain properties may have been sold, but not the company itself." - Ahmed Farooq, former IGE employee.
Maybe that's not true, maybe Affinity DID sell IGE (or set up one of their ingenious fake companies to "buy" IGE so that they don't "own" it) but I still believe that they are involved in the sale of virtual goods. In that case, even if Affinity didn't "own" IGE, if they're still involved in selling virtual items (even as another website that they might own), doesn't that make this still a pretty awful turn of events?
Correct me if I'm wrong. I have no grudge against Alla's, and my aim is not to insult anyone. I just find that the people who are claiming that they were right all along and that everyone who raised a stink about this issue was a "****" might be a little misguided. I'm just looking for a bit of information.
Also, I apologize if I'm bumping a terribly old thread.