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6-28-2007 @ 7:54PM
Ah! I think I see the source of the misunderstanding.Let me quote for emphasis: "And, you know, he had some concerns about our past affiliations with IGE-- WE HAVE SOLD THE BUSINESS, but we actually told him, they're different businesses, we're very interested in investing in the content space, and this is where we really want to focus on."IGE has been sold. We no longer own them. It was not sold to a representative of the company--it was not sold to someone who has any direct affiliation with us whatsoever. There is no shell game here--the class action lawsuit pending against IGE does not affect Affinity Media at all. There is absolutely NO connection between IGE and Affinity Media, aside from past history.Affinity Media does still own some assets in Korea, which are based around the theory of facilitating transactions between players, rather than farming gold for resale. In Korea this is a widely popular, mainstream, accepted practice. It is not accepted practice in North America, and so Affinity has made no significant effort to develop that business here. We're trying really hard to integrate our business with publishers.Even when IGE was a part of the company, it struggled because of Affinity Media's insistence on remaining a legitimate business. IGE didn't use unscrupulous means to further their business, and as a result they're being forced out by businesses which DO use less scrupulous means--like the aforementioned Peon-related website. This, I believe, was the primary motivation behind the sale of the company.Knowing now about Brock's resignation, I hope it makes Brock's comments at the VGSummit a little more clear.
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