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6-29-2007 @ 3:11AM
"But this has nothing to do with IGE any more-- both Brock Pierce and IGE are out of Affinity's picture. That's what I've been told in this interview and elsewhere, and it seems to be true."As I understand it Brock Pierce is remaining on Affinity's board of directors. At least that's what this email that is supposedly from him announcing his leaving the company 2 days ago suggests:http://bbs.15995.com/viewthread.php?tid=6359&extra=page%3D1(I can't say for sure that this is true, but it seems legit)."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."I guess it really comes down to this. To consider that IGE was ever legitimate is rather difficult for me to understand. It did business on games that the Terms of Service explicitly forbade RMT, in fact it continues to do so (though apparently under new ownership).You say that your competition used less scrupulous means. However, IGE bought virtual currency/items from anyone who wanted to sell to them as long as they weren't overstocked.How do you suppose these people acquired the items? I'm sure some of them were legitimate players choosing to quit playing and selling off their stuff. However, I'm sure just as many were the people exploiting the unscrupulous means you mention.Your board member and (until recently) Chairman and CEO co-founded IGE. IGE was a major part in popularizing the RMT business in the United States. It was (and probably still is) the most well known source for purchasing virtual currency/items.From your comments here it seems to me that IGE was sold simply because it was no longer making money as more and more people got in the business. Not because you've suddenly seen the light as to the improperness of your actions.We have no proof you sold IGE, we have nothing but your word to go on. Given the past history of your company and Brock Pierce (and his history isn't just IGE) this doesn't mean much.Would you believe someone who made it their business to encourage people to violate contracts?
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