Jun 29th 2007 1:10AM I fail to see the different in the c-c model here. You have no idea who the players actualy are so it's a very weak argument that it's different. How are people supposed to know that all this stuff going up for sale is just not being farmed or bought in to accounts held by the company from farming outfits. Verty sceptical about this argument to say the least.
I think affinity should just simply say, "Yes we are involved in RMT" intead of skirting around this whole issue. The more intelligent readers know what the score is, and at the end of the day, there are millions of players just like Sarah that have a morals and certainly don't want to line the corporate pockets using methods that are against the TOS of any game, rules that the normal player abides by diligently.
Bottom line is that Affinity and WoWHead came out with a whole load of BS in the hope that the WOW community would simply buy it. Those that are against the RMT will move on to other sites. The others who don't care then so be it, stick with it and keep the farming, account stealing and all the unsavoury acts that affect thousands of players on a weekly basis going. And if your account does get hacked, remeber it was used for RMT purposes and nothing else.
Jun 28th 2007 10:32PM This is a classic statement...
The question is whether the division between the Korean auction site and Wowhead is far enough that visiting Wowhead means you're not supporting gold trading. For some players, it clearly is far enough (at least an ocean away). For others, it's not. 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
So it's OK becuase you don't do it in your offices any more and having it abroad makes it fine? C'mon guys people are not that naive.
The 'we sold IGE' statment is not a blanket you can use to cover over the issue. Everyone knows you did but what everyone wasn't sure about was your involvment in the RMT business. Thanks to this interview we now all have it from the horses mouth, you are still very involved and given half a chance will do it again if you can make enough cash should the Western market change.
It sll ends up in the same bank account at the end of the day eventualy. Affinity really are trying to pull a fast one with the verbal round-abouts and assumptions. Affinity is involved in the RMT business which all its properties (WoWhead etc) benefit from at some point in the chain. Sarah has pretty much summed it up in her posts. It's very shady.
Jun 28th 2007 10:18PM Nice to see them finally admit they are involved in RMT and stop trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes. Then again that was posted days ago here. Cya WoWhead and the rest of Affinity's sites!
Jun 26th 2007 5:24PM I can't beleive people fell for the we're not IGE line. Only 3 days ago IGE were walking around Stanford University at a virtual economy summit with Affinity Media badges on. Perhaps you should do some research. And no, I have nothing to do with worldofwar.net.
Jun 26th 2007 5:15PM Understand the word 'Beta', If you read their thread constant tweaking is ongoing, its been up 24 hours. I found it as fast as WoWhead and at least it's online. I for one am going to follow the development of this, it's ad free and no gold selling w00t!
Jun 26th 2007 4:17PM All you need is the new Wowdigger.com. Ad free, gold free and a spanking new site (from the worldofwar.net team). This new site has apparently been in testing for months, has just gone live and is now in public Beta. It has most of things WoWhead has already and they say lots more to come. Oh and there is already character stuff there like banks and character compare. Bye bye WoWhead and IGE!
Jun 24th 2007 9:54AM Link to news.com story about IGE still with affinity as of yesterday.
Jun 24th 2007 9:52AM Check this. Seems IGE are still tied to Affinity. So they are talking bull. Same old lies once again.
Jun 23rd 2007 8:03PM LOL. That's the best peice of PR spin I have read in ages. Just the the garbage Allakhazam pumped out until they couldn't deny it any longer. There are so many holding companies involved in this as a smoke screen you would have to be brain-dead to beleive IGE was still not involved in Affinity in some way. IGE has not been sold off, no press release was ever issued and you'd think Affinity would be telling the world about it if it had happened to gain back all their lost visitors. In fact so would IGE.
The former employee quote is also funny. Why on earth would you release a comment like that publicly mud slinging if you were not trying to cover your tracks. Doh!
Forget WoWhead, won't be using that again that's for sure.