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Do Your Homework – EA did not buy (directly)


So you’ve all probably clicked the link to: Quickly you realize this is NOT the official site for Activision’s third installment on the series, Modern Warfare 3 – is. I did my homework, and despite what rumors there are floating around that Electronic Arts bought the domain, they haven’t. At least, not directly – perhaps they’ve contracted the purchase to not be directly linked.

But here are the results of a WHOIS search on

WHOIS information for :


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   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: SEDNS.EA.COM
   Name Server: SWDNS.EA.COM
   Status: clientTransferProhibited
   Updated Date: 27-sep-2010
   Creation Date: 02-oct-1998
   Expiration Date: 01-oct-2011

Now compare to the results of a WHOIS search on

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We will have to wait for an official announcement from Electronic Arts whether they were involved or not. Activision never owned – so it’s not a case of “swooping” the domain.