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World of StarCraft Modder Gets Job Offer

By - Source: Pixelated Geek | B 21 comments

While 'World of StarCraft' walks the fine line between life and death, modder Ryan Winzen has received a job offer from another developer.

Wednesday while writing a report that StarCraft 2 modder Ryan Winzen was creating an unofficial MMORPG based on the StarCraft universe, Activision requested that YouTube remove the sample videos, claiming copyright infringement. It was a surprising move given that other StarCraft 2 videos reside on Google’s popular video website, leading us to wonder if a possible MMORPG is in the works over at Blizzard.

"The Deputy General Council from Blizzard contacted me last night to discuss the details of the 'World of Starcraft' project," Winzen said on Wednesday. "We talked for a while and apparently some people from Blizzard were concerned I was developing the game somehow outside of SC2. Anyways I explained the details of the project to him and made it clear this mod was to be developed within SC2."

He went on to reveal an interesting little tidbit. "After that was clear he obviously wanted the name to be changed," he added. "I'm trying to work with him to get the name StarCraft Universe (currently in holding by Mille25) or StarCraft Chronicles. I am fully respectful of Blizzard's Intellectual property, and they DO in fact own a copyright on 'World of StarCraft' and have EVERY RIGHT to do what they did. If I want to continue this project I'm at the mercy of Blizzard's good graces since they OWN it all."

At this point, the MMORPG still looks to be alive and kicking as long as it remains within StarCraft II and doesn't use the World of StarCraft name. However, despite whether the mod lives or dies, the project and accompanying attention from Activision Blizzard has caught the eye of game developer/publisher Riot Games (League of Legends).

"When I see a modder with a lot of drive that has done something cool, I tend to contact them," said Zileas, Design Director of Riot Games. "I shot him an email recently asking if he was interested in exploring an opportunity here. As to what comes of that, who knows -- that depends on the mutual fit and his own goals."

Winzen said that the developer contacted him for a potential position in game design. "I'm not special though I will have to go through the application process and testing like everyone else, and this is not a 100-percent guaranteed thing, and I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do at the moment," he admitted. "There's a lot going on outside of what I've even mentioned here."

As of Thursday the World of StarCraft demo video had reappeared on YouTube, as seen below. Currently the mod is in a pre-alpha stage. When completed, it will require to function, Winzen said.

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    davewolfgang , January 20, 2011 3:47 PM
    I'd But it!!!
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    jisamaniac , January 20, 2011 3:50 PM
    flippin' awesome!
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    overclockingrocks , January 20, 2011 4:03 PM
    That looks like so much fun. and I'm thinking since it's SC but like WoW you could have a persistant universe or planet with players of all 3 races working together with fellow players of that race to conquer the entire game world. Personally seems like an amazing mod and I might not play WoW but I could DEFINITELY see myself playing this it looks awesome even at this stage of development.
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    Khimera2000 , January 20, 2011 4:19 PM
    0.o so there isss a starcraft MMO in the works!
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    RipperjackAU , January 20, 2011 4:30 PM

    ...ya think!
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    James296 , January 20, 2011 4:49 PM
    RipperjackAU...ya think!

    Rolf XD that is so true and sadly I would want to try it.
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    noblerabbit , January 20, 2011 5:05 PM
    is the job offer , a janitor at a prison penetentiary? Isn't that where people go for altering Blizzard games TOS?
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    wolfram23 , January 20, 2011 5:06 PM
    Wow maybe I won't regret owning SC2 after this comes out!
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    irtehyar , January 20, 2011 5:15 PM
    I love how hard blizz protects what it stole from Games Workshop!
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    skine , January 20, 2011 5:47 PM
    khimera20000.o so there isss a starcraft MMO in the works!

    Not necessarily.

    Rather, Blizzard is just calling dibs on the name, regardless of whether a World of Starcraft game ever comes to fruition.
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    segio526 , January 20, 2011 6:50 PM
    This does point to an office World of StarCraft release. IP law is pretty big on use it or lose it (that's how the term "netbook" became generic even though a company had a trademark on it. They weren't using it, so the courts took it away. Very basic explanation). Even though they hold the TM on StarCraft, they don't appear to care about it being used. They only cared about World of StarCraft specifically.
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    aracheb , January 20, 2011 7:02 PM
    wooooooowwww. that a lot of work for a single person...

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    borisof007 , January 20, 2011 8:08 PM
    Pretty talented individual, no wonder Riot Games contacted him. I wouldn't be surprised if a few others did too (Or why Blizzard didn't talk with him themselves? If he's that talented and loves Blizzard that much, maybe he should apply there?)
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    ArmageddonRising , January 20, 2011 8:36 PM
    Damn. Hes good. I'm honestly stunned. Hes an extremely talented individual.
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    ArmageddonRising , January 20, 2011 8:39 PM
    I would appreciate if an admin fixed the little typo in the article. The author is saying that Activision asked to have the videos removed, when it was blizzard. Don't know what he was thinking.
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    pacioli , January 20, 2011 10:33 PM
    armageddonrisingI would appreciate if an admin fixed the little typo in the article. The author is saying that Activision asked to have the videos removed, when it was blizzard. Don't know what he was thinking.

    Activision owns Blizzard...
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    cronik93 , January 20, 2011 11:06 PM
    Here's his forum:

    He has like 2-3 people helping him but the fact that he's the master mind behind this incredible mod.
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    Travis Beane , January 21, 2011 12:50 AM
    I LoL at anyone who takes League of Legends seriously.
    pacioliActivision owns Blizzard...

    Rather unfortunately. Not a single of the original devs form Diablo are working on Diablo 3, assuming I remember correctly.

    Wonderful modding skills, I wish the best of luck to them.
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    eddieroolz , January 21, 2011 8:03 AM
    Hopefully it will get him somewhere.
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    Specter0420 , January 21, 2011 5:56 PM
    This is great to here, I know Ryan and he is a great guy. He is a marine and has done his duty serving his country that way and if he is successful with this project he will be serving this country in another great way!
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