Who knows what the future holds for the Xbox, but a recent complaint (Case Number: 1445083) filed with the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), may hint at things to come down the road.
The domain dispute appeared on NAF’s website today and includes xbox8.org, xboxcompanion.com, xboxlivetv.com, xboxphone.com, and xboxtablet.com.
All of the names are owned by a resident of China who goes by the name “cheng juan”.
According to UDRP rules, if more than one domain being disputed is held by the same respondent, all of the names may be included in the same complaint. Rule 3(b)(vi).
At the time of this story, xbox8.org resolves to a Go Daddy parked page, xboxcompanion.com, xboxtablet.com and xboxlivetv.com are listed for sale, and xboxphone.com redirects visitors to a different site.
Microsoft released an Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone users in late 2011.
It’s also been rumored Xbox Live would be coming to other platforms.
Microsoft Corporation has won many of its disputes including two disputes that helped take down fake Halo 4 beta websites.
I wouldn’t expect the outcome in this case to be any different.
Of course, this kind of affair happens really often, without having the expected product release inevitably after, it could be just a matter of securing important domain name.
Here's the site where you can check the case, commenced the 22 may
And what it shows:
1445083 xbox8.org, xboxcompanion.com, xboxlivetv.com, xboxphone.com, xboxtablet.com - UDRP 05/22/2012 Pending
So your thoughts about this ?
- Just classic trademarks move, and Microsoft won't release something like that ?
- A xbox software suite that will be available for tablets and phones running on Windows 8 ? Building an "Xbox ecosystem" for different equipments ?
- A next gen "Xbox 8" featuring a tablet controller ? If this is the case, how do you feel about it, in regard to Wii U ? A rip off from Nintendo, again, or the natural evolution of the control schemes, seeing the big trend of mobile, tablet devices, and games dedicated to those ?
I think a streamlining, a sort of standardization, of the next generation home systems controllers, could be interesting, with developers more incline to take advantage of what it bring to the table, rather than treating it like an "exotic" feature just available on one platform of the three, hence more or less ignored or used in a lazy manner, like we saw for some studios for this generation.