Starcraft 2 is Official

May 20, 2007 Posted by Tyler Cruz
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Nine years after the launch of Starcraft, nine years of a loyal and dedicated cult following, and nine years of a South Korean nation watching televised networks of the game, Starcraft has finally announced it’s sequal: Starcraft II.

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In a stadium in Korea on May 19th, Blizzard announced Starcraft II with a fanfare of teaser trailers and gameplay videos. When I heard the news, I couldn’t believe it, and was shocked. Sure, I knew SC2 would have to come out someday, but after waiting 9 years, I had not invested any hope into it.

You see, I’m a major Starcraft fan. While I don’t really play anymore, I do from time-to-time reinstall the game and play for a few days before uninstalling it again. It’s my favourite game of all time, and believe it or not but I’ve spent more time playing Starcraft than I have doing “website stuff”.

Part of why I learned Korean and a small part of why I moved to Korea was for this game.

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Anyhow, enough dramatics. But it will help set up why I’m so gung-ho about this.

First off, for those interested, here are some quick links:

Starcraft II Official Site:
Starcraft2.com

YouTube Videos of Gameplay Presentation with Commentary:
Sc2 Unit Description Video Part 1
Sc2 Unit Description Video Part 2
Sc2 Unit Description Video Part 3
I think somebody found a leak that insinuated the release would be slated for 11/20/2007, and while that would make sense for the Christmas season, I really doubt it will be that soon. If I had to guess, it’d be more likely released either late Winter or Spring 2008. If it is indeed out in November, that’s all the more awesome though.

Anyhow, as many people know, I prefer (and encourage) to build/work with websites on subjects/topics that I enjoy, which is why I have sites pertaining to movies, poker, web development, mma, etc. Since you guys now know how much I love Starcraft, you can logically assume what’s coming next.

That’s right. Opportunity time! While this particular situation doesn’t best exemplify striking while the iron is hot because Starcraft (the original) has been out for 9 years and thus a ton of domains are already taken, it still shows the value of it.

I went out and purchased the following domains:

  • StarcraftForums.info 
  • StarcraftForums.net 
  • StarcraftForum.net 
  • StarcraftForum.org 
  • StarcraftForum.info 
  • StarcraftTips.com
  • StarcraftHelp.com 
  • StarcraftCheats.net 
  • Starcraft-Forums.com

Most of those I plan to resell in the future so they were simple investments, but I definitely plan on developing a Starcraft 2 site. I have to.. it’d be wrong for me not to.

I’m currently in negotiation with a few more domains as well. I’m doing this more for competition reasons than anything else though; I plan on making at least a Starcraft Forum, possibly an entire site, and so I want to make it as hard as possible for other SC “start-ups” to compete with me.

Thus, I also made a few phone calls :)

I contacted the South African Honorary Consulate. Why? Well back in ’97 I had a run in with… just kidding. He actually owned the domain SC2.net and so I bought it off him. It will take about a week before it’s in my hands though due to the escrow process. Ugh, I paid a lot for the domain. Exactly how much, I won’t say, at least not yet. Help calm me down by saying it’s a good domain please :)

Lastly, I almost got Starcraft2.net believe it or not. I had made several high offers on the domain to the guy, but he was adamant of developing it. I mean no disrespect to him but I think he should have accepted my offer. He sounded like he could just throw up a quick-n-basic site and rake in the dough… maybe he can prove me wrong.

Domain isn’t everything though, especially since SC is 9 years old. Which makes this potentially a lot more difficult for me. However, since I know a lot about the game, that will help me as well.

So yeah, I’ll probably be developing StarcraftForums.net/SC2.net. I’ve already hired a great vBulletin designer.

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Posted: May 20th, 2007 under My Websites  

15 Responses to “Starcraft 2 is Official”

  1. Chris says:

    Wow…what madness.

    Tyler, you list 7 forums at the top of your blog that are far from active why not put some effort into marketing and promoting the sites you already have?

  2. Ron says:

    I’m pretty excited about StarCraft 2 as well, I saw the announcement on Yahoo yesterday.

  3. Rory says:

    Well, As Usual I miss all these important gaming announcements, which is is pretty sad as my Main site is a Gaming New site :)
    Anyways, I heard it was going to be a Starcraft MMO. and I was about to buy a related domain. Nice save of $10

    I use to play SC, then around WC3 came out , I quickly transfered.

  4. DotMySpot says:

    YEAH!! I’m waiting for this game like forever :)) i love it

  5. wesley says:

    I’m currently in negotiation with a few more domains as well. I’m doing this more for competition reasons than anything else though; I plan on making at least a Starcraft Forum, possibly an entire site, and so I want to make it as hard as possible for other SC “start-ups” to compete with me.

    – Yes, getting the domain name is the hard part…

  6. Flowselling says:

    wow that is great news, i can’t wait for SC2! wish ya good luck with your new forum :) off to play a game of WC3…

  7. Dan says:

    SC2 should be awesome. The first one was great; only multiplayer game you could play on a 28.8kbps modem with no lag.

  8. Tom says:

    I have
    starcraft2.sc

    “starcraft 2 source”

  9. Tyler Cruz says:

    I managed to indeed grab Starcraft2.net as of a few minutes ago. I’ll blog about it later.

  10. wesley says:

    It’s going to be awesome when blizzard comes after you :)

  11. Bryan Le says:

    I’m a HUGE SC fan. I’d love for you to develop the forum. I’d be all over it faster then I’d be on Alba’s behind.

    hehe. Good luck with the projects old friend.

  12. Idris says:

    I think the worries over a forum are just. There’s no doubt you will be able to find someone to create a nice skin for it but you’ll need luck for it to get off the ground (publisherforums and the others look nice but you’d struggle to say they have taken off despite being online for a while now).

    Getting a decent looking web page and tacking the forum to it might be an idea. You’d need to work quickly as there are probably a few others with a similar idea but if you could get a site up which looks as flash as your forums and fill it with news about the new game you may be able to secure yourself as one of the de facto sites for Starcraft 2 news.

  13. Money Blog says:

    This has nothing to do with this post, but I was curious about merendi.com. Is that your “company”, or did you set that up with anyone else?

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