Stratics MMO players turn to Indiegogo in bid to buy their own site

    
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If you’ve been playing MMOs for as long as I have, then Stratics.com was probably one of the first MMO websites you ever visited, just as it was mine. And though you may have moved on, its community is still rich, serving players from multiple MMOs, most notably Ultima Online, for which it’s been the players’ primary communication platform in the many long years since EA discontinued game forums.

Now that community is threatened. Early this week, the Stratics’ staff learned that the entire site has been placed up for auction by its owner. Being MMO players, they didn’t roll over; they’re forming a corporation and raising money on Indiegogo to bid for the site themselves — a move retweeted by no less than Richard Garriott and supported by the site’s owner himself. I freaking love this genre.

At the time of this writing, the bidding for the site on Flippa stands at $5,650 US. The Indiegogo campaign is underway for those who’d like to contribute.

With sincere thanks to Captain Electric.

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SeanNeubert It sounded like he only bought it in the first place to try to make money off of it, and he bungled that by ruining the relationship between it and EA (at least if you believe the forums :D). Unlike the people who run the site, he doesn’t have any emotional attachment to it.

SeanNeubert
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SeanNeubert

Used to be a mod over at Stratics back in the day. So many good memories, was a time before the forums where full of whiners and jerks (at least that’s how I plan to remember it).

This seems like kind of a d*ck move by the owner. For only a few grand you would think he would just hand it over to the community to keep the site alive.

Ceder
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Ceder

Nah Massively should just buy it.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

If I read the Flippa correctly, the reserve has already been met so I assume it will be sold to someone.

$1 in profit per 3,000 page views.  Game sites don’t exactly print money do they?

P.S.: I was comparing this with massivelyop.com on Alexa:  is 4.02% of MOP search traffic really “my order from sep 26 2015”???

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

Vikaernes  Could be worse, could be CN.

Captain Electric
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Captain Electric

Shards Online team (Citadel Studios) retweeted :-)

Triberius
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Triberius

GabeNewellFetish The individuals who run the site do so all on a volunteer basis,  they didn’t learn that the owner of the site had put it on the auction block until after it had already been posted.

GabeNewellFetish
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GabeNewellFetish

I’m sorry, but what? The site runners learned that the they were putting their own site up for auction and decided to do a fundraiser to bid on their own site that they’re auctioning off and they support their own effort to bid on their own site that they’re auctioning off?

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Gariott went so far as to retweet?  Wow.  Impressive.

$5000 is like a quarter to him.  Thanks for the retweet.

Nicodemaus
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Nicodemaus

Please pardon my ignorance, but who owns the site to begin with? and to put it up for auction in the first place? I understand things like Aol owning Massively. but isn’t the fansite owned by one of the fans?