Honestly, we are surprised it took Activision this long. A report from Fusible has noted a July 15th filing of an official complaint (opens as .pdf) by Activision as means of domain dispute against www.modernwarfare3.com, which redirects traffic to the official page for EA’s upcoming Battlefield 3. The measure, Activision’s first complaint, cost the company $2,600 and acts as the beginning for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (or UDRP) that will lead to a case resolution.
“It appears that the Respondent supports the game Battlefield from the game developer Electronic Arts (“EA”). EA is one of Complainant’s principal competitors in the video game industry, and Battlefield game competes in the marketplace with Complainant’s MODERN WARFARE games and its other military-themed shooter games in the CALL OF DUTY series.” – excerpt from domain dispute complaint text.
This process has revealed the maker of the site, one Anthony Abraham of Florida, who is reportedly just a Battlefield fan, and not an EA employee as many expected. Abraham was outed when the domain registrar website GoDaddy.com removed its Domains By Proxy (DBP) service from modernwarfare3.com. We have contacted Abraham for comment, and are currently awaiting response.