If you have read my article called “Do you have what it takes to be the next Spam Queen?” it actually explains everything about this obnoxious online game browser, the one that must not be named before, ehem Evony. The ubiquitous ads of Evony seems inescapable as they hog the ad space in every gaming site or non-gaming sites we visit. Since countless bloggers and advertisers complained to Google regarding this spam abuse of Evony, this is their early Christmas to all of us:
“Hi everyone — thanks for your patience so far. We’ve received all of your feedback and have looked into your concerns. Any Evony ads should now point only to evonyonline.com, so having evonyonline.com on your filter list should now effectively block all Evony ads. If you still see ads after adding this URL to your filter (and it’s been over 48 hours since you’ve added it), reply to this thread and we’ll look into it.”
Well speaking of the devil, UMGE Group, a publicaly listed game development company out of China, wants to dominate the online gaming market through their shady Evony, as well as dominating the advertisement world too. Now, it seems their next tactic for supremacy is to control the bloggers and media people by threatening them with lawsuits. Bruce Everiss, a veteran games industry marketer who runs a website at http://www.bruceongames.com/, is their first victim of this nonsense libel case they filed in Australia. The armchairdiplomat.com blog also criticize this move as saying “Now setting aside the obvious dick move on UMGE’s part by suing a UK blogger in Australia for a game owned by a Chinese company who’s servers are in America, doesn’t something have to be proved to be incorrect to technically be defamatory?” and PopeHat.com witty response “Its Lawyers Rely Upon, Act Like Boobs”. Even the British daily newspaper “Guardian” received a legal complaint from Evony LLC and the demanding to remove the controversial article “ Has Evony become the most despised game on the web?” So I want to ask the same question I’ve been pondering, has the Evony become the most despised game on the web? Oppps, don’t say anything defamatory or Evony will shoot errr sue!
You can read on the actual threatening letter sent to Bruce from Warren McKeon Dickson, a firm of Australian solicitors hired by Evony here: http://www.bruceongames.com/2009/08/25/evony-want-to-sue-me-for-telling-the-truth/