EA Registers Battlefield 13 – 20 Domains. But Who Got 21?

By John Walker on May 8th, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

EA are a company that thinks ahead. The Battlefield series may only be working on its 4th pure edition right now, but the publisher has just registered domains for www.battlefield13.com to www.battlefield20.com, ensuring that they’re secure for at least the next few Christmasses.

But Rock, Paper, Shotgun is a company that thinks further ahead. RPS is a business that doesn’t rely on such medium-to-long-term thinking. And so it is that we will be the first place for all your www.battlefield21.com news.

As reported by Joystiq, spotted by Fusible, EA have squatted their cyberbottoms on the domains for 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20. They already owned 1 to 9, but have missed out on 10, 11 and 12. (Don’t visit 11, btw – Chrome warns me it’s a phishy site). Clearly realising that this was a problem that was only going to continue growing, the scooped up 13-20 last week.

EA previously paid $80,000 for battlefield.com. I imagine they probably spent about $100 in a bulk deal on the most recent eight. We paid £25 for www.battlefield21.com.

On the assumption that BF becomes an annual treat, split amongst two dev teams, come 2030 we are quids in. (What’s $80,000 in Futurespace Dollars?)

Slightly more helpfully, the pic at the top is a new screenshot released today – you can click on it to make it big, to reveal BF4 in all its pale grey glory.

There are no known numbers higher than 21.

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134 Comments »

  1. Nick says:

    £25 well spent!

    • Loque says:

      25?!?! A .com domain costs a LOT less,

      • Surlywombat says:

        Depends on the domain.

        • Fishstick says:

          The only domains that cost that much are country-specific ones that require a registrat to have evidence of living at that location. Most common domains, including some country ones (.eu, .com, .be, .org, .nl, etc) are cheap as hell at under $5

    • stoner says:

      25 quid? Ridiculous. I buy them from my registrar for $12 to $16 each.

      • Fishstick says:

        You’re overpaying! .coms are under $10 with as low as $5 depending on the registrar. Sidenote: don’t use godaddy.

    • Susan_Funk says:

      just as Theodore implied I am stunned that a person able to make $4612 in 1 month on the internet. did you look at this link… http://www.Jax3.cℴm

  2. CaspianRoach says:

    2013, 2014, 2015…
    It’s like with sports sims now.

  3. Premium User Badge darkChozo says:

    Clearly now is the ideal time to start a WWII-themed gambling site.

  4. Dowr says:

    22 isn’t a real number, no.

    • Premium User Badge Thermal Ions says:

      That’s exactly what my wife said one year after her 21st birthday.

  5. FurryLippedSquid says:

    Wasn’t there a furor over a domain a few years back? Someone owned a domain name relating to a famous game franchise and the publishers just took them to court and won it back?

    Dodgy ground RPS!

  6. brat-sampson says:

    Ahem. I think you’ll find 24 is the highest number… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkP_OGDCLY0

  7. Premium User Badge tumbleworld says:

    Epic!

  8. DeviroVerity says:

    I wonder how many of the mature Battlefield veterans will be still alive when Battlefield 20 comes. :/ Holy shit.

    • deke913 says:

      Depends on the exponential rate of production. One can predict that they would get better at making them over time so theoretically they could start pushing these hellspawn out quarterly. I may still have my current computer when 20 comes out.

      • Premium User Badge darkChozo says:

        Wait, are we talking about Battlefield games or veterans here?

        • DeviroVerity says:

          I’m talking about people who started playing Battlefield 1942, when they were over 25 years old.

      • TechnicalBen says:

        You fail to take note of the law of diminishing returns plus conflicting interest. We are not that naive. ;)

  9. Optimaximal says:

    Alternatively, RPS is crushed under the weight of EA’s legal department.

    • Fishstick says:

      Eh. Domain dispute procedures cost like $130 with ICANN and are usually resolved pretty fast. In this hypothetical case, if RPS comes up with some justified reason to own the domain that doesn’t confuse users into thinking it’s an actual battlefield site they’d win it.

  10. pupsikaso says:

    John, you have outdone yourself. Bravo, sir.

  11. povu says:

    Time to register COD Ghost 3.

  12. tehfish says:

    How many other people clicked on http://www.battlefield21.com ? :D

    I giggled when it just reloaded this page :P

  13. Larkington says:

    I’m unsure about UK laws, but here in the US it’s called cybersquatting. It’s illegal and usually costs the cybersquatter money.

    • KikiJiki says:

      Yes, it’s illegal.

      Currently John is revelling in it as a ‘childish prank’. It’s not. It’s a crime, an actual crime that people get prosecuted and/or fined heavily for.

      On the one hand you have the well-intentioned but poorly executed hunt for social justice, and then you have this.

      Really?

      • Jonfon says:

        Surely it’s only squatting if they refuse to release it to the claimant party and try and extort a monstrous fee for it ?

        • KikiJiki says:

          Nope, a cursory google search shows that registering it in ‘bad faith’ is also covered. Given the contents of this article it wouldn’t be hard to prove bad faith. “I was only joking m’lud” is not a valid defence.

          • Runty McTall says:

            Actually, if it genuinely were a joke and RPS had no intention to actually profit from it / harm EA and would hand it over upon asking (which, everyone take a deep breath here, they obviously would) then it wouldn’t be bad faith.

            They have no intention to hurt EA here (when they want to do that they just use the power of their words) so, you know, calm down man.

          • KikiJiki says:

            The thing is the domain redirects to RPS, so ad revenue means they are profiting from it :)

          • Vorphalack says:

            But they don’t calculate add revenue based on page hits, so they aren’t directly profiting from it.

          • Premium User Badge RobF says:

            @KikiJiki

            I dunno, man. I’m having a hard time believing you’re actually concerned for RPS here, y’know?

          • Cooper says:

            Not a crime.

            Something you can take civil action on. But not something you can be arrested for.

            Only in the US where civil litigation is so incredibly rife could people actually make the mistake between a crime and something you can get sued for…

      • Screwie says:

        I daresay RPS won’t keep paying for a domain for 16 years for the sake of a joke. EA can just pick it up once ownership has lapsed.

      • Jim Rossignol says:

        Yeah, John, you monster. Your hypocrisy has doomed us all!

        • KikiJiki says:

          It’s always funny until it happens to you.

          I’m sure RPS wouldn’t like it if someone was able to register a wide range of URLs similar to rockpapershotgun.com and then use them in An Hilarious Prank (TM).

          • Jonfon says:

            Indeed. To the Online Internames Emporium! There are high jinks afoot

          • Jim Rossignol says:

            Yeah, you right. I can’t imagine how we would be able to get past it! I don’t even know how. What a nightmare.

            I’m quitting this business until everyone can be serious about domain name registration.

          • Low Life says:

            ROCK PAPER SHITGUN DOT COM

            Oh man, the possibilities!

          • Jim Rossignol says:

            That’s the spirit.

          • Premium User Badge darkChozo says:

            I’d like to introduce my new DotA fansite, roshpapershotgun.com.

          • Brun says:

            Foque Paper Shotgun dot com. Your source for French Seal Paper Firearm news since 2013.

          • Shooop says:

            Oh for… Did you even read what the term means?

            It only applies if you’re trying to goad someone else into buying the domain you bought. If they made it a page filled with offensive material for the purpose of goading EA into buying the domain off them to save their image THEN it’d be cybersquatting.

          • SuicideKing says:

            @Low life, i actually typed that once. :D

          • MrLebanon says:

            When I get around to opening my middle eastern food chain the domain name will rest at RockPaperShawarma(dot)com

            And when I get into the gay porn industry there will be CockPerfectButtgun(dot)com

          • Skabooga says:

            Surely no one would object to my high-velocity clothing delivery service registered at sockpapershirtgun.com.

          • TechnicalBen says:

            Wait, are we suppose to take that seriously? RPS being able to register Battlefield21 is a failure of RPS, not of the registration organization? We are suppose to hand over words to others? By all means defend names, but I’m not sure Bettlefield21 is defined as a unique and dependent name. But a small request to ICAN, RPS or the civil courts could sort that out. It’d be no “crime” though, would it?

      • John Walker says:

        I’ve turned a corner. This is the beginning of my campaigning for an end to social justice, beginning with pretending to camp on a URL no one wants or needs!

        Where will I turn my malevolent destruction next?!

        • Jim Rossignol says:

          How can you make jokes when sometimes you don’t make jokes? It’s very poorly conceived and probably unpatriotic.

        • jkz says:

          Battlefield22.com?

          • Kieron Gillen says:

            I don’t understand what you’ve done. You’ve put a 2 by another 2. That means nothing.

          • Vorphalack says:

            It is the new binary.

          • The Random One says:

            Obviously a direct sequel to Battlefield 2.

          • DXN says:

            It’s called discrete linear trigonometric difactorizing convex combinatorical calculus.

            God, read a fucking book sometime.

          • Quinnbeast says:

            I look forward to the Battlefield .22LR edition. Good luck getting through that body armour boys!

          • cowardly says:

            Battlefield22(mod22).com is not an acceptable domain name. Parentheses don’t mix well with website addresses (nor does non-binary modular arithmetic, for that matter).

        • cliffski says:

          it looks like simcity21.com is free.

        • Brun says:

          Where will I turn my malevolent destruction next?!

          I suggest rolling a Cleric in Neverwinter. No Dungeon Delve is safe!

        • Lawful Evil says:

          John, you keep causing mayhem all over the place. Let’s see… Chaotic Good? But, sometimes you just… Chaotic Neutral? You’re not convincing enough for Chaotic Evil I’m afraid – sorry.

      • Screamer says:

        @KikiJiki Funny how an American company is trying to do just that to my company. When we approached them they wanted a 6 figure sum :/. We told them to fuck off :-P

      • SanguineAngel says:

        Well, I didn’t know that cybersquatting was a real thing or that is a crime. Now that I am told it is a crime my immediate thought is that this law is stupid. But then the thought of a rival to Facebook called Facebooke titillates me so what do I know.

        • strangeloup says:

          “Uploade a lithograph of thy visage to Facebooke via the Aether by pressure upon the button herebelow.”

          • Mattressi says:

            Please, you must make this. I would finally use social networking!

      • ix says:

        The term “crime” is a funny one. It’s a civil manner, not in the penal code.

      • Wednesday says:

        Wouldn’t the RPS boys, need to be, y’know, extradited to face any kind of shite in the US?

        • sleepisthebrotherofdeath says:

          It’s going to be all Julian Assange all over again. I’m wondering which countries embassy the RPS guys will take refuge in.

          • The Random One says:

            Their best bet is to secede from the UK, like the City of London.

      • PearlChoco says:

        On a more serious note:

        what if they made it into a blackjack gambling site? Would that still be cybersquatting?

    • Premium User Badge Thurgret says:

      I looked it up, and the UK doesn’t appear to have much by way of any proper law relating to this. It’s not like RPS is actually trying to charge extortionate sums of money, either.

      It’s amusing, anyhow.

    • Premium User Badge darkChozo says:

      I’d imagine that if EA really wants the BF21 domain right now, they could buy it from RPS at a reasonable price (ie. probably 25 quid). Or maybe for cheaper/for free, depending on how the RPS folks are feeling. I doubt EA would want to front the legal fees involved, nor do I think it would be particularly easy to accuse RPS of profiteering if there’s no profit involved.

      • Lacero says:

        As you have to pay to keep the domain alive each year (you’re really renting it not buying it) I think they’ll just wait and see if RPS forget to renew.

    • Low Life says:

      From http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/property00/domain/legislation.html

      I think the important bit is right there in the first paragraph, “intent to profit from the goodwill of another’s trademark”. As long as John gives the domain to EA when they ask for it (and doesn’t ask them $80,000 for it), there’s no problem whatsoever.

      (Of course this is when going by US legislation)

      • jkz says:

        Has Battlefield 21 been trademarked? Or do they just own the word battlefield now?

        • Premium User Badge darkChozo says:

          Considering they explicitly said they did it because of Battlefield, it doesn’t really matter.

          For what it’s worth, if they registered Battlefield21.com in order to launch their new website documenting historical battles in 1921 or something like that, they’d probably be more or less in the clear.

        • Lanfranc says:

          “Battlefield 21″ is most likely close enough to “Battlefield” to be covered by the same trademark.

        • cowardly says:

          History books are going to suffer for their blatant misuse of EA’s intellectual property!

      • Beanbee says:

        UK law is similar, it is trademark infringement. By holding the domain they’re putting themselves into a bad civil law position. RPS shouldn’t really be doing this, it’s a move that is just a prank with potentially some ramifications. Unwise.

    • mickygor says:

      The US will probably just steal the domain when the time comes, on piracy grounds or whatever. Happened to my friend. All .com and .net domains are in peril

    • P.Funk says:

      Squatters can’t get no justice digitally it seems either.

    • Shooop says:

      That term only applies if you’re trying to goad someone else into buying the domain you bought.

    • Cooper says:

      Not a crime.

      Something you can take civil action on. But not something you can be arrested for.

      Only in the Us where civil litigation is so incredibly rife could people actually make the mistake between a crime and something you can get sued for…

  14. Talos says:

    Forget bitcoins! Battlefield sequel domains is the currency of the future!

  15. phelix says:

    Ha! Keep battlefield21.com and sell it to EA in 40 years!

  16. haowan says:

    obviously battlefield 10′s URL will be battlefieldx.com

  17. Screamer says:

    Don’t really think it will reach that high, a REBOOT will have happened long before then. Battlefield: Origin?

    Very funny though! :D

  18. engion3 says:

    battlefield21.com is my new homepage.

  19. lord0o says:

    TROLL!!! Well played RPS

  20. AndreTheTinny_withagiantdick says:

    BLACKJACK!!! (i know i know, very funny and original i know, shut da f up)

  21. RakeShark says:

    Suppose if it gets to BF21, you can tell EA to donate 21 cases of of brew to deployed military servicemen to get the domain. OR donate 21% of the profits to veterans’ support services. Or send 21 servicemen to E3/PAX/GDC all expenses paid. Or hire 21 unemployed veterans.

    Or, y’know, something nice like that.

  22. Surlywombat says:

    I look forward to reading the latest news about the battle of Augustodunum. When in 21 AD, Julius Sacrovir seized Augustodunum, but the rebellion was soon put down by the Roman Gaius Silius.

  23. Shooop says:

    This may be the very best thing you guys have ever done.

    And anyone who wants to accuse them of cybersquatting needs to read the entire definition of the term.

  24. SuicideKing says:

    WHAT ABOUT 42?

  25. mwoody says:

    If they complain, just tell the courts that you’re looking to build a crossover between and a military surplus store. “Battlefield 21. Where youth and bullets collide.”

  26. Pelt Hunter says:

    I can’t being to explain how hard I laughed out loud at work after reading the beginning excerpt and clicking the battlfield21.com link..

    Fawkin’ brilliant RPS. Once again you remind me why I’m a daily (read: hourly) visitor.

  27. DanMan says:

    That’s a bad investment since having 21 Battlefields is clearly a silly idea. No one will ever need more than 20 Battlefields.

  28. Daniel Klein says:

    This will get very confusing in the year 3951 when they release Battlefield 1942.

  29. strangeloup says:

    I spent a minute after this article trying to figure out whether the number of Call of Duty games is greater than the number that would be appended if they were annual releases.

    Then I realised I don’t care.

  30. DizzyrupTor says:

    @ Jim – If by chance EA get’s in touch. Will your demands include jam, and if not, why not?

  31. fish99 says:

    I’m speaking to you from the future : do not buy Battlefield 17. The rest are OK though.

    • Premium User Badge Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      Ever since Battlefield 15 the player has been remote-controlling drone soldiers in a real-world battlefield somewhere in the Middle East. Now war is endless, punctuated only by teabagging and homophobic slurs.

  32. MacTheGeek says:

    I’m hoping for a new genre of gaming: the “card-based shooter”.

    Maybe it’s a blackjack table with standard rules, except for one: in case of a tie, you and the dealer fight to the death. Kill enough dealers (or win enough cash from the house) and you move on the pit boss fight.

    Or maybe it’s a first-person shmup in a Wonderland-type environment, where your enemies are playing cards. If the face value of your enemies goes over 21, your cover is busted and you get mobbed. Shoot an ace and a face back-to-back for a 50% ammo boost!

  33. notha says:

    no number higher than 21…is that a mr show reference?

  34. Arithon says:

    What I find funny, is they expect future BattleField’s to get past 5, let alone 20!
    A third of our gaming community didn’t even play BF3. Half that did, quit it after 12 months (premium launch killed them off) and now barely a handful play once a week.
    Out of those, only three have said they would be willing to ever buy another BF title.

    EA have killed the franchise stone dead already.

  35. essentialatom says:

    I think RPS should buy number 21 of all videogame domains, including and especially Half-Life21.com.