Seems the Regional DNS servers are starting to update. Blizzplanet has moved to the IncGamers hosting as a courtesy offered to me. As of today, Monday, I have joined the IncGamers staff. This is something that has been in the air since my trip to the Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals 2008 in Paris where I met the folks behind IncGamers.
I have been invited to work at the daughter sites of IncGamers Network: WorldofWar.net, Diii.net and StarcraftWire.net where I will be supportive staff member assisting where needed with relevant news, and content, among other duties.
What does this mean for Blizzplanet? Nothing has changed drastically. I am still owner of Blizzplanet. And will continue to update the same way I have the past five years. The only thing that changed drastically is that I am no longer unemployed. ^_^
IncGamers has been kind with offering a job opportunity based on experience, and love for gaming and the lore community. Leord and Maticus from WorldofWar.net and StarcraftWire.net visit Blizzplanet often as one of the news sources for Blizzard games. Both have wished for a long time that I joined their staff, and it was actually thanks to Leord that I was approached on June at WWI Paris. And I can bet Maticus is to blame and thank too. Thanks a bunch, buddies.
This symbiotic team work may benefit in other ways making a leap between an American and European community, bringing it together. While the IncGamers folks in United Kingdoms (UK) are resting, I can update news at the IncGamers websites for the European night-owl audience that stays awake past midnight. When it is midnight in UK, breaking news can still happen as the Blizzard Headquarter is located on the US West Coast. It would be around 4pm in Irvine, CA. (7pm my timezone)
I don’t mean to offend anyone with the term night-owl. Those who have been chatting with me late night know, I stay awake very late. Sometimes I am awake up till 6-7am EST (-5GMT)
So, what it comes down to is that after working five hours (Mon – Fri), I will have the remaining day for myself, and will be able to update Blizzplanet as normal. IncGamers has been kind to add me to their network, promoting Blizzplanet among their network sites. Thus far it seems Blizzplanet will be independent, helping each other mutually.
Only difference I see is the network strip at the top, and of course one or two ad banners that will help cost the hosting. Thus far that was the same deal I had previously. Blizzplanet spends quiet a lot of bandwidth sometimes. I have some freedom to place independent ads—which hopefully can help new staff members. Good potential there to be able to send the upcoming new staff members to some Blizzard events for future BlizzCon and WWI coverage. Let’s see how things hold. Ok?
Only thing I regret is leaving Diablofans community and StarcraftTwo. I will miss updating news and interacting with the Diablofans folks. There is great feedback from fans at my farewell thread. I appreciate your kind words.
For now, I am gearing up for BlizzCon. And looking forward to the interview with Richard A. Knaak and Christie Golden in California.