Yow... this has to be the coldest thing I've seen from a major game site. This is one of the biggest FUCK YOU's I've had the displeasure of reading about...
GameSpy: What is the main factor behind ending the affiliate program? Was there not enough traffic on these sites or was the program not generating enough revenue?
Gamecenter: The Gamecenter Alliance had achieved both its primary and secondary goals, which were to increase traffic to Gamecenter, and to promote independent Web sites that offered high-quality gaming editorial. We will now be able to re-dedicate resources from the Alliance directly back into Gamecenter, thus making Gamecenter more profitable in the future.
They got what they wanted from Qt3, Stomped and Counter-Strike.net so now they're making them go away so there's less competition and less hassle. Business is business, but to just shove their middle finger in your face on the way out the door is pretty fucking cold.
By Al on Thursday, January 4, 2001 - 11:33 am:
Thus GameCenter gets deleted from my bookmarks....
By Mark Asher on Thursday, January 4, 2001 - 12:23 pm:
Yeah, he could have answered that a bit differently and cited advertising problems, which are the real reason. I guess CNET, which is publicly held and depends in a large part on advertising, doesn't want to talk about those problems.
For some reason the author tossed my name into the article and asked the CNET guy what I would be doing for CNET. It was kind of jarring reading it and seeing my future discussed that way.