Gamers spent months scouring domain registrations in the hope of uncovering the name of the new Microsoft console. Turns out, they were looking in completely the wrong place – XboxOne.com was registered nearly two years ago, and it’s currently owned by someone who isn’t Microsoft. Understandably, the console manufacturer would like to buy it, please… but the current owner is kicking up a fuss.
Microsoft has – somewhat predictably – filed a complaint with the U.S. National Arbitration Forum over a pair of domains (XboxOne.com and XboxOne.net). The registrant – believed to be a U.K. resident – picked up both domains back in December 2011, well before any official announcements from the console manufacturer.
It seems Microsoft didn’t want to make a big deal over the domain before the big announcement (it would have somewhat spoiled the surprise, no?), but now that the cat’s outta the bag, the publisher has come out swinging.
The saga is being monitored by Fusible, which prides itself at picking out news and rumours from domain registrations and related paperwork.
Unsurprisingly for a company of this magnitude, Microsoft tends to do fairly well in these sort of disputes, but there’s still a case to be heard.