Is anyone else seeing Kosak's tweets about The Dark Below?
He's not even trying to deny it.
It sounds like, if anything, he's hinting at the trademark being legit.
The trademark exists in a foreign country, possibly Swaziland, where they obtain a 6-month priority should they seek to move that trademark into the US.
It's possible Boub got a leaked screenshot of the US Priority filing, was told to release it in mid september, and let it go early.
It's also possible TDB is a hoax sent from a fake email to Boub.
But there is no concrete proof to say TDB is fake at this time.
he's joking around, engaging the trolls.
Oi! Hey you! Will you check out my latest podcast episode that discusses the most evil thing you've ever done!
They deny it: It's real
They jokingly confirm it: It's real
Here's my current belief. Anything in here that makes a claim about someone is entirely my speculation, ok?
Step 1: A Blizzard lawyer is told he has to enter the trademark on a certain day, not before, because it wil show up.
Step 2: The lawyer types it all up in a form, entirely unaware that the unsubmitted form can be accessed.
Step 3: Someone sees that, forwards it to Boub.
Step 4: Boub checks with sources who don't deny it.
Step 5: Someone else points out that anyone can get something to that state, with Corgi's Unleased.
Step 6: Boub steps back because now it's only his sources not denying stuff, not an actual trademark that has been pushed through.
I realize this may be more of a stretch for those that want to assume the default case:
Step 1: Trollguy makes The Dark Below, sends it to boub
Step 2: Boub is fooled, puts up headline
Step 3: Trollguy shares troll with Corgi one
Yea yea, that one is simpler.
But I don't buy it. I remain entirely convinced that then next WoW expac is The Dark Below, and that the unfilled trademark form is a practice run or real attempt that is visible only through the technical incompetence of a lawyer. And lawyers are FAMOUS for their technical incompetence!
@Verain Your theory sounds more likely than the second one, imo. The mmoc guys have been doing this stuff for a long time. They don't make annoucnements without confirming stuff.
Why would they try to trademark their expansion just before releasing the expansion? Company like blizzard surely have their trademarks secured years before release. It is fake.