Quake Zero name changed due to domain squatter

By Patrick Garratt
1 August 2008 09:32 GMT


According to this Shacknews piece, id revealed at QuakeCon today that the firm was forced to change the name of upcoming free-to-play shooter Quake Live from the original Quake Zero because of a domain squatter.

Apparently the company announced the game without registering the domain. Sensible.

“This was an idea we had mere weeks before QuakeCon [2007],” said Carmack, emphasizing the speedy nature of the game’s confirmation.

An enterprising individual captialised on id’s lack of plan, but Carmack was having none of it.

“They offered us a considered buyout option for it,” he said. “We just decided heck, we’re only a few months into development of this, we’ll just change the name.”

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