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Dave Dyer
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1) Mattel recently lost an epic battle against Bratz, and is currently ordered to pay $300 million in damages. This is a case of a fatal boomerang, since originally Mattel sued Bratz.

2) Mattel just announced a huge drop in profits.

3) Blokus.com (edit: just the online game) seems to be down since mid March.

My thesis is that #3 is related to #1 and #2. Mattel is retrenching and blokus.com won't be back.

 
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Blokus.com = no money.

Blokus APP = money.
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ddyer wrote:
3) Blokus.com seems to be down since mid March.

Hm? I see blokus.com fine, and so does http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/blokus.com ...
 
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russ wrote:
ddyer wrote:
3) Blokus.com seems to be down since mid March.

Hm? I see blokus.com fine, and so does http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/blokus.com ...

The web site is there, but the online game no longer works.
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ddyer wrote:
The web site is there, but the online game no longer works.

Aha! Indeed. Bummer.
 
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Geosphere wrote:
Blokus.com = no money.

Blokus APP = money.

Hmm...I got it for free.
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Blott wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
Blokus.com = no money.

Blokus APP = money.

Hmm...I got it for free.


It is good you got it for free. Gameloft has provided zero support for it for a really long time. They couldn't even be bothered to update it to support iOS multitasking. It's left to wither on the vine.
 
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Blott wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
Blokus.com = no money.

Blokus APP = money.

Hmm...I got it for free.


Actually, so did I, but that's not the point...
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...anyway, the game site did come back after a weeks long unexplained absence.
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It still looks down to me (in that there's nothing but a message about how the game doesn't meet "playability standards").
 
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The original posts are from 2012... apparently there has been an update, and the award was reduced to $137M: http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/25/business/la-fi-bratz... -- although they left open the door of further lawsuits.
 
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