reports on the "EI Catastrophe"...

Following the mid-June buyout of Horizons: Empire of Istaria by EI Interactive from Tulga Games, players feared the worst. A transfer of virtual property never goes smoothly, and Horizons has never quite been the product that players, technical types, and even the developers hoped it would be. It turns out that players' worst fears are starting to come to fruition:

Predictably, players flooded the community sites with new threads and posts - many angry, many concerned, many inflammatory, all seeking communication from EI and resolution of the problem. Forum moderators tried to stem the flood but as they are player volunteers, were not successful without an official statement from EI Interactive. EI's reaction was to delete threads and eventually locked down the forums, requiring each entry to be approved by moderators before they were posted on the forums.

More sad Horizons news in this incisive Carolyn Koh article at

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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Jeff's interest in online games stretches back to organizing neighborhood Unreal tournaments as a teenager, but when a college roommate introduced him to EverQuest, an interest became an obsession. Jeff joined the Ten Ton Hammer team in 2004 covering EverQuest II, and he's had his hands on just about every PC online and multiplayer game since.