If you haven’t seen the Google adverts for CivonyEvony, a browser based Civilisation style game, then you probably haven’t turned on your computer for quite a while. In which case you’re not actually reading this post, it may be a figment of your imagination… Anyway, the point is the ads are everywhere. I see them when I’m browsing game, tech or even business blogs.
Now it was stirring in the back of my mind as to how the company behind the game could afford to put so many adverts out there. It wouldn’t be cheap would it. Well, the answer is, according to Musashi’s Cheesy Home Page (via Scott Jennings) is that the company behind the game is umge.com. A World of Warcraft gold seller based in Guangzhou, China and also associated with WoWMine.
Which also makes sense of Tipa’s post yesterday that her blog, West Karana, was getting spammed by Evony.
When I first read her post I wondered how a game developer could be so stupid as to resort to blog spam. (Blog spam for those who don’t know is when a spammer leaves comments that usually have nothing to do with the post and have a link back to some product, usually porn, viagra, or credit.) But it isn’t a game developer who is spamming. It’s an evil gold seller who just happens to have a game, doing the spamming. That makes so much more sense.
Good thing I found out about this. I like Civ style games and was pondering having a go when I needed a break from EQ2. It looks like Evony is a bit of a con anyway, you pay 24 cents for each message sent in worldwide chat. I suggest reading Musashi’s post for the details.
So like Tipa, I’m having nothing to do with Evony or Civony (or whatever they call it next.)
I suggest you do the same.
Update: At the time of posting I hadn’t actually received any of the blog spam sent by Evony. Well, that’s changed. WordPress just told me I received some spam, and guess what, it turns out to be the same comments Tipa has received. “Hey have you played Evony yet?”
Ironically, those comments are being added to this post. Wow. How dumb can a spammer get?