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UPDATED: The South African PS3 Web Domain Is Being Held Hostage – And You Wouldn't Believe How

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UPDATED: We have been contacted by the owner of the ps3.co.za domain who insists that we have gotten the story all wrong. We have posted up additional info at the bottom of the article.

One of our local gamers (@Psyndrome) stumbled onto something and posted it up on Twitter last night that we found pretty damn hilarious, sneaky and interesting… all at the same time!

When you, for instance, type in the URL www.ps3.co.za , where do you think you would end up? The official South African Playstation website, maybe even the local Playstation 3 community blog or even a dedicated local PS3 Blog.

If you haven’t already done so, click that link above and see for yourself, when you are done, keep reading.

We did some investigating to see what was going on.

Ok, so if for some reason you haven’t clicked the link above then *spoiler alert* yes… it takes you to none other than the South Africa Xbox 360 website.

We did some background checks on the domain and the information (it’s here and is available to the public if you want to see for yourself) that we gathered was that the site was registered by a [name removed so Google doesn’t have a field day with it, but it is all still in the public information] back in 2002 already.

We used the web archive website service to take a basic look at what the website looked like back in 2007 and happened to see that even though the contents were of Xbox.com, the website’s title was in fact PS3.CO.ZA FOR SALE.

So what happened here? It seems pretty simple.

We reckon (so take it with a pinch, or bucket, of salt) that basically, the owner used some lightning fingers to register the PS3.co.za domain back when Limp Bizkit was still considered cool in the hopes that Sony / Ster Kinekor would fork over a trazillion monies to get it for themselves.

Unfortunately for him, it seems like they didn’t really care. Now we don’t know if this only happened after the lack of the aforementioned trazillion monies, but at some point he decided to point it at Xbox.com instead. This either happened to make the initial offer feel more necessary, or it was changed after they didn’t bite, in order to gain their attention.

Well, its 2010 and after 8 years I think that its pretty safe to say that it didn’t go according to plan. Well, that’s what we think anyways.

This isn’t the first time that something like this has happened as I also remember when the Playstation launched, SEGA registered the PSX.com (PSX was the early codename for the Playstation which went on to eventually become the name of their PS compatible DVR) domain and pointed it towards their official Sega Saturn website instead.

What do you guys think of the whole situation? Is this guy using underhanded tactics to try and make a buck and at the same time, should SK have gone ahead and picked the domain name up from him anyways?

Thanks again to @Psyndrome who tweeted it and to @FoxOneZA for retweeting it so that I actually saw it.

For those of you looking for the real official Playstation site, you can visit it here: http://za.playstation.com/ps3/

On a final note… how is this even legal?


So as I mentioned above, we were contacted by the owner of the domain in question. He has told us in an email that he originally owned a gaming store back in the day that focused on the Playstation and then eventually the original Xbox as well.

The domain was apparently registered to help get some traffic pointed towards the store’s website. Since then the store closed down, and we have been told that despite the fact that the 2007 web archive showing the site pointed at Xbox.com, it is constantly pointing to different locations (Playstation site, Kalahari and so on) whenever he remembers that it even exists, and then points it elsewhere.

The owner also let us know that the domain is for sale only for the amount that it has cost him to own it over the years, which sits at R600.00 and that if no-one ever buys or if it sells at only that price, it’s fine.

I did make a point of stating that we believe that having a domain like PS3.co.za point directly towards the Playstation’s main competition was questionable, but the owner insists that “there is no juicy story there”.

If I owned that domain, I sure as heck would want it to sell for a jillion bucks to whoever needed it most, but apparently that’s not the case here.

In anycase, at the owner’s request I have laid out both sides of the story, so you guys can make your minds up about what really happened. I also removed any reference to the owners name at his request as Google is putting this post above all when it is searched for, so we found that to be a fair request.

Last Updated: November 19, 2010


  1. it is all about the benjamins :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil:


  2. C Le Grange

    November 19, 2010 at 08:42

    I’m just impressed by the effort you did to get all this info.brava, good sir.brava.


  3. eXp

    November 19, 2010 at 08:51

    Classic. Well done to him. Domain names are public property until you purchase them, so solid for him 🙂 :za:


  4. RSA-Ace

    November 19, 2010 at 09:16

    I’d say it’s a douche move.

    Here’s some info about domain squatting for those that are interested http://www.bowman.co.za/ZADRR/Frequently-Asked-Questions.asp


  5. Jonni

    November 19, 2010 at 09:20

    I know him… he was the only guy bringing the original xbox into the country and he had an awesome online shop. lol, I’ll share this with him now.

    [Note from Editor: @ Jonni, the owner requested that his name be removed from this comment. We usually never, ever edit comments, however you claim that you know him so I told I would do it this time. If you have any issues with this, let me know.]


  6. Kale

    November 19, 2010 at 09:30

    Very sneaky. Problem is the brand is Sony PlayStation, the number is a moot point. Why would Sony want to build a site for PS3 and have to re-do it all over again when/if PS4 comes out? :pinch:


  7. onelargeprawn

    November 19, 2010 at 09:32

    Maybe he is getting a little something-something from Microsoft for the redirect.


  8. Fox1

    November 19, 2010 at 09:46

    Hillariousnezz :za:


  9. C Le Grange

    November 19, 2010 at 09:53

    …bit off topic but, that internet archive site is so cool, check this gem out…


  10. Aussious

    November 19, 2010 at 09:55

    Dr Evil level planning an A for effort,if he keeps it up he will hit the big time one day.


  11. Nick de Bruyne

    November 19, 2010 at 12:39

    Haha we have gone back and looked at those a few times before, crazy to see the difference that 3 years made.


  12. Geoffrey Tim

    November 19, 2010 at 12:40

    3 years and Mr deBruyne’s leet design skills, yo.


  13. Jeebers

    November 19, 2010 at 12:58

    An Xbot’s attempt at trying to get money from the PS3 franchise. PHAIL!

    When he realised he had lost his plan, he should have offered it over.

    The mere fact that it now points to X360, shows his calibre, but it is quite typical of most X360 owners. Thats why I am glad to be part of PS3 now where most of the community are moral driven. Hardly find any idiots like Fox1 in that community.


  14. Nick de Bruyne

    November 19, 2010 at 13:29

    Don’t smoke drugs children. If something connects to the internet, it is incapable of being “moral driven”.

    So you are saying that the other communities are what… driven by evil?


  15. Aussious

    November 19, 2010 at 13:41

    You such an yourself how can he have been a an “Xbot”, if at the time when he secured the patent neither the PS3 or 360 were in existence not to mention that the first XBox had barely launched in the Americas and had not even established a fanbase.Poeple like you with your miss directed loyalty and uniformed opnion that truly make PS3 gamers look like Dicks!


  16. Jeebers

    November 19, 2010 at 14:04

    Hey Nick, just because you work for a blog with less culture than a fucking yoghurt, don’t think that the other people out there are all immoral.

    I’m telling you now, for the past 4 years I have been with the Xbox crowd and I’m with the PS3 crowd now, and it is chalk and cheese. Maybe my perception will change as I’ve only been part of it for about 6 months now, but until then, I stand by my perceptions.

    @Aussious: He registered a website, not a fucking patent. PS3 gamers may look like “Dicks”, but at least we don’t look like “Idiots”. Which sir, you are.


  17. Dark

    November 19, 2010 at 14:10

    I say Lazy buy it and sell it for Bizillions 🙂


  18. NiteFenix

    November 19, 2010 at 14:20

    *Jumps in his Time Macheen and travels back 4 years, registers lazygamer.co.za, lazygamer.net, lazygamer.com, etc. and waits for Nick/Geoff/Gavin to pitch up.*



  19. Nick de Bruyne

    November 19, 2010 at 14:30

    @Jeebers – my point is that its ridiculous to generalise to the extent that different consoles have different communities. Its just about finding people that you get along with and dig playing games with. Find the right folks and the experience is 10x better.

    Saying that one community is one way and another is another is just kinda silly


  20. J

    November 19, 2010 at 15:11

    DOnt feed the troll kind sir.


  21. Sammy

    November 19, 2010 at 15:24

    Is that the same guy who used to have a store in Cape Town? Subterranea? Fucking scam artist that one. When the PS2 was released in Japan, he imported a few and tried to sell them for R10 000.


  22. Nick de Bruyne

    November 19, 2010 at 15:40

    From what he said, the store was in Durban, not Cape Town


  23. RSA-Ace

    November 19, 2010 at 16:37

    It is Durban. Check the registered address. It’s in Durban North.


  24. Gavin

    November 21, 2010 at 05:03

    Hey what are you trying to say about my original skills… that site was awesome


  25. Jonni

    November 23, 2010 at 10:32

    its a fair request. I let him know about it on facebook. He’s a really lekker oke and his store back in the day was really well run. Definitely no scams going on there!


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