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On May 8th, 2011 in Editorial

Bf3nation
A few days ago, EA sent a DMCA takedown notice to the host provider of Battlefield 3 fan site BF3nation.com. The DMCA was targeting BF3nation because they used Battlefield 3 artwork, which was quite interesting, seeing that many BF3 sites use BF3 artwork — including us here at BF3blog (e.g. the background image). EA originally released the artwork for this specific reason: for fan sites, clans etc., so it made little sense that they would try to shut down a site for using artwork EA openly supplied.

However, the real motive behind the shutdown attempt turned out to have little to do with artwork or images. EA tried to shut down BF3nation because the site was not only selling fake Battlefield 3 beta keys, but was also selling fake Battlefield 3 hacks — which is puzzling, seeing how BF3 hasn’t even been released.

In fact, it turns out that BF3nation’s “beta keys” are nothing more than a scam, run by the same person who was behind the infamous “battlefield3-beta.com”, a site which EA warned against. BF3nation also ran a fake “free voucher towards BF3″ in order to harvest user emails.

BF3nation hit back at EA, claiming it was a “slap in the face” for community sites. In fact, what BF3nation is doing is the actual slap in the face for community sites: running fake beta signups and promotional offers that do no exist. Not to mention trying to sell hacks for a game that hasn’t even been released. BF3nation is taking advantage of eager BF3 fans by offering fake promises of a BF3 beta in order to profit themselves.

While it’s necessary to BF3 fan sites to stick together, what BF3nation is doing hurts the entire BF3 fan site community and we at BF3blog distance ourselves from them and their actions.

Unfortunately, EA’s attempt to shut down BF3nation proved unsuccessful — the site is still selling fake promises of BF3 beta keys.



38 COMMENTS & TRACKBACKS

  1. Doom721
    May 8th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I knew that site was a farce when the articles look like they were wrote up by an immature kid. Then I saw the voucher offer thinking, well that can’t be real…

    Glad I found this site for news over BF3Nation when I was trying to find a good BF3 fan site.

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  2. Freeman
    May 8th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    EA needs to crack down on sites like BF3nation, they’re scamming people and dishonoring the entire community.

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  3. Daniel
    May 8th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Cant ea just shut down the site.. because they are using the bf3 license and scaming people out of money.. Can ea sue the owner of the website for knowingly selling false beta keys and hacks?

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    • SaM
      May 8th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      I’m sure they can sue but I don’t think it’s worth their money. Unless of course, BF3nations turns out to be making a lot of money running their scheme.

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      • Daniel
        May 9th, 2011 at 3:09 am

        Well i mean i think ea should sue, no person should be able to get away with scamming innocent people, and people may gain negative feelings towards ea thinking it could be theyre fault, idk i just hate when people take advantage of others.

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  4. Mr Pink
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:06 am

    That site has some OK articles, but I’ve always preferred this one because that site’s like a week behind everyone else in news. Not surprising though.

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  5. DualFace
    May 9th, 2011 at 6:33 am

    How is that EA, and pretty much the rest of the community, anyone tied to anything BF3 related through Twitter, still couldn’t get the site shutdown even though everyone’s aware of the fraud they’re selling?

    Something about the website/1st Ammendment rules? Fuck that shit, Can we get #Anonymous on this shit? LOL

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    • SaM
      May 9th, 2011 at 6:40 am

      I’m sure EA is figuring out what to do as we speak. It hurts their image to have sites like bf3nation scamming people.

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  6. fapoo
    May 9th, 2011 at 7:24 am

    More updates about the actual game please

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    • Xewie
      May 9th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      There isn’t much going on atm… not until E3.

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      • fapoo
        May 9th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

        I’ve still not pre-ordered my bf3. I’m waiting to see some multiplayer footage. Is that scheduled for E3?

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  7. Metallic
    May 9th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    what a bunch of ***holes !

    thanks for the heads up. this is my favorite BF3 blog :)

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  8. wirrew
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for the information!

    Yeah, BF3Blog rules! Best BF3 site! :)

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  9. Sterling Archer
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    “Hi,

    BF Nation has been shut down as a result of abuse allegations.

    We should be back with a community forum again soon.

    - Rexxars ”

    Suck shit

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  10. James Morgan
    May 9th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I’d like to keep this friendly, if your going to steal our articles can you at least be kind enough to link the source of your claims.

    http://www.battlefield3online.com/battlefield-3-news-announcements/423-ea-battlefield-3-infringement-notice-has-ulterior-motive.html

    It would be much appreciated to keep our rivalry friendly, we already have mutual enemies :)

    Regards
    Battlefield 3 Online Team

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    • BF3Blog
      May 9th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      We didn’t steal your article, the original source was BF3nation’s own reply to EA’s shutdown attempt. A little digging on EA’s BF3 forums revealed the rest of the details.

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      • James Morgan
        May 9th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

        Thanks for the approval. The threads on the official EA forums were links to the Battlefield 3 Online article:

        http://forums.electronicarts.co.uk/battlefield-3/1400562-ea-battlefield-3-infringement-notice-has-ulterior-motive.html

        http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/5691835.page

        p.s. I dug some dirt on the owner and he runs a whole host of dodgy websites. Hopefully will be shutdown sooner or later.

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      • James Morgan
        May 10th, 2011 at 10:04 am

        I’d still appreciate if you referenced us I’m not happy that you took our content (you haven’t shown where you got your information). I’ve referenced the EA forum threads you were referring to and both were started by myself. Please be good sports and add the source of your story.

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      • BF3Blog
        May 11th, 2011 at 6:57 am

        We’d gladly reference your site if it was the original source or inspiration behind our article — it wasn’t. BF3nation’s post was the original one, and we didn’t link to them because of the nature of the article and what BF3nation stands accused of.

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  11. BF3Nation
    May 9th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I really doubt this will get approved, as the owner of this site is spewing a lot of miss-information about us.. But I will try anyway.

    Hey guys, this is Worldismine from BF3Nation.com

    I have updated our pages to “Advertorial” (the ones who sport the Gamestop promotion) and I’ve included a disclaimer for everyone to see that:

    1. We are not affiliated with EA.
    2. We are not affiliated with DICE studios.
    3. The offers ran on my site are NOT mine, they’re owned by AdscendMedia, INC.
    4. The offer is valid, if you follow the instructions to the T you will get a gift card.
    5. There is no beta, only a banner that says BETA keys, when the user transfers to a 3rd party site (adscendmedia) They are PROMPTED IN FULL WHAT THE OFFER IS ABOUT, AND EVERYONE OF THEM “CHECKS” THE “I HAVE READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS”. Why post a beta banner then? It’s my site, and I can do whatever I want with it.

    My site gets over 90,000 unique visits a month, with close to 1 mil page views. We are constantly running promotions and awarding the members of our community with Cash prizes, games, and currently we have 10 clans competing for a FREE 1 YEAR.COM domain, free hosting for a year, and FREE 6 MONTHS DEDICATED SERVER ALL PAID FOR, sponsored by us. So don’t say we don’t give back to the community. You try running a site with lots of traffic and you will see that the bills will pile up. Websites are just like a business, they need revenue to sustain them self. Why so much hate? No one is forcing anyone to do anything. I don’t own anyones data, I don’t sell your information. All data is held by AdscendMedia.com CPA advertisers, and take look around the internet, there are thousands of publishers pushing the same offer. But since we are quite known people decided pick us as targets.

    Just a FYI…. Other BF3 sties are doing the exact same thing as I am.

    I.E. EnterBF3, look here http://enterbf3.com/survey.php

    Enter your email and click enter? Uh oh? What do you get? an Adscendmedia POPUP with the EXACT Battlefield 3 offer. You want to know WHY enterBF3 has that offer? They used to run with CPALead.com, but I am actually the one who contacted Adscendmedia co-founder, Mr. Fehzan and together we came up with the battlefield 3 offer. Yes, he called gamestop and had a contract within 30 min. Since I am a nice guy, I told Fehzan to hit up other BF3 fan sites such as negeds enterBF3 in order to promote the network. Sites such as EnterBF3 are making money off their fans thanks to ME. But yet, EnterBF3 decided to also attack us, but they are also running the EXACT SAME THING. In my opinion what they are doing is much more invasive … As they are incentivising users to FILL AS MANY OFFERS AS THEY CAN SO MR. NEGED CAN BECOME RICHER AND RICHER.

    So spare me your judgements. No one is scamming anyone, the users who are willing to do the offers do so without any malfeasance. Everything is presented to them in CLEAR text, and every one of them acknowledges what they’re doing. Most of them get ANGRY because after JUST entering an email they don’t get a game. In reality, what did they expect? You have to do a lot more to get something free.

    So tell me this, why isn’t anyone attacking enterbf3? Just as them, we support our own community with prizes.

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    • BF3Blog
      May 9th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      You’re hiding behind your advertiser and shifting blame on them.

      Your front page says “Get a beta key” — there is no way of getting a beta key, nothing has been announced by EA. Even if you aren’t giving away keys and some advertiser is, you know that there is no beta key giveaway, that it’s false, and yet you still keep the advertiser.

      BF3blog was approached by the same people who want to sell bogus BF3 beta keys and copies and what not, and we declined, because it was a scam.

      If you want to be respected in the community, you need to cut ties with scams like these. You seem like a competent person who could contribute to the BF3 community.

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      • bryan
        May 9th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

        bf3blog ftw. bf3nation r a bunch of assholes

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      • James Morgan
        May 10th, 2011 at 9:55 am

        We were approached by Adscendmedia too, we also declined. BF3nation has no respect for their userbase.

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    • Mxx
      May 9th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      You are a scammer and a liar and you should burn in hell.

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    • Enterbf3
      May 10th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY!!! It’s a reunion of the major BF3 sites :D ! Figured I’d drop by and say hello.

      @BF3NATION Just stop, your actions may ruin EA’s so-far positive opinion of all community sites, including ours.

      @BF3BLOG gj on this site!

      @MORGAN Not sure why you’re trying to look goody good, you spammed my site with your offers for some video card. When Enterbf3 runs a contest, we at least have the capital to back our contests up.

      live. laugh. love xD

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      • James Morgan
        May 20th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

        We gave away Geforce GTX 480 graphics card worth £400. Last time I checked you still hadn’t given away anything other than a few copies of Battlefield 3! What a scam you guys are! Making people fill out surveys just to enter your scam of a competition. The fact that your leading scorers have tricked the system means that you have no way to verify actual entries, therefore no way to purchase your prizes. Good luck in the future! enterbf3.com and bf3nation.com are just a bunch of scammers!

        The future of BF3 community websites are: battlefieldo.com, bf3blog.com and battlefield3online.com so good luck trying to compete.

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  12. SaM
    May 10th, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I’ve taken a look at what the guy from BF3nation is saying, and it seems like he’s got a point when it comes to enterBF3 and the “promotions” they’re running. There certainly seems something quite shady about the surveys on enterBF3.

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    • James Morgan
      May 10th, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Yes EnterBF3 is just as bad. BF3nation did an article on them in 2009 and called them out too, kinda ironic.

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  15. joongoon
    June 12th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    oh man that was intense, look at u guys go, i give best speaker to James Morgan and i must say that BFblog guy u slamed BFNation nice job. best of luck to all u other loosers, oh BFNation go die in a hole.

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  16. ES
    June 20th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    well ,thank you , i always know that sites are scam by even the look of the design and words besides no one has game files expect EA

    it would be good thing from battlefield3 channel on youtube would make movie about that and warning people and announce the trusted and authorized retailers that they can pre-order from them

    i know its announced in battlefield3 site but innocent people just full into scams by words like low price or beta or free ….etc and the only way to prevent that by battlefield3 official channel on youtube make movie, it would be nice thing from battlefield team , thanks keep up the good work

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  17. plumokin
    July 14th, 2011 at 3:57 am

    damn that was intense!

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  18. TreeHumpingFrog
    July 14th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    BF3Blog is my favorite because it always has everything about BF3 news and zero scams

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  19. dark
    August 21st, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    if ppl are dumb enough to buy theyr fake beta keys than they deserve to be fooled

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  20. MiRaZz
    September 13th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    BF3Blog is the best for me….
    Fresh news, simple layout, easy grammar (not complicated stuff), and it’s easily accesible since my clan’s website subscribed to the RSS Feeds of BF3Blog.
    I <3 BF3Blog

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  21. Ross
    September 27th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Hi im using ipod and i was thumbing things up before and i missed and pressed thumbs down i was wondering if you could increase thier size so it doesnt happen again
    Thanks

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  22. Ross
    September 27th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    And with this moderation thing what are the rules.What am i aloud to post

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