Gaming giant Blizzard Entertainment
has officially weighed in on the World of StarCraft
controversy, and the verdict is something of a happy ending for fans of the MMO-flavored mod and its mastermind Ryan Winzen. Gamasutra
reports that Winzen has been invited to meet the StarCraft II
development team, and his hard work won't be for naught despite the removal of his YouTube preview videos.
"It was never our intention to stop development on the mod or discourage the community from expressing their creativity through the StarCraft II editor. As always, we actively encourage development of custom maps and mods for
StarCraft II, as we've done with our strategy games in the past
said in a prepared statement.
The company went on to explain that issuing a take-down order for the offending videos is part of its standard procedure when dealing with fan mods and possible copyright infringement and that it is "looking forward to seeing development of the mod continue
," according to Gamasutra.