Did EA just buy the Kingdoms of Amulur IP?
We may have just received our first indication that EA has bought the Kingdoms of Amalur IP through a Youtube claim.
It is a fairly safe bet that uploading a video game trailer from a big publisher to Youtube will result in an e-mail from Youtube that tells you that it may have content licensed by the owner of the corresponding IP. With the notification, publishers 'stake their claim' to their Intellectual Property while still allowing you to use/publish the trailer, even if under a restricted license. The big publishers are particularly fastidious about these claims, and we are so about keeping those claims tucked away safely into one of our mailboxes.
Hooked Gamers has two Kingdoms of Amalur trailers in our Youtube account. Neither have ever been claimed. Not by EA (who did not actually own the IP when the game was released) and not by 38 Studios (who likely never 'professionalized' enough to get this practice going).
Today we received an e-mail from Youtube claiming:
Your video "Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning: The Legend of Dead Kel Trailer", may have content that is owned or licensed by EA, but it’s still available on YouTube! In some cases, ads may appear next to it.
We'll have to wait for official confirmation, but I think things are looking up for a sequel.