Microsoft last week announced Halo 4, not that it owed the domain or anything. They cleared up that little detail after the fact, acquiring the name today, reports Fusible. The domain's original owner isn't saying anything about what convinced him to let go of it.


Yes, I'm assuming it was money, as opposed to a threat from a lawyer over a Microsoft trademark. That's because I don't know the law about such things, except that the law is kind of expensive and time consuming, so throwing a little dough at the owner is probably quicker and cheaper and doesn't buy them a one-way ticket to Bad PR Island.

Fusible caught up with the previous owner, a Scott O'Reilly of Rochester, Minn. O'Reilly said the only term of the agreement he can disclose is that he can't disclose any terms of the agreement. I hope O'Reilly said that in the form of a toast to Joseph Heller.


Fusible notes that Microsoft does not own or, but does own and It's unknown how long O'Reilly owned, but my guess is a smart person would have registered it the day Halo 3 was announced. Good long-term investment.

Microsoft Corporation Acquires the Domain Name, Price Unknown [Fusible]