In Reply to: Re: Worldplay Tech Supervisor posted by LCMPanache (Platinum) on March 02, 2003 at 17:21:59:
There's a very good reason for that. Case and WorldPlay are two different entities. Case has no control over what a game site provider does with their software. If they did, there would still be ladders for Gin at Game Colony and WildCards, and we (and I am part of that we) who used to play at WON before it became Flipside would never have been chased off that site.
A little bit of history, some of it alluded to by DrunkonGin's post at the beginning of this thread: At one time, anyone on the internet could play on WorldPlay game sites. At that time, this ladder had many more people than it does now, because it was not restricted to AOL members. Then, about a year ago, AOL, which owns WorldPlay, decreed that you needed to have an AOL account to play on WorldPlay. It was kinda fun for the first several months after that, as some of the more savvy among you kept finding back doors to allow access to WP without having an AOL account. Unfortunately, AOL, which also has savvy people, closed all those back doors, one by one. Now, if you aren't logged into AOL, you can't get to WorldPlay.
In the past, Case has on occasion allowed players to transfer their ladder records to a new ladder when the old one has to "go away" because the host game site turns us away. That was certainly the case when Case's Ladder was evicted from playing on Flipside when they purchased WON. Of course, that does NOT mean it may happen again. As for accounts and revenue, Platinum and Diamond accounts can be moved from ladder to ladder. Gold members can also transfer their membership to another ladder; I believe that can be done once every 90 days. The loss of ladders from time to time is, I believe, part of doing business for Case's Ladder. I am sure that Senior Staff does not necessarily like it, but, as I noted at the beginning of my post, Case's Ladder is separate from the various game sites that ladders are set up for. Case has no influence on AOL/WorldPlay as to whether AOL works to keep WorldPlay as a viable entity or not. That is entirely up to all of us on the ladder that play at the site. I'm sorry that I don't have anything more encouraging to say about it.