What Happens When Sony Forgets To Renew Some Domain Names

By Luke Plunkett on at

When you don't pay for your domain names, you lose your website. It doesn't matter if you're a mommy blogger or Sony Online Entertainment.

Because the company's payment notices were "sent to [the] wrong email" over a number of weeks, early on July 15 the websites - and even forums - of Sony Online Entertainment (and games like Everquest 2) went down for a few hours, users directed to parking pages full of ads. Meaning players couldn't really do much of anything.

The issue was eventually solved - after a chaotic early start to the day for all involved, since everything went down in the middle of the American night - and all sites are now back up and running.

And paid for.

SonyOnline.net Domain Expires, Shenanigans Ensue for all SOE Games, Forums, Websites [EQwire, via slashdot]