Kim Dotcom doesn’t do things small. The man behind the Megaupload empire is about to launch his next service dubbed simply Mega. But don’t expect a simple press event in a hotel conference room. Nope, on January 20, 2013, exactly one year after his over-the-top takedown, Dotcom is hosting the Mega launch event at his sprawling New Zealand estate — effectively giving the finger to the RIAA, MPAA, and the shady US Justice Department.
Dotcom has promised to return bigger than ever after a ridiculous show of force involving New Zealand’s special police and the U.S. Justice Department. He has teased parts of the upcoming Mega service several times. It’s unclear if Mega will reach the sheer numbers of its predecessor, Megaupload, but a massive, extravagant launch event is the best way to give the service a pop right out of the gate.
Kim Dotcom’s comfortable lifestyle was revealed in the early hours following the police’s raid. Pics quickly emerged showing Dotcom’s fleet of pricey cars (hello, AMGs) getting hauled from his estate. And yes, in the second pic, those are life size giraffe statues. CNET provided more details, listing the expensive items seized from his house including 16 Mercedes-Benz, a Rolls-Royce Drop Head Coupe, and plenty of top-notch electronic toys. Simply put, Kim Dotcom knows how to live.
And he knows how to grow a service, too.
Before its sudden shutdown, Megaupload was one of the top sites on the Internet, with some reports stating it consumed 4 percent of all Internet traffic. Megaupload was mega popular. Dotcom has promised the new service will build upon the previous version but he stated in a tweet it will be “powered by legality and protected by the law.”
Mega is set to launch next month on January 20th. Details are still light for the service and its launch event but Dotcom will likely drop more hints and teasers prior to the festivities.
[pic via Wired]