EA Acquires Shawn Fanning's Rupture, Says The LA Times A Month After We Did

The LA Times and others are reporting that EA has acquired Shawn Fanning’s social-network-gaming startup Rupture for around $30 million. We reported this deal a month ago. The first sentence of

Shawn Fanning Finally Gets A Real Payday: Electronic Arts Buys Rupture For $30 Million

[Update 8/4/08: The acquisition price subsequently reported by EA is $15 million, not $30 million. But that amount does not include any additional earnout for the founders]. Shawn Fanning, best known

Who Bought Rupture?

We knew something was up when Shawn Fanning’s startup Rupture, an unlaunched social network around gaming, delayed and delayed their launch. Well, it turns out, say multiple sources, that Ruptur

Social Network for Gamers, UGAME, Enters Private Beta

The prospect of founding a successful generic social network these days might be bleak given the dominance of players like MySpace and Facebook. However, there’s still plenty of room for niche s

AOL Finds An Obvious Use For A World Of Warcraft Social Network

The domain name has laid dormant since at least 1998, when it was acquired by AOL along with other assets of Compuserve. The domain has been coveted by a number of AOL business units over the

Napster Dude Working On WoW Social Networking Site

Back when pirating music was in vogue, a guy named Shawn Fanning made a little program called Napster. It enabled P2P file sharing and piracy to skyrocket in less than a year. So after Shawn sold Naps

Shawn Fanning's New Social Network Will Comply With WoW

A representative for Shawn Fanning called TechCrunch today to make it clear that the social networking site that the Napster founder plans to launch next year will indeed be compliant with World of Wa