Disney lets the Club Penguin domain name expire

first_imgIt’s not like Disney to let the domain name for one of its hottest online properties up and expire without warning. Even so, that’s exactly what happened earlier today with Club Penguin, Disney’s web-based children’s game. The domain name expired on June 13th, but the site finally vanished on the morning of the 20th.It didn’t take long for people – or at least parents with unhappy children – to take notice that the site was gone. In its place, visitors found a generic Network Solutions parked-domain page, advising them to place a backorder request for the domain if they’re interested in purchasing it, or to renew the domain if they’re the rightful owner.AdChoices广告As soon as Disney learned of the situation, they contacted Network Solutions to renew the domain and bring the site back online. At the time of this writing, the site is back up and working normally, although the site notes that some users may not be able to see it yet. Since the URL has been re-registered, Club Penguin users will have to wait until DNS servers around the globe have been updated before all users can access the site again, which in some cases can take up to 72 hours.The issue first appeared on Club Penguin fan blogs like Club Penguin Insider, which went the extra step to squash rumors that the site may have been hacked or inadvertently shut down without warning. According to ZDNet, Disney has been swamped with calls from parents asking when Club Penguin will be available again, and that the company will take corrective action to make sure this doesn’t happen again.Disney purchased Club Penguin from New Horizon Interactive back in 2007 for well over $350 million, and since then the site has grown to become the go-to massively multiplayer game for children 6-14. The game is perhaps best known for its child-centric atmosphere, heavy parental controls, and strict focus on child safety.Read more at Club Penguin, via Club Penguin Insiderlast_img