EA is the victim of an audacious cyber-squatting campaign by users from 4chan's /v/ board.

The mischief began when an anonymous poster was able to buy the domains eastarwars.com and eastarwarsbattlefront.com, both of which were left unregistered. Making the situation more embarassing, EAStarWars is already the official Twitter handle used by the publisher. The official site for EA's Star Wars games uses the domain starwars.ea.com.

EAStarWars.com now directs users to a site claiming that Battlefront has been cancelled, before listing all the features from 2005's Star Wars Battlefront 2 that have been omitted from the new game. At the bottom of the page is a memorial to all the studios "killed" by EA. Meanwhile, the song "Come, Sweet Death" from anime Evangelion plays automatically. EAStarWarsBattlefront.com features the same information, slowly being revealed by a scrolling skull playing a sad trumpet.

On the /v/ boards, the anonymous user posted that they want to "extort EA into eventually forking over some money". A free Russian contact email in the name of "dingdong1232" appears at the bottom of the first website.

EA has yet to respond.

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I sense a great disturbance in the Force...
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...as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

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