WHOIS Entry Gives Significantly More Credibility to Rumors
We had a report come in just minutes ago claiming that the domain Sonicandtheblackknight.com is registered to Sega’s Japanese division. We couldn’t find the information on ARIN, so we tried WhoIs.Net to verify the information.
This is what we found:
[whois.psi.jp] [ Access to PSI-Japan's Whois information is for informational purposes only. ] [ PSI-Japan makes this information available "as is," and does not guarantee ] [ its accuracy. The compilation, repackaging, dissemination or other use of ] [ PSI-Japan's Whois information in its entirety, or a substantial portion ] [ thereof, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of ] [ PSI-Japan, Inc. By accessing and using our Whois information, you agree to ] [ these terms. ] Registrant : Sega Corporation Haneda 1-2-12 Ohta-ku, Tokyo 144-8531 Japan phone : 03-5275-2789 fax : Domain Name : SONICANDTHEBLACKKNIGHT.COM Administrative Contact: Domain Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org Sega Corporation Haneda 1-2-12 Ohta-ku, Tokyo 144-8531 Japan phone : 03-5275-2789 fax : Technical Contact: Domain Administrator email@example.com Mark-i Inc. 3-3 Kojimachi 6F KDX Kojimachi bldg. Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083 Japan phone : +81.352752789 fax : Record expires on 2009-07-02 18:28:04+09. Record created on 2008-07-02 18:28:04.67985+09. Database last updated on 2008-07-02 18:28:05.02004+09. Name servers : NS1.WEBHOSTING.JP NS3.WEBHOSTING.JP This record created at Wed Jul 02 18:31:59 JST 2008.
We checked on Ohta-ku…yes, it is a real place and not some spoof on the Otaku name.
Not only does this give us significant reason to believe the authenticity of the cover and, consequently, the existence of Sonic and the Black Knight…but evidently this domain was registered at the beginning of July, so Sega’s had this in the cards for quite some time now. That makes us wonder why there wasn’t even a peep on it during the recent E3 Media and Business Summit.
Stay with TSSZ News for the latest information surrounding this incredibly polarizing rumor.