The Future of ZAM Network

An update on the future of ZAM.

Hello Wowhead, TF2 Outpost, ZAM.com, DestinyDB and LolKing users! Today, we’d like to make an announcement regarding the future of ZAM Network, as many of you may have noticed some recent changes occurring with our staff.

In the next few months, ZAM is going to be setting up shop in the Los Angeles area to be closer to the companies that we care so passionately about. While not everyone on the ZAM team will be able to move to the new offices, the potential new and expanded focus made moving to a new headquarters a top priority. Being within driving distance from Blizzard, Activision, Riot, and many others will allow us to give you unprecedented new insight into your favorite games so we can continue to increase the quality and depth of our coverage. We also hope to expand our content as well, especially with the incredible access to video, art, and editorial talent within the LA region.

While we’re growing the ZAM team to include these new faces, you shouldn’t be worried about any loss of service with the current sites. Wowhead, LolKing, TF2 Outpost, DestinyDB and our other top-tier sites will continue to operate as normal and will only improve throughout the year.

Over the last 15 years, we’ve devoted all of our energy into making this network the best place to get information for the biggest online games. The next step in ZAM’s growth is coming, and we hope you’re excited.


Cody Bye, President

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My advice
# Jun 25 2015 at 5:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Find a way to rip the sites you value RIGHT NOW and make your own archive.

I know I will be looking at doing just that this weekend. I have my own website with hundreds of pages and many,many pictures. Still fits on a DVD with room to spare, so the amount of data should not scare you off.

Or ***** around and wait for them to go poof like all other things on the net.

Your call.
No EQ1 support?
# Jun 19 2015 at 3:18 AM Rating: Decent
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So does this move mean the entire EQ community site on ZAM is shafted?

If that is the case I want my sub money for ZAM back cause only interest in any of the ZAM sites I have is the EQ1 site and discussion forums.

*edit* Just read another site saying the only staff for EQ1/EQ2 sites were laid off and the entire site is now unsupported.

What is this rubbish?

Not paying a single copper to ZAM or some Tencent Holding Company from 3rd world China until EQ support is OFFICIALLY stated. ***** their semi-communist Tencent corporation.

Edited, Jun 19th 2015 11:24am by xwhitemousex
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Seriously, LA?
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Oops. Nevermind.

Edited, Jun 18th 2015 12:52pm by Geroblue
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error on my part.

Edited, Jun 18th 2015 12:54pm by Geroblue
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Not getting what I paid for
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I paid good money for ZAM/EQ site and now its stopped giving me what I paid for. Should I dispute my credit card charge and demand a refund.

I'm a angry PAID customer!
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Do it.
Sigh...
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/Auto-Renew OFF

The only reason I pay for this site is for the EQ content and the people.... Hoping the data is retained and available even with minimal support...
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Offline backup of EQ site ?
# Jun 16 2015 at 3:51 PM Rating: Decent
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If EQ is no longer going to be supported, could we get some way to grab a copy of the site for offline use ?
Offline backup of EQ site ?
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I'm sure you'd need massive storage to capture all this data.
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Mugsynj wrote:
I'm sure you'd need massive storage to capture all this data.


I'd host it
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just turned mine off too. Only reason I use this site.
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Has it been publicly stated EQ won't be supported anymore?
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I didn't see in the article mention that EQ (or EQII) is being dropped. Where does it state that? Unless it's stated, I'm going to believe they are supporting it.
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Has it been publicly stated EQ won't be supported anymore?
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Has it been publicly stated EQ won't be supported anymore?
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It doesn't actually state there that EQ or EQII will no longer be supported. Lack of mentioning us doesn't mean we're gone.
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Has it been publicly stated EQ won't be supported anymore?
# Jun 17 2015 at 3:52 AM Rating: Excellent
That's the exact issue I've been trying to get ZAM to clarify. They mention things will continue but they state the top tier sites will maintain yet don't specify what they consider top tier. The fact there have been zero updates here and yet Wowhead and others continue to see regular updates makes me believe this site is out to pasture and they are avoiding simply stating so. Cody Bye has so far chosen not to reply to my tweet asking him to clarify and all the staff on this site seem either gone or bound by NDA.
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Has it been publicly stated EQ won't be supported anymore?
# Jun 16 2015 at 10:13 PM Rating: Default
Did you even read the article ?
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Having maintained an auto-renew premium account for many years, I just changed auto-renew to OFF. Seems fairly clear to me that EQ1 has been abandoned at this point. As I do not play any of the "featured" games, I see no reason to contribute another cent to ZAM's revenue stream. Such a shame to see the disposal of so many dedicated long-term virtual employees.
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# Jun 19 2015 at 3:28 AM Rating: Decent
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My Auto-Renew was also switched to OFF.

I have zero interest in vaporware like world of kidcraft and other trash games they are supporting.
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We have been subscribed to this account for a long, long time. Long before Zam took over Allah's.

This is really sad ... until I realize someone should just take over the idea. Paying for information we created ourselves is annoying.
turned off auto renew until
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I also turned off auto renew until something definite is specifically said about continuing Everquest support.
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This is a bummer
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Just turned off autorenew. This post seems to have the most insight to all this that I can http://eq2wire.com/2015/06/09/the-future-of-zam-network-2/
Good luck all and goodbye?
This is a bummer
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As if I needed another reason to dislike China. Smiley: mad
Thanks for that link.
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Thankfully http://eqresource.com/ exists for the newer content.
Mobile site.
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It is ok. I turned off auto renew since I noticed it is a PITA to navigate zam while using an iPad. If you can't keep up with technology then you can't supply me with premium service.
where is the site we've worked so hard to build
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Where are our updates.
Been a member here for a long time, really seeing things fall apart, not even able to contribute anymore.
Want to be able to update quests, etc. comments aren't enough I should be able to submit whole quests like a real wiki

I wonder if the new advanced looting system is messing with the info paassing to Alla

Edited, Jun 14th 2015 10:06pm by Slogha
where is the site we've worked so hard to build
# Jun 15 2015 at 8:52 AM Rating: Decent
New loot system may have some effect, but I believe the problem with the EverQuest part of Allahkazam is Allahkazam. I'm very /sad to see this fan site no longer being maintained for the game I love.
Support of Everquet
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Have not seen any updates at all on the EQ portion of the site since June 2.. does this mean you are no longer supporting Everquest ?
Petition from the 3rd of June
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I agree. I put in a petition on June 3rd about my origin is set to an unknown zone on my SK. Still no word on it.

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# Jun 13 2015 at 6:21 PM Rating: Decent
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I think it is obvious that there is a rift between Daybreak Games and Zam. Since Daybreak Games has taken over EQ and EQ2, the whole game has suffered. They laid off all the employees who were knowledgeable and left a skeleton crew to pick up the pieces. The employees that were left are probably so overworked that they don't have time to do anything extra.

I don't know how Zam works with companies to get their information but it appears to me that a light bulb just burned out!

Everyone I know uses Zam for information regarding Everquest. I don't think we could play the game effectively without Zam's help. Thank you for your years of service to the gaming population.

Just my 2 copper . . .
Daybreak Games Uncooperative?
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It's so sad watching this quality site fall apart like this. I've been a member since 2002.
wrong direction
# Jun 10 2015 at 6:08 PM Rating: Good
If the game companies were smart, they'd move someplace rural like Microsoft did.
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whats going on?
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Meanwhile Wowhead got 3 updates today.
whats going on?
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This event is just the opposite of Magelo. Magelo now only supports EQ and has discontinued support of WoW. Zam supports WoW and is discontinuing supporting EQ/EQ2.
lets do it simple ..
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eq/eq2 user

auto renew off
patron status annulation pending .


do you get the message ?
Cody Bye-bye
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I have never been so excited! Except maybe getting a root canal, vasectomy or oncology testing! I've never seen anyone just flat a$$ ignore their customers as you have sir! How long does it take to answer what is going on to the EQ site on Allakhazam? Who hired you? Obama? Healthcare.gov had better information when it first launched and you couldn't even get the site to come up! How about taking a few minutes and answer us!

Puhnjab!
Auto-renewal
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Turned of my payment auto-renewal. No sense paying for updated EQ info when there won't be any. Rather sad I recently paid for a year.
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# Jun 09 2015 at 1:00 PM Rating: Good
I due some times use the new comments section when I don't see the admin new updates post.
http://everquest.allakhazam.com/newcomments.html
Zam Move
# Jun 09 2015 at 12:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Take me!!! Im in chicago, but i would relocate in a minute. email is rayann2356@yahoo.com
An update on the future of ZAM.
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"While we’re growing the ZAM team to include these new faces, you shouldn’t be worried about any loss of service with the current sites. Wowhead, LolKing, TF2 Outpost, DestinyDB and our other top-tier sites will continue to operate as normal and will only improve throughout the year."

It does not appear that ZAM is interested in maintaining the EQ information. No updates at all for a long period in May. No response to questions from EQ subscribers about ZAM's intentions of maintaing the service. And the last update:
Ragefire Founder's Chest Available Until EOD Today, came on the last day with NO notice that the chest was available on Lockjaw until the last few hours. The Ragefire offer had been avaible for some time via the Marketplace, but was being passed by word of mouth.

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This is my EQ Bible.

is eq done with allak?
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have not seen an update in a while. wondering what is going on? is daybreak/eq and allak not going to be here anymore?
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A link to his resume still doesn't answer any questions.
The Site
# Jun 05 2015 at 9:42 PM Rating: Decent
Plenty of Sites to enjoy people and We are lucky enough to have our EQ friends. However this site was tremendous at supplying accurate info and tips to help us enjoy our game!!! I would like to see it continue!! Love you guys!!
Seriously, LA?
# Jun 05 2015 at 3:30 PM Rating: Good
I think we can ALL read thru the lines, that there is politics involved and certain people are on the loosing end. In today's digital age, and most of all a gaming website, there is no need to go to work in a physical location. So those who are no longer supporting the website, were simply on the loosing side. Sad time for the customer!
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# Jun 05 2015 at 1:34 PM Rating: Excellent
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This site was never about the content - it was about the people.

Good job still not getting it.
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Same trivia question all week. Same media box screenshot all week. No updates all week.
I fear the worst for this site. I hope I'm wrong.
Simple Question
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What about Everquest? Obviously left out of article.........??? Jaelithian Fyreheyre, 105 level wizard, 14 year devoted player.
Do you plan to answer about the future of the EQ site?
# Jun 03 2015 at 5:24 AM Rating: Excellent
Several people have asked with no response and your message does not appear to mention everquest.allakhazam. It's been quite some time with no activity for a site that usually updates every weekday. When do you plan to reassure us that this site will continue?
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Don't shoot the messenger! I'm not privvy to any specifics when it comes to individual sites.

Edited, Jun 3rd 2015 8:06am by Cyliena
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# Jun 05 2015 at 5:17 PM Rating: Excellent
Sorry if it feels like I am shooting the messenger but I can find no where else to ask this question. This Cody Byce guy seems to be some sort of mysterious, unreachable shadow. Wowhead seems to be receiving steady updates so I'm left to assume the EQ portion is being put out to pasture. In any case, I've turned off auto-subscription because I'm not going to subscribe to a site for gaming news, I can get that many other places.
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Could you possibly throw a stapler at someone who IS "privvy to any specifics when it comes to individual sites" so we could get an answer to the future of everquest.allakhazam.com? And if this particular site is closing will refunds be possible?
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# Jun 02 2015 at 8:30 PM Rating: Excellent
I only want to know one thing--Are you going to maintain Zam Everquest as you have in the past? Honest, this is the only page I visit here because of the wealth of knowledge. Without it.....well that's it.
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In my opinion, the loss of those that supported ZAM is a loss to the site. If the only reason to cut them was due to a move then that's entirely bad form.

If that is not the only reason it makes sense, but for situations with relocation in this age you could have easily used attrition as your method of relocation rather than layoffs.
Why LA?
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Its laughable that someone thinks facetime or any other video chat application can come anywhere close to covering data at the source. Moving to LA makes all sorts of sense. Congrats on the move!
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For any employee who owns a house, unless his local market is the exception, finding a buyer so one can move to follow an employer might be nearly impossible.
So, is Cyliena moving with the company?
She has become a good friend over these last several years.
(To be blunt, she has been far more helpful than say, my insurance agent.)
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I personally will not be making the move. I'll still be around on Twitter and the official EQ2 forums. Once Fan Faires make a return you can count on my haunting those as well.
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Cyliena, I shall miss you sorely on this website. You have always been on top of the latest events, and always a voice of calm and reason during stormy times.
I pray you will find new employment soon.
(Although I suppose they can't afford it, its a shame ZAM cannot give you a raise that would make it worth your while to move.)
Whatever the reason, ZAM is losing an extremely valuable employee in you.
They will be the lesser for it.
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Company Moves, which employees left behind
# Jun 02 2015 at 5:48 AM Rating: Excellent
So many other decent admins have been already been dropped. Don't hold your breath on your favorite ones still being admins in the end. I don't even know the current ones, at all.
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EQ site future
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Besides this post, this EQ site hasn't been updated since May 22nd. Is this a sign that it's going away? =(
So . . .
# Jun 01 2015 at 6:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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Does this mean Everquest.allakhazam.com is being closed down?
So . . .
# Jun 01 2015 at 9:58 PM Rating: Excellent
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Grixx777 wrote:
Does this mean Everquest.allakhazam.com is being closed down?


I sure hope not, since EQ is the only game that I play (or intend to ever play) and I just paid my yearly subscription to Allakhazam.
Seriously, LA?
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Why freaking LA? Why bother with driving distance in this era of Face Time, Skype, etc. My inner sarnak is baring her teeth at this decision. My freshly polished claws are twitching to 'scratch' someone.
Seriously, LA?
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They apparently don't understand computers and the Internet. A move is silly. Like travelling around the world for face to face conferences. Waste of time and money. Our money.
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# Jun 02 2015 at 8:29 AM Rating: Excellent
celticfyre wrote:
Why freaking LA? Why bother with driving distance in this era of Face Time, Skype, etc. My inner sarnak is baring her teeth at this decision. My freshly polished claws are twitching to 'scratch' someone.


It's one of those BS comments from a company needing to downsize and afraid to let the people go. So they move their HQ and let people go because they aren't able to go with them, and when they get to LA, they will replace very few of them.
Seriously, LA?
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Yeah! LA is where dinosaurs go to die. There is no talent left in LA. Witness all the bereft stuff coming out of there. Very poorly conceived movie remakes of other movie remakes or TV shows.
Seriously, LA?
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I think many share this observation. When I saw them making a movie out of The Dukes of Hazzard, I knew Hollywood was truly out of ideas. I like comic book movies and animations (Megamind was good ), but when that is the only thing they have going for them, they're in trouble.
Producers out of New Zealand (Peter Jackson) and Indie film makers make better movies than Hollywood today.
L.A. has lost its magic.
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Not to mention, in this day and age, there is no reason whatsoever to not allow admins to work remotely to update content on a huge information database, because that's exactly what this is.

No, they want to shift their focus to become a gaming site similar IGN and the like, where game data is secondary and not the primary focus like it is now.
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