Website MMO-Champion managed to get their hands on the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm alpha client and posted video tours of WoW’s two major cities, Orgrimmar and Stormwind, alongside a bunch of screenshots of the game and new info on crafting skills. Blizzard, obviously not too happy about the situation, has forced MMO-Champion to take down the content they posted as well as making them hide all the forum posts on their website concerning the leak. These posts are now archived “somewhere” according to MMO-Champion and will be put back up once the NDA has been lifted.
This leak brings up a big question, how the hell does an alpha client for a game as big World of Warcraft: Cataclysm make its way onto the net and into someone’s hands like this? Also, why was Blizzard so slow on responding? It was roughly around 4 days before MMO-Champion was stopped. Content leaks like this never disappear once they hit the net, so shutting down MMO-Champion’s posts wont really help the situation as much as it would if they had put an end to this earlier. But I do understand the desire to make sure your project isn’t shown to the public before it’s ready. I support Blizzard fully in that respect.