The fat lady sings loud and proud for Stage 6

I’m not doing a very good job of taking some quiet time, am I? Still, this one definitely deserves a post. It’s sad news, but it seems to be true: Stage 6 is shutting down.

Stage 6 is one of the premier choices for top-quality (divx) video hosting. It’s popular throughout the machinima world, but World Of Warcraft machinimators in particular are absolutely in love with it. The loss of this site is going to be a major blow. The site will close its virtual doors in just a few days time, on February 28th 2008. All hosted videos (and everything else besides) will be lost.

The official announcement on the Stage 6 site gives the reason for the shutdown as basically financial:

“So why are we shutting the service down? Well, the short answer is that the continued operation of Stage6 is a very expensive enterprise that requires an enormous amount of attention and resources that we are not in a position to continue to provide. There are a lot of other details involved, but at the end of the day it’s really as simple as that.”

There’s not a lot of time to make alternative arrangements, so if you currently host on Stage 6, you need to stop what you’re doing right now and investigate some alternatives. Thankfully, there are several available.

Yet again, we thank moo Money for this one. She gives good suggestions for alternative hosting in her original post on WoW Insider