I still see people clambering over the Black-Aperture.com website. I see a lot of websites reporting how the site is possibly real, but they haven't done any of the homework (or like a Senior in high school: they only did page 1 of 5). I want to put an end to it because the website is fake and is not operated or owned by Valve.
This is the Who.Is report of Black-Aperture.com: http://who.is/whois/black-aperture.com/
First, the registrar name "Network Solutions". It is consistent with sites like Valvesoftware.com, but that doesn't mean anything at all.
The U.S. Department of Commerce created a program called InterNIC back in 1993. The InterNIC is a central database that contains all the registered domain names and the associated IP addresses in the US. Network Solutions was chosen to be the administrator of this network information center. While other companies (known as registrars) provide domain names and maintain DNS servers, Network Solutions still maintains the central database to ensure that there are no duplicates.
Next, we have the domain servers. AKA, the servers that a website is physically hosted on. Black-Aperture.com is not hosted on the same servers as Valve's other websites...
If you take a look at the Who.Is report, you'll see that the site sits on a server called NS65.DOMAINCONTROL.COM. This server appears to belong mostly to GoDaddy [click]. This means that the person who created this website is using GoDaddy for server hosting.
Valve on the other hand has their own servers for their websites, for example NS1.VALVESOFTWARE.COM. Having their own set of domain servers is good for security, it is more convenient, and it saves the company money.
Last, the fact that all of the logos and text have disappeared from the site since a few days ago. I suspect that Valve's legal team had sent a sort of cease and desist letter to the site owner because he was using copyrighted and trademarked material without the consent from the owners [Valve].
I hope you guys understand this. This is definitive proof that Black-Aperture.com is not owned or operated by Valve.