Farmville on Facebook to close this year-end
FarmVille, which was once the most popular game on Facebook, is to close down in December, more than 11 years after its launch.
However, as per Zynga, the maker of Farmville, other farming games of the company – FarmVille 2 and Tropic Escape, are available on mobile and will not be affected. FarmVille 3 is also due for release on mobile devices soon.
During its peak, the game FarmVille had more than 80 million players who would tend to virtual crops and raise animals – and also ask Facebook friends for help. Zynga has thanked all the fans for an incredible 11 years – and explained to them that the demise of Adobe Flash Player was behind the decision of closing the game.
From December this year, the social network will stop supporting Flash-based games, rendering the virtual farm game unplayable.
Adobe Systems had announced in 2017 that it plans to phase out its Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020. Till then this technology was once one of the most widely used ways to watch video clips and play games. However, the flaws in its code made it popular among hackers to infect computers. Now it has been replaced by HTML5 technology.
Zygna said, “Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player for all web browsers and Facebook will stop supporting Flash games on the platform completely after December 31, 2020.”
Zygna further added, “Thus, FarmVille will be directly affected as a result of this. We are aware that many of the users have been with us since the very beginning, helping us to build an incredible global community of players over the years and have enjoyed this game. For that, we thank you.”
In-app purchases of the game are likely to be out there till November 17, after that the sport’s fee system will be turned off.
Zynga, is introducing a number of in-game activities to allow the fans to see -off the game. Zynga is also motivating gamers to spend the remaining credit they have in the game earlier than that.
Ampere Analysis Games Research Director Piers Harding-Rolls remarked, “The game FarmVille in the late 2000s was synonymous with the explosion in social-network gaming, especially on Facebook. But that gaming market was disrupted by the mass adoption of smartphones and app stores leading to the social-network gaming market on computers shrinking significantly.”