After Zynga informed YoVille players of the plan to shut the game down, the original creator jumped in hope to buy it back.
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One of the oldest Zynga games might be saved after all. The company announced its plan to shut it down via message boards last Friday, stating that YoVille will come to an end on March 31.
“We know game closures can be tough and we do not take the decision to sunset a game lightly,” the company said, adding that they have to focus on developing new titles. To compensate YoVille players, Zynga is offering a “bonus package” for those willing to sign up for one of the rest Zynga games.
YoVille players weren’t happy with that decision of course. Frustration and sadness started spreading throughout community. In an attempt to save their favourite game, players pledged to boycott all Zynga games if YoVille really shuts down. Numerous messages have been posted with a hope to save this title, with some suggesting that Zynga should sell the game to another company if they cannot keep it going.
This is when things started looking good for YoVille fans. Big Viking Games, original creator of a game, announced that they are in talk with Zynga to buy YoVille back. “We at Big Viking Games have been in touch with Zynga, and hope to be able to provide an update soon. They are looking at the possibility of our offer to buy back YoVille, and we appreciate all the amazing and touching stories and comments you've shared with us.” The company wrote on its Facebook page.
Although this does not mean that YoVille is saved, at least we know that fans haven’t gave up without a fight. Their efforts to reach the press have been answered and there is a hope after all. It could be a good thing if Big Viking Games continued with YoVille. Zynga has seen many of their games losing players due to bugs and other frustrating features.
I hope they will be able to save their virtual homes. Playing a casual game for years and creating your own virtual world where you can have fun is cool. Losing all that overnight just pushes players to another games, but mostly those not owned by Zynga. Will they learn from their mistake this time, or are we going to see more of company’s games closing down? There were so many promising titles created by Zynga and sadly lots of those faced difficulties in the last two years.
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