Do you remember FusionFall? It was Cartoon Network’s attempt at making its own kid-friendly MMO, operating between 2009 and 2013; we took a listen to its soundtrack fairly recently. Apparently the game was enjoyed enough by the community of players that several rogue servers were put together, but now Cartoon Network has forced their shutdown thanks to a DMCA strike.
As as first noticed by Connor at MMO Fallout, the shutdown was announced this past Thursday by the FusionFall Universe team, which seems to be a central hub for these rogue servers. “We want to say, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for the support we’ve received throughout the years. We went above and beyond our original goal, and it was all due to the support from fans like you,” reads one of the tweets in the announcement thread.
So what happened? Beyond “copyright owners protecting their copyright” anyway? If scuttlebutt from within the FusionFall community is to be believed, it’s all due to one person’s anger at the rogue server devs, with this person allegedly alerting Cartoon Network that the server devs were engaging in money laundering, among other far more disgusting allegations that we won’t be repeating since nothing’s been substantiated.
What is for certain, however, is those who were enjoying FusionFall under the radar no longer can.
Our team has received a take-down request from The Cartoon Network, Inc. under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). We respect their right to do so and are complying with their requests.
— The Universe Team (@FuFa_Universe) April 16, 2020