MMO Business Roundup: FarmVille’s sunset, Netmarble’s acquisitions, Intrepid hiring, WoW esports, PUBG India

    
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MMO Business Roundup: FarmVille’s sunset, Netmarble’s acquisitions, Intrepid hiring, WoW esports, PUBG India

Welcome back to another roundup of gaming industry news relevant to MMOs and MMO adjacent-titles.

PUBG India: Earlier this month, we covered how PUBG Corp. (now merged back into Krafton) was working overtime to avoid Indian’s ban on Chinese games and apps. PUBG Corp. had removed Tencent as publisher of the game, though Tencent continued to own part of Krafton, which should’ve been enough to get the game reinstated, but according to a piece on Reuters (via GIbiz), Indian officials are now demurring. “The violent nature of the game has been the cause of many complaints from all quarters,” the source said. “That does not change with the change in ownership rights.” Readers will recall that several Indian cities have previously temp-banned the game and even arrested people who kept playing it, enhancing the suspicion that recent espionage rhetoric may have been merely a fresh pretense to censor violent media.

Zynga: Say farewell to FarmVille, fam. After 11 years online, the original Flash-based FarmVille will sunset. A month ago, Zynga told players of the classic title that it would “continue to explore options for the future beyond Flash Player,” but apparently those options settled on “complete closure” at the end of 2020. Zynga’s post urges players to move to FarmVille 2 or FarmVille 3 but does mention any carrots or compensation for doing so.

Ashes of Creation: Intrepid Studios is on a hiring spree; the company everything from engineers and artists to designers and producers, plus community reps in the EU.

RF Online: Keep an eye on Netmarble, folks. Though it’s been overshadowed by the likes of NCsoft, Nexon, Pearl Abyss, and Krafton in the news lately, it’s been making big moves to buy up IPs and wheel and deal with strong licenses. Most recently, it purchased the whole RF Online IP from CCR. According to MMO Culture, Netmarble is working on a global mobile title in the RF franchise.

WoW esports: World of Warcraft crowned its Arena World Championship Battle for Azeroth Regional Champions this weekend. Wildcard Gaming pulled out a win again XSET in the EU, while in North America, M2KC bested Charlotte Phoenix, both 4-1 wins. The WoW Classic Fall Conquest starts October 3rd.

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James Crow

Farmville only sunset bc fb stop the support of java and any way it was from an era before the smartphone.

They have Fm2 and also farmville 3 already launch in some countries.

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PanagiotisLial1

Does this mean that the old RF Online(operated by Redfox games) will have changes too?

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Minimalistway

Farmville was like Travian for me, an online game so famous with people around me but i never played it, people played them so much for few months then they stopped, all of them at the same time.

Honestly i don’t care much about Farmville, Flash in the other hand is more important, for a large group of people Flash was the gaming platform, easy to develop for and you find so many free games in the web, some people care so much about it they started a project to archive all kind of Flash games.

Here is the website: https://bluemaxima.org/flashpoint/

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MilitiaMasterV

The reason most of us stopped playing those, was because Flash player had known security vulnerabilities that allowed backdoor access to your computer that they started to refuse to address/fix, so people didn’t want to open their computer up to an attack. I know that’s why I removed (And to this day don’t install) flash.

I actually will miss my FarmVille…I used to play with an online FB friend and we’d visit each-others, and I got all the way to a (Pure black!) mansion on my farm with a huge farm that practically required the use of the combine they’d added., had all kinds of event stuff also.

After I had to remove Flash, I could no longer access it, so I was forced to stop playing, even though I enjoyed it, so this was simply them losing business for choosing a platform that didn’t care about your computer’s safety.

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G I G A B E A R

Intrepid has been hiring for most of those positions for 6 months+ though. Namely senior backend developer. I’m unsure how they intend to have an alpha within the next few months without filling that, considering the reason it has been so delayed has been said by them to be massive issues with their backend architecture.