The original version of FarmVille, which was at one time the most well-known game on Facebook, is officially closing down. Mark Pincus, chairman of a co-founder of California-based game developer Zynga, broke the news on Twitter.
“Tomorrow, Zynga shuts down FarmVille on Facebook after 11 years. I wanted to share the story of how we created it and why it has played such an important role in the evolution of gaming,” Pincus said.
Zynga’s FarmVille was one of the pioneers in taking advantage of Facebook’s blossoming client base when they displayed the video game 11 years prior. Notwithstanding the absence of flashy graphics, the game became monstrously well known, and Pincus figures “real innovation” went into making games “accessible to busy adults.”
“It was the first game at a scale that leveraged big data, and almost everything inside the game was tested and optimized. FarmVille became a training ground for a generation of entrepreneurs and product managers,” he said.
Zynga was right on time to understand the potential of farm games, which were gradually picking up fame in the United States in the most recent decade. In 2009, it procured MyMiniLife and directed four engineers to construct a farm game.
“The team sat in an alcove by my office. I met w/ them daily and focused on building the next evolution of social farm simulation. We kept it simple: better crop art, math, and remove the stranger-danger marketplace. We also found subtle ways to make it easier to play,” Pincus said.
Facebook, which was then opening its feed to app developers, saw the potential in FarmVille, and Mark Zuckerberg requested that Pincus publish the game on the famous social network.
“Facebook had just opened the feed to app developers, and Zuck asked me to send him all the content we had, saying FB would filter out what it didn’t want to show. FarmVille became the first major game to leverage the news feed as an extension of the core game,” Pincus included.
FarmVille was launched, presently, on June 19, 2009. It became an “immediate viral hit” and managed to collect 1 million daily active users (DAUs) before the finish of its first week, Pincus said.
FarmVille’s fame didn’t melt away in the interceding decade. The decision to pull the plug on the game returns to Adobe’s declaration that it will at this point don’t distribute and update its Flash Player for web browsers after December 31, 2020.
“Following an incredible 11 years since its initial launch back in 2009, we are officially announcing the closure of the original FarmVille game on Facebook. As previously stated, 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. FarmVille will, therefore, be directly affected as a result of this,” Zynga said in an announcement.
The Adobe Flash Player may have reached the finish of its life cycle, however, this doesn’t mean curtains for FarmVille. While the desktop version of the game will not, at this point run on browsers, the individuals who wish to play Farmville 2: Tropic Escape can even now do as such on mobile. Zynga is relied upon to launch Farmville 3 in 2021.