Yes, Farmville is shutting down.
It is permanent closure for the most popular game on Facebook, Farmville. Come 31st December 2020 and Farmville will not be available on Facebook or the Play Store.
Why is Farmville closing?
Farmville uses the old technology Adobe Flash that will no longer be supported by browsers and Facebook.
The creator of Farmville, Zynga announced in a blog post that since Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player for all web browsers, Farmville will be directly affected by this step. Also, Facebook will stop supporting Flash games on their platform from 31st Dec 2020.
Since its launch in 2009, Farmville on Facebook has captivated the game lovers’ attention due to its concept. But it wasn’t unique, to begin with. Its concept was heavily borrowed from the games Green Patch and Slashkey’s Farm Town. Zynga, Farmville’s creator had a massive user base and it used cross-promotions and ads to fuel the initial curiosity.
Six months after the game’s release it had 73 million monthly active users. By July 2011, it had reached 750 million. Farmville even partnered with Microsoft Bing, McDonald’s, and American Express including a promotion for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album.
Farmville earned good money through its in-app purchases. Its ‘Invite Friends’ feature helped it to grow its user base substantially. But it had its own shares of criticism too. Its parent company Zynga started the trend of user permission to access their data. Of course, the collected data was effectively analyzed and used to its advantage.
What next for Farmville players?
The in-app purchases will be available until 17th Nov 2020. After this, neither payments will be accepted nor will refunds be processed. It urges the players to use any pending credits before 31st Dec 2020. It is also working on some in-game activities to make the players remaining time on Farmville memorable. Also, it is offering a Bonus Package to players who want to migrate to Farmville 2: Tropic Escape before 31st Dec 2020.
NOTE: Only Farmville will be discontinued on 31st Dec 2020. The Farmville 2: Tropic Escape, Farmville 2: Country Escape will continue both on the web browser and mobile. Also, Zynga has plans to launch Farmville 3 on the mobile soon.
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