The end of an era: Facebook is preparing to shut down the FarmVille servers

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A sad day for the entire world community of casual gamers: one of the forerunners of the success of social videogames is about to retire.

FarmVillethe farming simulation game that debuted on Facebook in 2009, will be closed in December. This was announced by Zynga, the company creator of the game, which also released some details on what will be the definitive passing of the former social network phenomenon.

Reaching a global success in 2010, when he recorded a peak of nearly 84 million concurrent users (and a daily average of 34.5 million players), FarmVille is a farming simulator that allows players to grow crops, raise animals and build your own farm.

As happens more and more often, and in this FarmVille was one of the forerunner games, also the Zynga title allows you to pay real money to speed up the processes in courses. This payment will be deactivated in the coming weeks in anticipation of the closure of the service which will take place on December 31, 2020.

The reason for the closure is that Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player just on December 31st of this year. FarmVille is built right on Flash Player as a game that runs in Internet browsers, and Facebook will stop supporting flash games on its platform after that date.

In a dedicated post, Zynga said:

We understand that many of you have been with us since the beginning, helping to build an incredible global community of gamers over the years who have enjoyed this game as much as we do. For this we say thank you.

In-app purchases will be available until November 17, after which the game’s payment system will be deactivated. Players can still spend any remaining credits and play until December 31st.

Zynga also stated that it is “working on fun game activities” for the remaining time and directed the players to FarmVille 2: Tropic Escape on mobile devices and the imminent worldwide launch of Farmville 3 for mobile devices, currently in a phased rollout.

Have you ever played FarmVille? What do you think of what was a real worldwide phenomenon?

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