FarmVille, one of the most popular mobile games to be released on Facebook, is finally coming to an end. Zynga, the developer of the game, recently said that it was bringing down the shutters on its game come 31 December.
Zynga’s decision to finally close the game isn’t all that surprising and actually more to do with a key decision with the game’s engine and its developer, Adobe. Back in 2017, Adobe vowed that it would be killing off its Flash software by the end of 2020. While popular at the time, it was widely acknowledged that the program was both a security and privacy nightmare.
For currently existing players, Zynga said that they’ll be able to keep all their in-app purchase up until 17 November. After that, all points, payments, and refunds will be suspended, but players will still be able to play the game until 31 December.
FarmVille came on to the scene more than a decade ago, back in 2009. At its peak, the game had a monthly user base of 73 million, and helped both its parent company and Facebook to generate a huge sum of money. As time went by, however, both Zynga’s and FarmVille’s popularity began to wane, and by 2013, the game’s user base had all but shrunk to a fragment of its glory days.
Couple that with Adobe’s promise to bring the exploit-riddled Flash to an end, it makes sense that Zynga would want to put the game out to pasture.