Facebook’s decision to ban the popular Farmville game has caused quite a stir among players who have spent months trying to get by playing the simple game on their accounts. Many are calling Facebook’s move “Big Brother” or “Silent Partner.” Others say that Facebook is protecting its user’s privacy by not allowing people to use secret tricks to win the game. So, why is Farmville closing down?
The reason why Facebook is shutting it down is because of two different factors. First, according to a confidential source, the developers at Zynga, a popular social networking site, realized that they were getting too far ahead of their competitors when it came to game development. Players were flocking to the Facebook applications for games like Farmville and Mafia Wars, and they quickly became a dominant force on the platform. By the time Facebook tried to give its users an option to switch to a more traditional type of game, it was clear that it had all but cornered the market on flash player games. Zynga decided that it was finally time to do something about its dominance in the genre. In November of 2021, it introduced Farmville: Anniversary. This massive update added a ton of new features and cut down on the number of technical resources used by the game.
As part of the deal, the company announced that it was shutting down the application. Many analysts have speculated why the company announced such news just a few days after releasing an update. A popular theory is that the company may be trying to position Farmville as an eternally updating game. Users have shown a lot of interest in updating their profile pictures with a photograph of the latest crop of crops that they have tended. Additionally, many Facebook users expressed disappointment that the company will no longer be making significant technological advancements that could make the platform more comfortable to use for casual gamers.
Regardless of whether you agree with that theory or not, it is clear that Zynga has made a massive mistake by shutting down its application. If they had only allowed players from outside the platform to access the Farmville application, perhaps the company would have received a different kind of reaction from players. However, with the recent update, that ability will no longer be available, and all hope is now lost for Farmville players everywhere.
To understand how shutting down the application will affect the future of gaming on Facebook, it’s essential to look at how they framed their announcement. The release of Farmville: Anniversary – the second-largest update in the history of the site – included a statement that Facebook would no longer be providing “additional content, features, or options” to players who had purchased the original version Farmville: All-Time Classics. That means that you will no longer be able to compete against other players in the game in ten years or so. Instead, you will have to wait for an entire decade before you can start to gain the skills needed to compete with other Facebook players.
Many observers noted that the company announced that it would cease the daily active user statistic due to performance issues. In response, the social media giant released a statement that it was “working hard to resolve these issues,” and that it was “actively exploring” potential solutions. In a later statement, the company stated that it is “working on ways to strengthen the experience on Facebook for all members around the world.” While that may be true, it doesn’t solve the problem identified in the original press release: namely, decreasing the number of players who will have access to Farmville: All-Time Classics.
Although the original game was only available on iOS, which is Apple’s mobile operating system, several browsers were eventually added to the service, including Google Chrome, Yahoo’s browsers, Microsoft Edge, and Apple Safari. All of these browsers, including Safari, could potentially allow users to play the original game. However, none of them, including the most recently introduced Google Chrome, could ever let users play the game. As noted earlier, the company has stopped distributing the original game for all web browsers. So, if you want to play Farmville: All-Time Classics on a web browser, you will not be able to. This does not mean that the game is “banned” from the web, though.
The truth is that Apple has stopped distributing the original because they are unwilling to enter into a licensing agreement with Hasbro. Instead, Apple does not want to make any more copies of the popular flash games. In recent years, Apple has taken several steps to ensure that it does not end up with a massive library of PC flash games that they have had trouble distributing. In addition to signing an agreement with Hasbro, they have employed several strategies to limit the number of copies of games that they make. On Dec. 31st, the only way to play all popular games is likely through the official Apple flash player.