Farmville to be Shut Down?
Rumor has it that Zynga is considering shutting down Farmville for an extended period of time for multiple reasons, one of which is releasing it at a later date on a pay per month plan. Is there any truth to these rumors?
Farmville, the popular Facebook application that allows users to grow and harvest a farm online, is rumored to be on its last legs. Zynga has gone under legal pressure over the “scamville” issue, where offers that could be completed in order to get Farmville coins, many of which required the release of personal information and/or cash, never actually rewarded the coins advertised. Legal action was threatened against Zynga, and may have followed through, causing them to consider shutting down Farmville while the issue is dealt with, and maybe overhauling the interface and getting rid of the offers in the process.
Also floating around the internet is the rumor that Zynga is considering to shut down Farmville, and then overhaul it so it runs natively on computers, but requires a subscription to play, much like other popular games for the computer. This action would change the feel of Farmville, probably reducing the grow times as well as the controls, making the game user friendly. However, Zynga has a history of giving all proceeds from their games to charity, and over 60 million players monthly would grant them a large amount of spending power, whether it be for charitable purposes or not.
With such a popular game as Farmville possibly disappearing from Facebook, and being released later for purchase, the outcry from fans will be massive. Please, keep Farmville free and running. Email Zynga, and start a campaign. We will not pay for Farmville, and it has already made too much of an impact to be changed.