Fans of the Facebook games Super Farkle and Be A Tycoon have until Dec. 31, 2010 to enjoy these games.
On October 21, players of these two applications began seeing a new message when they opened the games: “As of December 31st, 2010, Super Farkle (or Be A Tycoon) will no longer be available for play.” Both games are no longer allowing players to buy in-game boosts, and state they are not responsible for giving refunds to those who bought them in the past.
The statement comes from the games’ new owners, Playdom, and doesn’t say why the games are being shut down, nor has the company released any official explanation.
Many fans have expressed outrage on the official Facebook pages and discussion boards of both games. Fans of Be A Tycoon have even resorted to and profanity and insults aimed at Playdom.
Most just want to know the answer to one question: Why?
This author even attempted to get in touch with Playdom through their support link to Be A Tycoon, and more than a week later has received no response, not even an automated email that states they received the request.
Playdom acquired both applications when it bought Offbeat Creations in early March. According to a March 3 article by Leena Rao for TechCrunch, at the time of the buyout Offbeat claimed more than one million monthly users total for its Facebook apps.
As of this writing, Super Farkle’s Facebook page states that it has 144,981 monthly active users and a rating of 4 out of five stars. Be A Tycoon’s page states it has 44,906 monthly active users. As vocal as the supporters seem to be, the game’s rating sits at 2.1 out of five stars.
The majority of Offbeat’s other applications have already been removed from Facebook.
In comparison, Playdom-developed games are exploding. Mobsters 2 has 596,657 monthly active users and a rating of 3.6 out of five stars, World Series of Poker has 587,236 monthly active users and a rating of 3.9 out of five, and Mobsters has 64,922 monthly users and 3.5 out of five stars, all according to the games’ Facebook pages. Playdom’s other big name applications all have monthly users in the millions.
The decline in users for the games bought from Offbeat might mean a decline in revenue for the games, which would be one reason for removing them. Some of the games’ fans have suggested on discussion boards that Playdom’s lack of updates or technical support of these games has led to the decline in players. Without a statement from Playdom, however, all fans have is speculation.
Super Farkle should not be confused with the game Remarkable Farkle, which is one of the games in the collection of games within the application named Games.