The original version of FarmVille, which was at one time the most well-known game on Facebook, is officially closing down. Mark Pincus, chairman of a co-founder of California-based game developer Zynga, broke the news on Twitter.
“Tomorrow, Zynga shuts down FarmVille on Facebook after 11 years. I wanted to share the story of how we created it and why it has played such an important role in the evolution of gaming,” Pincus said.
Zynga’s FarmVille was one of the pioneers in taking advantage of Facebook’s blossoming client base when they displayed the video game 11 years prior. Notwithstanding the absence of flashy graphics, the game became monstrously well known, and Pincus figures “real innovation” went into making games “accessible to busy adults.”
“It was the first game at a scale that leveraged big data, and almost everything inside the game…