Kongregate is having to downsize a lot of it’s output.
The publisher has announced that is is no longer accepting new games and needs space and time to “evolve”.
Taking to a forum post, the Kongregate team noted;
“[Since 2006], Kongregate as a company has grown and adjusted with industry-wide changes. Today, our business is largely focused on developing games. Flash, as you are aware, is slowly going away. That means that Kongregate.com will need to evolve as well”.
The News Hits Hard
Kongregate has, in the past, been known for developing flash browser games. In more recent years, however, they’ve made a footing into the mobile games market specifically. Kongregate continued, saying;
“We will be rolling out several changes to the website over the coming days and months. The first of which is that we will no longer be accepting new titles on Kongregate.com as of today. We also will not be adding any more badges to games. You will still be able to play our existing library of over 128,000 amazing games [and] developers will be able to update their games as normal.
In addition, we will be disabling a number of Kongregate.com’s social features later this month and in the future. We know that this change will be frustrating to many of you, but we wanted to give you a chance to plan for it, so you don’t lose contact with the many friends you’ve made on Kongregate.com over the years”.
It’s not a great time for Kongregate fans knowing that a lot of the appeal of the site is being stripped away and/or peeled back. Unfortunately, it’s just a sign of the times. Flash games are becoming less and less common as sites like Steam and Epic Games expand their libraries. There will always be a small niche market for Flash games, of course.
The End of Kongregate & Flash
Kongregate added a list of features that will change or be removed as well, including;
- Chat rooms not associated with a particular game, including Badge-of-the-day chat rooms, will be closing.
- Many game-specific chat rooms will no longer be available, but some games (roughly 20) will continue to have chat.
- Certain non-gaming forums (Off-Topic, Serious Discussion, The Arts, and Forum Games) will be removed from the site.
- Most other forums will be moved to a read-only state in which administrators can make announcements but players will not be able to post. This will not affect the forums for Animation Throwdown, Bit Heroes and other Kongregate-created games.
- Individuals wishing to create a new account will be required to verify their email address.
All this being said, though, isn’t that Kongregate will cease to exist. The site is simply refocusing it’s energy into developing games. The same quality of care that the studio has put into it’s flash games can be seen elsewhere.
Let us know in the comments section how this news affects you. Are you one of the players who will be affected by Kongregate’s announcement? Or is this the first time you’ve heard of them? Either way, voice your opinions down below.
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