idyla (idyla) wrote in gopets,

GoPets will be shutdown November 7th, 2009

I had asked for someone on staff to post here, but they haven't yet and I really want everyone to get a chance to see their pets/share their memories if they want to.  I'd hate for people to miss out on this and come back later and be really upset.

Erik posted the following on October 04, 2009: "Dear all GoPets Players,

It is with profound regret and sadness that I compelled to report that we will have to shut the GoPets and GoDance service down.

It has been a privilege to work closely together with you the fan base over the past 5 years - over a million pets, 150,000 custom items, robust trades and countless adventures – all wonderful.

At the core of the issue is that despite heroic work by staff and volunteers the fundamental structure of GoPets including being a client vs. a web application and numerous others challenges, we could not grow GoPets large enough to be self-sustaining.

The staff members have moved on to good jobs, and GoPets itself will be carefully archived – for now there are no plans – but there can be hope.
The target for end of service is November 7th, 2009. We suspended payments earlier this week and we will be using our remaining savings to best refund remaining subscription time to the best of our ability. Other details of the shutdown process will follow.

I would like to thank the special volunteer players who have made extra ordinary contributions of creativity and sweat over the past year – all amazing.

Also, I must thank Mike, Ken, Nancy, Houston and Tony for keeping GoPets running for the past year as well as creating GoDance with such a small staff and huge time pressure. It was always a tough situation but I think you can be proud of what you created.

Finally, I must thank my wife Kaiwen – Lotus. GoPets could never have been created without her adventuresome spirit to move to Korea in 2003, and since then she has grown into our community leader, our localization leader and most recently a prolific designer. Beyond all that she has been my partner through all of these ups and downs and has endured and helped solve all of chaos to our family and personal lives.

Deep sadness,
-Erik "

The thread containing his post and others is here: GoPets will be shutdown November 7th, 2009

Anyway, here are some other pertinent threads:
Ways for GoPets Players To Keep In Touch
GoMemories: share your time, pics, and stories
Facebook - Stay in contact with my awesome Go Friends
GoPets Closing - Where Will You Go?
Refuse to say Goodbye to all my GoFriends

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