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What Happens To Your Virtual Goods When A Game Dies?

You know that social game you’ve been working on so hard? Spending hours building up your account, maybe even buying a virtual item here or there to help you advance in the game? It sure would be a shame if there was something to happen to your account like the game being shut down by the company behind it, but everyone knows that could never happen.

… oh, wait a minute.

Last Thursday Zynga, the company behind FarmVille, announced that it will be shutting down its lesser known game Street Racing this coming Monday.

street racing closing

Apparently the company will be offering you virtual cash in other games for those that want it, but otherwise, well, you’re just out of luck.  If you follow the link above you’ll see the commentary of players of the game, and we’ll just warn you that none of it is anything you would want to say in polite company.

Looking at the stats of the game on Facebook, it had been liked by over 142 thousand people, and had nearly 424 thousand monthly users.  Compared to FarmVille this is small time, but a lot of games would dream of reaching these kinds of statistics.  Apparently it’s not good enough for Zynga in these heady days of these huge games that are being promoted at convenience stores, on real world produce and more.

I think a lot of the anger comes from a mixture of the fact that there is only five days notice, and the only compensation a player might receive is crdits for playing another game.  What if none of the other games hold any interest for the player?  They’ve invested time, energy and potentially money into a game that is being unceremoniously dropped without so much as a “sorry”.

If I was a player of these games, I’d be awfully cautious in investing any interest in another title from the company as you might findyourself with five days to say so long to it.

What say you?  Did Zynga handle this incorrectly?  Will it make you rethink playing games such as this?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...