Difficult Times at Gamania/Beanfun!
The bad news continues for struggling game company Gamania. Earlier this year, Gamania went through a few rounds of layoffs and fought off an alleged hostile take over attempt by Nexon who was buying up shares of Gamania fast enough to attract the attention of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC). Well the news for Gamania is not about to get any better. Recently the company's Beanfun! label posted this sad news on their forums:
"This week we regret to announce that we will be closing down all of our servers by January 13th, 2013. We have been able to grow together and share in some great times, and watch as you guys grew into a community of gamers we are proud to call our own. It is time to renew our contracts with PlayCoo and sadly we aren’t able to continue hosting these wonderful games. This decision happened very quickly and we wish we could give you more time, but unfortunately could not.
Web Koihime Musou servers will close down on December 31st, 2012, while Divina and Lucent Heart will remain open until January 13th, 2013, when we will shut down all operations. At this time we’ve turned off the beanpoint shop so you will not be able to purchase anymore more beanpoints, and our Item Malls will be closing very soon. While we cannot offer compensation for items that were purchased, we are looking into some sort of compensation for any player who still has beanpoints left on their account. Also our Customer Support Department will remain active until January 31st, 2013, so you can still contact them if you have any questions or issues.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the games as much as we’ve enjoyed supporting them and this great community. Thank you for playing! <3"
While this is certainly sad news for current players of Gamania titles, it also cast a shadow over anticipated future titles such as Core Blaze. The negotiations with PlayCoo and the company's report of a net loss in the second financial quarter of this year seem to have been too much for Gamania to overcome. Will other companies move in to pick up the pieces on some games? Will Nexon finally take over some titles? A great deal has yet to be determined but fans of Gamania/beanfun! titles should jump in now as the window of play time is, sadly, closing very quickly.
What do you think? Should some of Gamania's games survive and move to a different company? What company would you like to see take over some titles?
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But I just found out
Langrisser Schwarz and Dream Drops was cancelled and it's not being worked on anymore.
I have no idea about Tiara Concerto tho, think only the Japanese version is there, but they're not planing to publish it in any other languages.
I really do wish the Gamania team is able to regroup and make more games, and that Nexon would just go to hell.
I'd rather hear more news of whatever is going to happen to the games many looked forward to and play to experience that game. Hopefully a descent one but I'll put up with Nexon unless they F it up. I don't see PWI picking up anything largely cute that isn't another micro clone of PW.
On topic but not a responce to just thier game's.
Lucent heart has been around for a few years ( around 2 )
Game's that have been out less than a year are getting shut down and we seen Alot of this in this past year.
This is a reason why f2p will not be the future of gaming!
Not even a AAA game will last when everyone starts doing it, As this happens more frequently.How many players will stop using Item Malls , Knowing that within 2 years thier game will shut down.
Company's will start seeing less and less money. No Cash No Game.
Whats the point of making a f2p when you know your not going to get much in return?
Company's will all start charging a site fee, wether it be 5$ a month to play any of thier f2p game's , but then are thier game's still free than?
Old saying :To much of a good thing can be bad
Fking nexon... played sometime Mabinogi and then spotted "what? half of my bank is closed and i cannot retrieve stuff from there and the costume slots are locked too! now i need to keep shitty looking armor >:E"
but really, move those games. they need to survive! THEY NEED TO SURVIVE!
Just wanna get this off my chest a bit. F**K YOU NEXON!
was a game i played for years i will be very sad to watch them take it down it wont ever be the same with out the careing gm's that kept it alive and fun i will pray for Gamania employes to find a good company to settle in becuse of how mutch fun they made the games for me i am rilly sad that they cant hold the company and help they sue nexon becuse nexon an pwi need to get kicked out of gameing for a while.
I was personally very interested in Langrisser Schwarz, Dream Drops and Tiara Concerto...
The pace has slowed down considerably and games will die, but this is what's needed for the industry to keep from going away completely. As sad as it may sound, we are going to need more games to shutdown in order to establish some kind of value to the genre.. Just as sadly though, most of the most OBVIOUS asian money grab games stay open with a <100 playerbase, just to fill space..
yeah, their games were nothing but standard mmos, but they had an excellent community and staff... not to mention many great games coming, like Core Blaze, Langrisser Schwarz, Dream Drops and Tiara Concerto
man, that was a sad news, and even worse if Nexon buy their games
Then I go to a company like Nexon, Aeria, or Funcom, where they are charging my payments thrice, or declining payments, terminating services and not giving two damns about anything. Terrible customer service and just terrible people. And they prosper.
Gamania's motto was to "Have a good game!" They wanted everyone to enjoy some type of gameplay and they picked the best team ever. Gamania also worked with me and allowed me to compose music for Lucent Heart that made it into their game. Just a normal player that they confronted and asked if I would like to compose. They made a dream come true! They really did. I am so grateful for that company and pray that everyone that was involved with it may find new jobs elsewhere and keep positive.
-Lucent Heart is crap.
-Divina is crap
-The games are overly grindy
-They do nothing new
-Item mall too pricey
NO WONDER THEY FAILED!