Analysis: The Fragile Existence Of Online Worlds

Nobody saw the end coming for 9Dragons – especially the players.

A post in the game’s forums, which went up just hours before the U.S. servers shut down, was the only official notification. A panicky press release from GamersFirst, which had announced just two days prior that it would be assuming publishing duties starting in September, followed – urging players to create screenshots of their in-game inventory and characters and save and document their in-game status.

For most players, neither provided enough time to react. They learned their game had gone away when they tried to log on and couldn’t.

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