Video game author and web gaming company Kongregate is no longer accepting new submissions because of its Kongregate.com gaming portal, the company has announced. As of this writing, Kongregate’s site says you can find 128,655 games available on the particular service, and the announcement means you can find unlikely to ever be more. Kongregate says it’s also shutting lower many of the site’s social features, plus GameIndustry.biz reports that it’s made several layoffs as part of the changes.
“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,” Kongregate said in its statement.
It’s unlikely to come as much of a bg surpise that the company is shifting sources away from its site, which this described as a “legacy Flash gaming platform” in a declaration to GameIndustry.biz. In 2017, Adobe announced that it would end support for Flash this year, plus multiple browsers now block the normal by default. For now, you can still personally enable Flash to play many of the video games on Kongregate.com, but it’s a legacy technology.
The end of Flash offers raised questions about how the thousands of video games that rely on it are going to be maintained. For its part, Kongregate has partnered with Rochester’s The Strong National Museum of Play to preserve its Flash games. The particular collaboration will see the museum down load and preserve the games so they continue to be available for education and analysis, and it will take steps to ensure the games keep on being playable.
Although Kongregate states that its existing library associated with games will still be available, many of the site’s social features will be disabled upon July 22nd. Around 20 from the game-specific chat rooms will remain open. Several will close, along with chat rooms that will aren’t associated with any specific video game. Certain non-gaming forums will vanish from the site, while “most” other people will become read-only, allowing only admins to post. Forums for Kongregate’s very own games like Bit Heroes will never be affected, the company said, and it will become dedicating fewer resources to assisting the site overall.
As properly as needing to reflect broader modifications in our gaming industry, Kongregate told GameIndustry.biz that the COVID-19 outbreak has also had a negative impact on the business. “That’s why we had to take this unfortunate step to reshape our organization,” it said.
Kongregate also confirmed that it’s making a number of layoffs as part of the adjustments. The company confirmed the layoffs in order to GameIndustry.biz, without disclosing a precise number. “We can confirm that we have made the difficult, but necessary decision to let a number of appreciated team members go today,” the company said within a statement.
Kongregate said that the business is currently “largely focused” on establishing games.