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      Exclamation The End of EU Servers?




      Initially announced on August 31st of this year, KingsIsle will no longer be offering Memberships that last longer than a month from the EU server's website. It will also be impossible to auto-renew Membership, and to continuously have one active you must buy it each month.



      Here is the official announcement:





      BlazeLifehammer has uploaded an in-depth video of this news, I highly recommend watching it!:






      A few key things to note:


      • If the servers do shut down, character transfer is unlikely, since this was impossible with Wizard101 on Steam.
      • The EU servers are behind on updates.
      • Wizard101 U.S. is run by MGI, and Wizard101 EU is run by Gameforge, so there could be conflicts of interest here.
      • Gamigo is known to bleed games dry, so this could be part of their plan.
      • The EU servers only make up 9% of Wizard101's revenue while the American servers contribute 91%.
      • Membership on EU servers can only be bought on a month to month basis now.
      • The Asian Wizard101 servers have been shut down. (If anyone knows when this happened, please let me know!)










      In my opinion, I see this as Gamigo's plan to ween off "unnecessary" costs before focusing on driving American Wizard101 into the ground. It's quite disappointing to see, especially when you consider the untapped market they have in Europe. Although that is speculation on my part, it does fall in line with Gamigo's narrative of killing off games. Although I suppose we'll just have to wait and see what happens, with luck EU Players will have the option to transfer their characters before the servers inevitably shut down..



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      Re: The End of EU Servers?

      On the Chinese and Taiwanese servers, from Wikipedia on Wizard101.

      It was announced on August 17, 2011, that KingsIsle Entertainment and Taomee Holdings Limited had an agreement to launch Wizard101 in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. Wizard101 Taiwan officially launched on April 27, 2012, with the others to follow.

      In 2014, Taomee no longer advertised Wizard101. In April 2015, Wizard101 Taiwan announced that it would shut down on May 25, 2015, but the date was rescheduled to October 15, 2015. Wizard101 China announced its shutdown date as November 1, 2015.
      Taiwan shut down October 15th, 2015, and China about three weeks later.
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      Re: The End of EU Servers?

      Quote Originally Posted by JaredSpellFrost View Post


      ...Gamigo is known to bleed games dry, so this could be part of their plan.
      From the very day I learned about MGI/Gamigo's purchase of my beloved Wizard101 this became my fear.



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      Re: The End of EU Servers?

      Quote Originally Posted by Kokyota View Post
      From the very day I learned about MGI/Gamigo's purchase of my beloved Wizard101 this became my fear.
      Do they do it on purpose? At one point this is gonna have to come back and bite them

      I don't like it when people call things impossible, because it usually isn't.
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      Re: The End of EU Servers?

      Quote Originally Posted by PlayerNEntered View Post
      Do they do it on purpose? At one point this is gonna have to come back and bite them
      LOL - of course it is done on purpose - it makes money for all the employees (those who survive) the officers, and the stockholders.



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      Quote Originally Posted by PlayerNEntered View Post
      Do they do it on purpose? At one point this is gonna have to come back and bite them
      Yeah, Gamigo definitely kills games on purpose. Think of them as a car scrapping business that breaks down vehicles into raw metal they can sell at a profit. I theorize that they'll set this game's death into hyperdrive after ensuring Player traffic picks up a bit, but either way Wizard101 won't last forever.



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      Re: The End of EU Servers?

      Quote Originally Posted by JaredSpellFrost View Post
      Yeah, Gamigo definitely kills games on purpose. Think of them as a car scrapping business that breaks down vehicles into raw metal they can sell at a profit. I theorize that they'll set this game's death into hyperdrive after ensuring Player traffic picks up a bit, but either way Wizard101 won't last forever.


      Goodbye to my comfort game then. I don't think a miracle is gonna happen, but it'd be nice

      I don't like it when people call things impossible, because it usually isn't.
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      Re: The End of EU Servers?

      Companies don't buy these sold off bits to let them go to waste. They improve on them - so all might not be lost. Better things could be to come.



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      Re: The End of EU Servers?

      Quote Originally Posted by Kokyota View Post
      Companies don't buy these sold off bits to let them go to waste. They improve on them - so all might not be lost. Better things could be to come.:yes:
      That's the miracle I'm hoping for, KI actually listening to us :D

      I don't like it when people call things impossible, because it usually isn't.
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      Re: The End of EU Servers?

      Let's be honest though: everything seems to have pointed to the EU servers being desolate for years. Then come the overhead costs of maintaining the separate servers and translating everything to Polish, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Greek, Turkish... that's a lot of work for seemingly little profit. It would not surprise me if MGI and KI cited this and the potential Gameforge conflict as a reason to shut the whole thing down.

      On the off-chance that it isn't permanently closed down, I would expect the EU servers to be put into maintenance mode very very soon.
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