Saturday, August 28, 2010

Acclaim is Gone...Again.

As a result of the Playdom acquisition made by Disney, Acclaim Games, a provider for free online games including a number of MMOs, has announced that as of August 26th, 2010, their games will no longer be available for play and the company is being shut down.


Acclaim Games was an online game provider based in Beverly Hills, California, which acquired the name for Acclaim for $100,000 in late 2004 following Acclaim Entertainment's bankruptcy. Since then, the company brought in a collection of Asian MMOs to America and Europe, including BOTS!!, The Chronicles of Spellborn, and 9Dragons.

The company was purchased by online game producer Playdom on May 18th, 2010, just a few months short of the Disney-Playdom purchase. Unfortunately, it appears that the Playdom acquisition did not include Acclaim Games, and as the website states:
We regret to inform you that all Acclaim games will no longer be in service effective August 26, 2010
Those who wish to claim their unused Acclaim coins may do so by emailing the company at its skeleton website. Specifically, users of 9Dragons who purchased anything within the last 30 days may be reimbursed for the items.


Some of Acclaim Game's games will live on: 9Dragons will be held by GamersFirst, Kogamu is available through Facebook, and RockFREE is still available, according to Gamasutra.

The original Acclaim was known for developing the Turok series, Exteme-G titles, and publishing such titles as the original two Burnouts up until 2004, in which it went bankrupt. There is no word on whether the other MMOs will be picked up by other companies.


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