Earth Eternal Perhaps Not Eternal
In an extremely saddening message Matt Mihaly, CEO of Sparkplay Media, the creators of Earth Eternal has announced that his company has run out of money and that he had to lay off all but one of his employees.
“There’s no way to disguise what I’m about to tell you as good news, so I won’t try. Unfortunately, Sparkplay has hit hard times and is not going to survive. I had to lay off all of our staff except for two people (one of which is me) on Friday, and it’s likely that by this time next week neither of us will be with Sparkplay any more either. The simple fact is that we’ve run out of money.”
For Earth Eternal players this means they have roughly another week to enjoy the game.
“What does this mean for Earth Eternal? The answer is that it’s hard to tell. We’re putting it up for auction today and are reasonably confident that someone will buy it and keep it running. There is, however, the chance that nobody will want to take on the cost of running it. If that happens, Earth Eternal will go down when our internet and hosting provider pulls the plug for non-payment.”
It will hardly matter but some “good” news is that everyone can have as many items from the premium shop as they want:
“I’ve turned off the ability to buy credits now or earn them via offers/surveys. I’m also going to set all non-permanent items in the credit shop to cost nothing so that everyone can have some fun,”
Matt is understandably sad but manages to stay extremely classy, and takes all the responsibility for the ordeal:
“I’m sorry. I’ve failed you despite my best efforts. I’ve never worked harder in my life, but it wasn’t enough. Things that we planned on happening didn’t, and things we didn’t plan on happening did. I don’t want to go into a lot of detail and I don’t want to try to shift responsibility to anyone but myself. There’s really nothing I can say other than I am very very sorry to have let you down.”
The OnRPG team wishes the whole Sparkplay team all the best!
Source: Official Earth Eternal Forums