Ryzom: Ryzom Bankruptcy - The Sequal

| 2 Oct 2007 17:19
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It only seemed like less than two weeks ago Ryzom communities celebrated it's 3rd Anniversary, only to be faced with yet another announcement of bankruptcy, in less than 10 months by the new owners GameForge.

Back when the the original developer of Ryzom, now defunct Nevrax France, announced it's bankruptcy and liquidation of assets, the European media took much interest in this news especially after a grassroot effort, titled The Free Ryzom Campaign, was launched through Ryzom.org site in order to buy the MMO.

In a surprising turn of events, the community donated close to 200k € but fell short of the asking price, which was paid by GameForge, a German based online gaming company, which pitched in following the big media coverage of these events.

The Free Ryzom Campaign, after seeing it's goal in rescuing Ryzom from shutdown fulfilled by GameForge, they kept the donations and evolved into the Virtual Citizenship Association (VCA) seeking new grounds by debating possible projects with the donated capital.

Now, with the renewed threat to shutdown the world of Atys, GameForge France stressed that the liquidation process is more serious this time with no plans for continuation following the three weeks ultimatum. Unlike the previous bankruptcy, if no entity will step forward to purchase Ryzom, the game will effectively shutdown permanently and all assets will be acquired by the government liquidators.

As dark as this might seem to all Ryzom fans, there is still hope of revival, namely VCA which might step in yet again to save Ryzom. VCA initiator and site admin Xavier Antoviaque stated in a post today that the group is already in negotiations and researching hosting options:

Yup, we have been following the issue, and are currently talking to the liquidator and our lawyers about the new liquidation. We need to have some things cleared out (lists of the assets being sold, in which conditions, etc.); if everything is in order, we'll probably make a new bid.

...Originally we planned to stick with Jolt until we could move the servers to a better place, but we'd have to move quicker this time. For two reasons: this is directly hosted on GF DE servers now, and this is an immediate liquidation, not a liquidation with continuation like the last time (which means all employees are laid of immediately and there is no legal guarantee that the service will stay alive until a new company buys it.

If VCA pulls through with Ryzom in its pocket, it will mark a gaming milestone for a community-driven grassroot effort saving it's own MMO. We'll keep you updated as this story develops, and for now check this video from the recent 3rd Anniversary celebration on Atys!

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Personally, I prefer to see Ryzom saved by any means rather than see it bite the virtual dust. Even if that means VCA taking over the operation.

I have much respect towards Ryzom and its community, and I hope Atys survives through this year and beyond.

Gaming communities have saved their game before, check out Sanctum a multiplayer CCG that was successfully purchased by an organization of the user base and has been maintained by them for some seven years now.

VCA isn't the saviour of Ryzom. Xavier is a disgruntled ex-Nevrax employee. He and other ex-employees make up VCA. If it ends up in their hands it will be nothing but a catastrophy. I loved Ryzom, but I'd rather see it end than to see Xavier and his little band get the game.

wow, this is really inspirational! never have i seen any gaming community go to such steps to save their dieing passion. i've played the game for a short while before my studies took away my gaming life, and have enjoyed it very much in that time. it gladdens my heart to see how hard the people are fighting to keep this game running.

Ryzom Bankruptcy - The Sequal

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It only seemed like less than two weeks ago Ryzom communities celebrated it's 3rd Anniversary, only to be faced with yet another announcement of bankruptcy, in less than 10 months by the new owners GameForge.

Back when the the original developer of Ryzom, now defunct Nevrax France, announced it's bankruptcy and liquidation of assets, the European media took much interest in this news especially after a grassroot effort, titled The Free Ryzom Campaign, was launched through Ryzom.org site in order to buy the MMO.

In a surprising turn of events, the community donated close to 200k € but fell short of the asking price, which was paid by GameForge, a German based online gaming company, which pitched in following the big media coverage of these events.

The Free Ryzom Campaign, after seeing it's goal in rescuing Ryzom from shutdown fulfilled by GameForge, they kept the donations and evolved into the Virtual Citizenship Association (VCA) seeking new grounds by debating possible projects with the donated capital.

Now, with the renewed threat to shutdown the world of Atys, GameForge France stressed that the liquidation process is more serious this time with no plans for continuation following the three weeks ultimatum. Unlike the previous bankruptcy, if no entity will step forward to purchase Ryzom, the game will effectively shutdown permanently and all assets will be acquired by the government liquidators.

As dark as this might seem to all Ryzom fans, there is still hope of revival, namely VCA which might step in yet again to save Ryzom. VCA initiator and site admin Xavier Antoviaque stated in a post today that the group is already in negotiations and researching hosting options:

Yup, we have been following the issue, and are currently talking to the liquidator and our lawyers about the new liquidation. We need to have some things cleared out (lists of the assets being sold, in which conditions, etc.); if everything is in order, we'll probably make a new bid.

...Originally we planned to stick with Jolt until we could move the servers to a better place, but we'd have to move quicker this time. For two reasons: this is directly hosted on GF DE servers now, and this is an immediate liquidation, not a liquidation with continuation like the last time (which means all employees are laid of immediately and there is no legal guarantee that the service will stay alive until a new company buys it.

If VCA pulls through with Ryzom in its pocket, it will mark a gaming milestone for a community-driven grassroot effort saving it's own MMO. We'll keep you updated as this story develops, and for now check this video from the recent 3rd Anniversary celebration on Atys!

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