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CyberAgent to Close English Version of its Ameba Pigg Virtual World

CyberAgent to Close English Version of its Ameba Pigg Virtual World

| November 5, 2012

 

VS Media points out a CyberAgent (TYO:4751) announcement stating that the company will be closing the English version of its Ameba Pigg virtual world, Pico World. A brief note on its blog last week explained that the service, which was initially released in English in 2010, will be closed on December 17.

There isn’t much of an explanation for the closure, merely a statement that the company ‘cannot continue to provide updates due to limited developer resources.’ Pico World is also available on Facebook, so ostensibly this announcement would apply to that service as well, although CyberAgent didn’t mention it specifically.

So does anyone care that Pico World is closing? Apparently there are a few, as some users are petitioning CyberAgent America to save Pico World.

To my knowledge, CyberAgent hasn’t commented on its related efforts in China, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Xiaorenguo on Kaixin001 and Sina Weibo be soon shuttered as well. We have inquired with CyberAgent to find out more. Update: These services have been shut down as well.

Disregarding its overseas adventures, CyberAgent’s overall Ameba efforts for mobile are currently transitioning from feature phones to smartphones. The company said in its recent financial report that it not doing additional development for Ameba on PCs, and feature phone development has practically stopped.

The company plans to strengthen Ameba for smartphones, with the social community service feeding users into its social games. So I suppose its possible that the company could try again with Ameba Pigg in English in the smartphones space once it establishes firm footing in that area. [Source: CyberAgent via VS Media]

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  1. indah

    may I ask? What is actually the meaning of “limited developer resources”

    ameba pico developer is the same with ameba pigg right?

    i play ameba pigg and when i found out ameba pico i’m happy because i can buy AG and simply understand the language without google translate.

    are the developer insolvent/ bankrupt or something?
    or because too much cheater?

    i spend hundreds dollars to play and i don’t want my pico character disappear. and so many pico user felt like me too. i wonder where i can directly talk to the developer people. i can asked my japanese friend to translate it to japanese if the developer is japanese.

    i’m not a kid, i’m 26 and i can’t accept the 1 side decision from developer. it’s really bad, after they take our money, they close the connection. but the more important is my pico character is like my son, and i have a lot of friend in pico and i will lost them in instant. simply told, they die because of pico world’s doomsday.

    • The reason pico shut down was because of some idiot teenage girl. Here’s the story;

      The girl met some guy on pico then decided to meet up with him in real life. The guy wasn’t who he said he was (of course) and almost raped her. So her mom decided to sue the company instead of punishing her idiot daughter. The mother won and got millions and pico went bankrupt.

  2. Andy

    Interesting

  3. Cheezepuff

    I am a user of Ameba Pico and I’m really pissed off. All they gave us is a very sketchy notice regarding the closing of the Pico World (and how we should spend all of our remaining money.) It’s not very fair for us. I mean, if Ameba Pico is closing, why is PIgg still up and running?

    • The reason pico shut down was because of some idiot teenage girl. Here’s the story;

      The girl met some guy on pico then decided to meet up with him in real life. The guy wasn’t who he said he was (of course) and almost raped her. So her mom decided to sue the company instead of punishing her idiot daughter. The mother won and got millions and pico went bankrupt.

  4. Annoyed User

    I find it strange how they had a “super special ag sale” just a few weeks before, out of no where deciding to shut down.

    “Super Special AG sale running only for three days until 10/1 (3:00 GMT)!! Don’t miss this luckiest chance to purchase AmebaGold!More you purchase, more extra you get! ” (copied and pasted from their facebook site)

    If this is how they treat their loyal game players and AG buyers then good riddens.

    • THEY PROBABLY WERE TRYING TO EARN MONEY BACK FAST! but sadly they didn’t earn enough money so they went bankrupt and had to close.

  5. Mike

    Ameba pico developer is not the same with Ameba pigg developer.

    Ameba pico is from cyberagent America, they’re placed in United states, is independent of
    Ameba pigg cyberagent Japan placed obviosuly in japan.

    Of course both are from cyberagent.. but the resources of each one are completely different,
    and placed in different countries.

  6. Angel suarez

    bullshit

    • The reason pico shut down was because of some idiot teenage girl. Here’s the story;

      The girl met some guy on pico then decided to meet up with him in real life. The guy wasn’t who he said he was (of course) and almost raped her. So her mom decided to sue the company instead of punishing her idiot daughter. The mother won and got millions and pico went bankrupt.

  7. So bad, i use to play ameba pico so much but i was busy with homework. If I can just buy ameba pico, i buy the company for my own LOL

  8. Meeku-p

    Pigg is not closed because pico= Cyberagent US Pigg= Cyberagent JP, plus pigg has much more popularity than pico.

  9. @Meeku-p, I think I was pretty clear about the distinction. And yes, of course, the original Pigg is not closed.

  10. This isn’t fare at all we had friends that we love And idc about the updates Though we just need it back For fun There is people who put hundreds of money on that game i never Even think that this Game well close i play it 2 years I didn’t even know or imagined This game will close We would help there is one million ppl played ppl And 99% cried Because We met people that we loved and care. and we understanded the langueg Reopen ameba pico Fan page and see Still They r commenting. to return it See The Links -save ameba pico- We made We care it was part of us We had laughs we learned soo many things Didn’t i and some people give you pics Saying save pico I Buggie did that But ofc you don’t care…. you just deleted it Well just thank you….-_-

    • The reason pico shut down was because of some idiot teenage girl. Here’s the story;

      The girl met some guy on pico then decided to meet up with him in real life. The guy wasn’t who he said he was (of course) and almost raped her. So her mom decided to sue the company instead of punishing her idiot daughter. The mother won and got millions and pico went bankrupt.

  11. We all loved ameba pico but maybe this wasn’t a game that was supposed to last for long. Maybe they just wanted to get more fans that would actually be interested and also the well known ameba pico was in English, so obviously it was easily understood by millions of people. So then, one day, pico closed and all of them knew there’s an old version of ameba pico just in japanese, so about 70% if not more, rushed to the old game known as ameba pigg and started from nothing. What good does this do to us? well nothing, however this does do good to ameba pigg. The amount of people playing ameba pigg increases dramatically. Finally, i think ameba pico was created to produce more fans and make the game known wider, and they probably knew it from the start, that ameba pico will be closed soon as they reach the limit of people playing.

    • The reason pico shut down was because of some idiot teenage girl. Here’s the story;

      The girl met some guy on pico then decided to meet up with him in real life. The guy wasn’t who he said he was (of course) and almost raped her. So her mom decided to sue the company instead of punishing her idiot daughter. The mother won and got millions and pico went bankrupt.

  12. love-pico

    Sorry, but the perceptions of Pico was very famous for the exercise was famous
    The Arabs, not how you say it very famous Lama perceptions excuse Fa great to me, and I do not like pigg
    And also I can not ship Gold Coins Is this good by you?
    Was still there for lovers of Pico and still defend
    All that cost them, whether in cash or stand still until you return
    Us. . . .. . .
    ~ [Back beloved Pico Us] ~
    <3

  13. Fuck Cyberagnet

    They created Ameba Pico to get some attention and when they got what they want, they don’t give a shit about how we feel, the give a shit about the money they have. Fullfuckingstop.

    • The reason pico shut down was because of some idiot teenage girl. Here’s the story;

      The girl met some guy on pico then decided to meet up with him in real life. The guy wasn’t who he said he was (of course) and almost raped her. So her mom decided to sue the company instead of punishing her idiot daughter. The mother won and got millions and pico went bankrupt.

  14. Aron Calma

    We want pico to get back you know??

  15. Project Unknown

    i cant buy anything in ameba pigg because i dont have any ameba gold

  16. Elizabeth

    So basically, Pico World ripped us off? They took all our money. I really miss the game, but I am also pissed that I won’t be getting a refund. I also heard that Pico World shut down due to this girl getting raped, because this man said they should meet up over Pico World. So, her parents sued Pico World, which means they lost tons of money.

    • she ALMOST got raped -.- damn parents why didnt you punish your daughter? it was her own fault honestly.

  17. Jhenaro

    I love pico~but sadly it is now closed and i just dont want to play ameba pigg Because your keep earning and earning cg and theres alot of hackers and other stuff my 1st acc in pigg got hacked and my 2nd acc to so i decide to quit pigg because those things there are so expensive gm gachas are so only like 4 gm gachas and theyre so expensive it cost 100 gm = 1000 gm in pico
    and its hard to earn gm in pigg cause .. 1000 gm (in pigg) = to 10,000 gm in pico and its so expensive and 89% things on there are CG and in gummies 20% like in pico 56% all ag stuff 51% all gm items so i want to pico is back thank you >~

  18. PAUL

    plss back my pico . i spend my money for PICO >. < account

    • Gayle

      yeah! my life is perfect with that game ! it makes me feel better if i get sad.. and now its gone I AM SO BORED!!! BOREDOM !! i totally wisA cyber agent would bring that pico again so my life will be better

      • itsday

        AGREE!

  19. Something

    The reason pico shut down was because of some idiot teenage girl. Here’s the story;

    The girl met some guy on pico then decided to meet up with him in real life. The guy wasn’t who he said he was (of course) and almost raped her. So her mom decided to sue the company instead of punishing her idiot daughter. The mother won and got millions and pico went bankrupt.

    -________- idiot mother and daughter.

    • yeahh i really hope that the idiot girl learn her lesson

    • hate her.

  20. Paiden

    I probably spent thousands of dollars on this game. Sounds crazy, maybe even ridiculous, right? I spent so much of my time playing this game.
    I honestly believed when they said they were closing the game, that is was some type of JOKE.
    In conclusion, I lost all the time and money I put into my pico.
    It’s a shame they used us for our money.
    The statement about a girl being raped has to be FALSE. Pico states it rules and regulations one must accept before playing, and Pico couldn’t have gotten in trouble for someone’s mistake.
    The again, soon before pico said they were closing the had something that said, “Remember to never give out personal information!”
    I just wish they would have given us an honest explanation on why the were closing.

  21. why? please let pico come back many people like ameba pico than pigg did u know that pico have a lot of wonderful things did to our life? make friends learnings and hopes and we enjoyed it. for me i dont care about the wasting money in pico i want to back our life in pico that we enjoyed .. full of happiness .. and learnings.. did u know that ameba pico changed our life to be good?? to be happy? and u didnt know that because you dont know how that feeling that ameba pico changes our lives? because they want to make people happy.. and enjoyed their life other people said pico make bad things in people lifes like not studying but its not pico’s intention is their intention .. and we really want back the pico to continue our happiness and enjoyed it.. that what i was feeling

    -Tricia

    • they had to close quickly because they were bankrupt because a girl’s family sued ameba pico for her own actions. she planned to meet with some guy she met online who turned out to be a pervert but she got out safely.

  22. for me ameba pico is the most wonderful game that i played.. because no violence just they want to make people happy? :) they teach us how to be friendly , creative , and to know how to budget they teach us how to know people’s life .. they teaches us how to communicate to our friends.. not to be shy.. pico teaches us studying too to know others feelings.. and to know how great people are..
    thanks pico for learing anything i just want ameba pico to be back and to learn more things.. :)

    -Tricia

  23. ummm if you really dont want to put pico again could you pls put a language setting on ameba pigg this really rocks but i cant understand their language

    PLEASE

    ~THANKS

  24. lmfao.

    wow. its been a year and i feel like i still cant live my life w/o pico. lmfao maybe im exaggerating but many of us do really want to play again. i mean. look at us still commenting on this and its already 13/14 when it closed in 12. i just wish they gave us a little more time so we could add ppl on fb, twitter, etc. because we DO make friends on this website. but nah, they really arent considerate of others’ feelings and connections to this game

    • PRÈZ

      I loved that game, Every month on the first day I’d get my casino card up to Black Rank from blackjack, Always had atleast 400 AG on me, been playing the game since 2010, still dream about playing Ameba Pico :/

    • they had to close quickly because they were bankrupt because a girl’s family sued ameba pico for her own actions. she planned to meet with some guy she met online who turned out to be a pervert but she got out safely.

  25. anonymous

    PLEASE GET BACK PICO!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHy why…!!! :’(

  26. go to president barack obama and explain WHY

  27. Hey guys! It’s not amebas picos fault that they had to shut down! There was this girl who met this guy online and turned out he was a pervert and they planned to meet up but the girl was able to get away. HER PARENTS SUED AMEBA PICO (EVEN THOUGH IT WAS HER OWN FAULT FOR GIVING OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION -_-). The parents won and got a lot of money so Ameba Pico was bankrupt and could not have the website anymore. Don’t say it’s ameba pico’s fault! Don’t blame them! It was that one girl’s fault -3-. We all miss ameba pico. I hope it comes back one day.

    REMEMBER! IT WAS NOT AMEBA PICOS FAULT! IT WAS THAT GIRLS.

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