In-Depth: The Fragile Existence Of Online Worlds

[Gamasutra’s new editor-at-large Chris Morris examines the curiously abrupt end of Acclaim’s 9Dragons, which stranded 1.5 million U.S. players — when a game struggles in the high-risk MMO market, the players end up losing out, too.]

Nobody saw the end coming for 9Dragons – especially the players.

A post in the game’s Acclaim-operated forums, which went up just hours before the U.S. servers shut down, was the only official notification.

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