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Reading this article, it has emerged me a doubt, Is Big Farm next to be closed.


Goodgame Studios redundancies could hit 200 people



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  • artful (US1)artful (US1) US1 Posts: 6,451
    Uh, oh.  This would really be awful.

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    Hate coops but missing out on the benefits?  Check out "Hearts of Gold," the non-coop coop -- we leave you alone to farm your way.  No donations or group participation required.

    https://community.goodgamestudios.com/bigfarm/en/discussion/158239/just-want-to-be-left-alone-to-farm-in-peace-us1-hearts-of-gold

  • Michiru (GB1)Michiru (GB1) GB1 Posts: 1,239
    "Ultimately, that means Goodgame Studios will cease production of casual and PC client games, focusing instead on its "very profitable" PC and mobile strategy products. "

    I think they mean the opposite to what you think. By "profitable strategy games" they are talking about bigfarm and that medieval Empire one, which will become their sole focus from now on. They will be scrapping those small minor games that GGS is running too, like they did that cafe game and other small games (have a look on ggs support main site, they got quite a number of them)

  • artful (US1)artful (US1) US1 Posts: 6,451
    @Michiru (GB1), I hope you're right.  Fingers crossed!
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    Hate coops but missing out on the benefits?  Check out "Hearts of Gold," the non-coop coop -- we leave you alone to farm your way.  No donations or group participation required.

    https://community.goodgamestudios.com/bigfarm/en/discussion/158239/just-want-to-be-left-alone-to-farm-in-peace-us1-hearts-of-gold

  • Thanks Latten, for your answer.
    Goodfarmer @ his 1
  • Michiru (GB1)Michiru (GB1) GB1 Posts: 1,239
    Cheers @Latten for clearing this up, much appreciated!

  • artful (US1)artful (US1) US1 Posts: 6,451
    Commiserations to all who will be let go.

     I do hope the forum will continue in some form or another -- it's our go-to source for advice and help.

    Thank you, CM Latten, for your feedback.
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    Hate coops but missing out on the benefits?  Check out "Hearts of Gold," the non-coop coop -- we leave you alone to farm your way.  No donations or group participation required.

    https://community.goodgamestudios.com/bigfarm/en/discussion/158239/just-want-to-be-left-alone-to-farm-in-peace-us1-hearts-of-gold

  • Lesley52 (GB1)Lesley52 (GB1) Posts: 1,590
    I am doing a test farm and I think GGS are making a mistake asking players to buy gold. A lot of people try out games to see if they like it and I think a request to buy gold put people off , they think if they want me to spend money now, what will they want further along  ,so they leave before they get to involved . GGS not the only game providers who do this.  

  • Salgara (HIS1)Salgara (HIS1) HIS1 Posts: 43
    Hace tiempo no escribo en el foro, y sinceramente me apena tener que retomar la costumbre por esta causa.
    Hablar de "reestructuración" menospreciando el sacrificio de todos los que han llevado adelante este juego es lamentable.
    Siempre he admirado la labor que hacen, porque en cada arbolito, en cada piedra o animalito, uno puede leer claramente el amor y dedicación que vive en cada uno de los desarrolladores del juego, y en cada mensaje el espíritu colaborativo que caracteriza a cada uno de los moderadores.
    En estos tiempos en los que los intereses y los poderes económicos invaden todos los rincones de nuestra vida cotidiana, la granjita ha sido un remanso para quienes disfrutamos de la buena compañía, del tiempo invertido como divertimento, de la competencia como juego y no como batalla. 
    Espero, sinceramente, que los dueños de esta empresa revean sus decisiones, que han provocado el desempleo de muchos que nos hacen felices día a día, con su inocencia de niños y su talento de grandes.
    También espero que esta despedida se transforme en reencuentro, y que podamos disfrutar como cada día de tus mensajes, de los dibujos de bigfarm, de las pequeñas tareas que nos alegran y nos permiten olvidar las preocupaciones del estudio, del trabajo o del entorno.
    ¡¡¡Vamos, BigFarm, no tires por la borda el espíritu de comunidad que supieron construir cada uno de tus miembros!!!
    Salgara @ his 1
  • Just the hint that GGS is streamlining is disturbing.  Doesn't make me feel very confident about investing time and money in the games.  Especially if all that's offered is a deal when buying 180,000 gold. 
    Wendytsj626Girl @ us 1
  • artful (US1)artful (US1) US1 Posts: 6,451
    edited 28.08.2016
    @Salgara, Please forgive me for taking the liberty of translating.  (It was an online service, so I can imagine it's full of errors.)  Despite the drawbacks of this translation, I hope it captured the spirit of your words, which I am posting here for those of us who don't speak Spanish:

    While I not write in the forum, and sincerely grieves me having to resume the custom for this cause. Talk of "restructuring" despising the sacrifice of all those who have carried out this game is regrettable. I have always admired the work they do, because every tree, every stone or animal, one can clearly read the love and dedication that lives in each of the developers of the game, and each message collaborative spirit that characterizes each moderators. In these times when the interests and economic powers invade every corner of our daily life, the little farm has been a haven for those who enjoy good company, time spent as entertainment, competition as a game and not as battle . I sincerely hope that the owners of this company review their decisions, which have caused unemployment of many that make us happy every day, with his innocence of children and their great talent. I also hope that this farewell turns into reunion, and we can enjoy as each day of your messages, drawings bigfarm, small tasks that cheered us and allow us to forget the worries of the study, work or environment. 'Come on, BigFarm, do not throw overboard the spirit of community that knew how to build each of your members !!!


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    Hate coops but missing out on the benefits?  Check out "Hearts of Gold," the non-coop coop -- we leave you alone to farm your way.  No donations or group participation required.

    https://community.goodgamestudios.com/bigfarm/en/discussion/158239/just-want-to-be-left-alone-to-farm-in-peace-us1-hearts-of-gold

  • I am doing a test farm and I think GGS are making a mistake asking players to buy gold. A lot of people try out games to see if they like it and I think a request to buy gold put people off , they think if they want me to spend money now, what will they want further along  ,so they leave before they get to involved . GGS not the only game providers who do this.  
    Its just greed, GGS and others will give us the opotunity to buy/use gold even on the test server, any complaints they'll say players were warned. We know a lot of players have to be near the top, no matter what. I do not trust GGS at all, ok they are here to make money, but good ideas, good game play is ruined by their greed. Take the event drop items, i had 5 sunflowers ready to harvest, only one field gave me the tracks, i planted corn, one field out of 5 ! I cannot stay logged on to do the alfafafa seeds non stop, at the rate of one out of five fields paying out, i doubt i'll get far. Obviously the fireworks then look great with a restriction on drop items, so the game play ruined through their desire to get us to use gold.
  • Well, amazingly I'm actually logged into the forums.  Hasn't worked for weeks.  MULTIPLE support requests only resulted in ONE finally saying it will be escalated.    That was weeks ago and so far no one has bothered to answer.    The problem is, and has been,  
    forget the test server.   Stupid thing won't "recognize" my email.  I can't even see what that's all about.
    New stuff in the game NEVER comes with enough instruction or explanation so the only way to figure stuff out is asking in the forums.  But I couldn't even do that.
     Again the forums seem to be working now but normally every time I try to post I am prompted to sign in.  THen it tells me my email is invalid.   

    Today though, from the game I got in fine.  (As it used to be and should have stayed that way.)


    As for this game?   I haven't played in weeks.  Don't miss it either.   Actually playing galaxy again which GG stopped supporting.    However, there are a lot of serious players on there.  And since no one cares about multiple accounts anymore, it got fun again.    I really wish since you (gg) keeps asking for money on a game they won't support and still has "coming soon" all over the place, that they could have at least left it without being such a dead end.    Looping tasks like on bigfarm would have been nice.    Clearing alliance funds at the very least annually would have made it more challenging.    So most players have started new bases.  I personally have put real money on several bases.  WHY won't they work on this one anymore?  

    But the only real good thing, no one keeps screwing with stuff that works. We all know what we have and it won't suddenly be messed with.  When I couldn't get into the forums to figure out what new thing is in big farm, I just plain lost interest.

    STILL WAITING for SOMEONE TO BOTHER ANSWERING SUPPORT TICKETS!!!!!!!! 

    Hard to feel sorry for job losses.   Instead of growing the business, this is a sure fire way to LOSE the very gamers you want to attract.
  • It's as if UserDigger is playing on my computer. I will not play much longer. giving it another week. tester server does not recognize my e-mail or my password you said I could request new password. That didn't work either. I had to start another farm, twice! Lost my big one. so I am done. At least Café worked. Very upset about the whole thing
  • Request for help to retrieve my lost farm was futile,
  • @UserDIgger (US1)  &  @meeeee2dalt (US1)

    I am not sure what you mean when you say that the Test server does not recognise your email & password. After you have selected the Test server next to your flag, at the bottom of the screen, you then need to fill in the large box in the middle of the screen, this creates a new account on the test server (which is a brand new level 1 farm). After that, whenever you login again, you would then use the small login box on the right. If you are using that small login right from the start, that would explain why your ID is not recognised, as the account has not yet been created.

    To get back to your regular farm, you logout of the test server farm, change the server back from Test server to US1 and use the login on the right to log back into your farm as usual.

    meeeee2dalt if you send me a PM with details of the farm that you have lost track of (username & server) I will see what I can find out for you.


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  • CM Latten said:
    Heya,

    figures the news would arrive rather sooner than later :( While a lot of departments have been and will be affected by these changes, I can assure you that our Big Farm studio will continue to work hard on making BF even better and better!

    In fact, BF is one of our most successful and well-recieved games at the moment, and some big updates are planned for the future, so you can rest assured Big Farm won't be closed anytime soon :)

    What might happen though are some changes to CM, and consequentually the forums - most likely the smaller ones. We will have lots of talks regarding this come next week, and I will of course update you on everything.

    While your post is saying the Big Farm is not shutting down, but the actions that have been taken with regards having to spend 180,000 gold on any big deal is making it clear you no longer want most of us players who play on a limited budget. I am wondering what is going to happen to this game when we stop buying gold. In championships I have been earning between 4 to 6 million championship points, but that takes a bit of gold for a person who works full time and only has a few hours at night to play. Where you have deals priced at means I will not be buying any more gold, I would say you have priced this game out of at least half of your current players if not more. I can become just a farm and not compete in missions any more, but can Big Farm the game survive if everyone does the same. So that leads me to think that they do want to do away with the Big Farm but they also want to get as much money out of the players that they can before they do it.
  • makeitdo (US1) said:
    ....the actions that have been taken with regards having to spend 180,000 gold on any big deal is making it clear you no longer want most of us players who play on a limited budget.
    @makeitdo (US1)  I don`t think it makes that clear at all. BF has been running for over 3 years, so obviously at this stage there are now some players who are very high level, with a LOT of spare cash & (until some recent additions to the game) very little to do aside from wait for the architect once a month, so I think a lot of the more recent changes have been aimed at giving those players something to do & for the rest of us something to work towards. We see a lot of complaining about how things are too expensive, both for cash & gold, but sometimes its just that it is not part of the game aimed at that persons current level.

    Obviously selling decos for ridiculous amounts of gold, is nothing to do with level, but more to do with who wants to have something that very few people will have & can afford to throw that much money at it, that is no different from real life, there will always be the haves & the have-nots, whether it is a designer bag that is 100x the price of an almost identical well made bag, but has a designer label on it or a deco in a game that serves no function other than to say look what I can afford to have on my farm.

    It doesn`t price players out of the game, because it is not necessary to have those items in order to play the game. I cannot afford them, but they don`t particularly bother me, they often make me laugh. Occasionally there will be one that I would really like to have, but I am not going to stop playing the game just because I can`t have it. At the end of the day, are you REALLY missing out on any important part of the game, by not having those high price items?
    RunsWivScissors, I think you have missed a point. I have never bought the high priced decos, they have always been a total waste of money. Nor can I afford to buy seaweed boosters out right, but I could afford to get the seaweed when the gold being bought was at 30,000 or 40,000 to get the reward. Those booster made it possible for me to help my co-op during a Championship. Also the price was low enough during the BOGO sales for me to get gold that would also help my co-op. This is now not the case. I have been a apart of games that the developers milked for money before they shut down and this has all of the earmarks of the beginning of the end. Think of a pyramid if all they want to do is please the very top they are going to loose the base and the whole game will crumble. 
  • I am doing a test farm and I think GGS are making a mistake asking players to buy gold. A lot of people try out games to see if they like it and I think a request to buy gold put people off , they think if they want me to spend money now, what will they want further along  ,so they leave before they get to involved . GGS not the only game providers who do this.  
    Lesley52, They have never wanted us to buy gold on the test farm, they have told us that everything could be wiped out when they reset the server, what they have done is send us e-mails with boosters, rewards and GOLD to use on the test server. 
  • Data King (US1)Data King (US1) US1 Posts: 7,877
    Love both @RunsWivScissors (GB1) & @amandaps (INT1) comments!
    Well put! I have been at this game now for over 3 years, very rarely spend real money on buying gold, simply can not afford it. So I try to be careful and earn it through the game. Now I may not have the most spectacular farms but I have managed to build them up to what they are now from just what I've earned in the game. 

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  • Lesley52 (GB1)Lesley52 (GB1) Posts: 1,590
    @makeitdo (US1)  These is a buy gold task in the task bar, OK its not compolsury to do this, that is down to choice and if a person likes something they may spend money on it if they want to, I choose to spend in 2014, would I choose now? probably not. Not against game makers wanting money, just feel should not be  a task 

  • bdreish (GB1)bdreish (GB1) GB1 Posts: 1,341
    I recently had the 180,000 gold purchase offer ON MY TEST FARM. I am assuming that it appeared in error.
    bdreish @ en 1
  • Jiesta (NL1)Jiesta (NL1) Posts: 6,557
    Love both @RunsWivScissors (GB1) & @amandaps (INT1) comments!
    Well put! I have been at this game now for over 3 years, very rarely spend real money on buying gold, simply can not afford it. So I try to be careful and earn it through the game. Now I may not have the most spectacular farms but I have managed to build them up to what they are now from just what I've earned in the game. 
    @RunsWivScissors (GB1), @amandaps (INT1), @Data King (US1)

    Hear, hear - totally agree with each and everyone of you! Saying my piece would only mean repeating your words :p 


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  • FarmerKimber (US1)FarmerKimber (US1) Posts: 74
    edited 03.09.2016
    This thread is a ploy of big farm to have its back patted and a selfish attempt to rally the ardent players of this game into speaking for Big Farm.  They know they are profitable and they are not shutting down.  ROFL...  As IF!!!  

    The other games which are shutting down, i have visited and they are marketing big farm as an alternative simulation game.  Not Empire or the other ones.
  • amandaps (INT1)amandaps (INT1) INT1 Posts: 293
    Yikes !  they're getting rid of more than a 100 employees just to rally us into speaking for them ??

    But ...but ... that's diabolical !  




  • FarmerKimber (US1)FarmerKimber (US1) Posts: 74
    edited 03.09.2016
    LOL.. No I meant that it has the added effect lol.  This game will not close is all....  and yes it is diabolical!

    I also know that many employees are part time programmers and not full time.  The part time employees who GGS deems worthy will get full time positions and that is just how business works.

    Most of us play this game for pleasure, but on the other end it is a business.  All we can hope for is that they will be ethical as a business.

    After all we all separate business from pleasure, so we must inherently see a disconnect between the servers and the players.

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