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Irvine, Calif.– August 26, 2010 – GamersFirst, today’s most popular Free2Play online game destination, is announcing an alert to the current 9Dragons' player community. Earlier today, GamersFirst was notified that the current 9Dragons service will come to a halt this evening. With the halt, player accounts may be erased, until GamersFirst takes over 9Dragons in September.
Initially, the transition between Acclaim and GamersFirst was meant to be seamless, until GamersFirst received word this afternoon (also posted on Acclaim's 9Dragons forum) that the service will be shut off today for current players. As recently announced, Acclaim was acquired by Playdom which is to be acquired by Disney. While GamersFirst cannot comment on Acclaim’s internal strategy for abandoning 9Dragons players; GamersFirst intends to fulfill its promise to the 9Dragons community by transitioning all existing game accounts over to the new service, as it becomes available. With this news, however, the possibility of lost or compromised player accounts is likely.
GamersFirst urges all 9Dragons players to immediately:
- Take digital inventory of items and characters
- Create screenshots of all personal in-game inventory and characters
- Save and document in-game status
"We regret to have to post such unfortunate and urgent news to our new 9Dragons player community," says Joseph Rush, Director of Operations for GamersFirst. "Regrettably, we cannot control what the current publishers do, but can help the 9Dragons community make the transition and keep as much as their account information as possible. Our teams are working fanatically to make sure that current players are aware of the potential situation and can hopefully reclaim their characters, status and in-game items when GamersFirst is able to publish 9Dragons in September."
GamersFirst is offering a promotion for the 9Dragon players abandoned by Playdom in the case that services are shut off. 9Dragons registrants for GamersFirst accounts, who enter the code 9Dragons, will receive special items in Sword 2, GamersFirst's RPG/RTS hybrid MMO and War Rock: Clan Warfare, the hit FPS MMO; until they can resume playing 9Dragons in September. The promotion will be in effect as of August 27th, 2010.
9Dragons Players can go to the GamersFirst website http://www.gamersfirst.com/9Dragons , to find out more information on the forums. Players can also sign up on our Facebook fan site at http://www.facebook.com/gamersfirst to discuss what's happening and connect with other 9Dragons players.