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Playdom Terminating Almost All of Green Patch's Games

Playdom Terminating Almost All of Green Patch's Games

May 3, 2010 | By Eric Caoili

May 3, 2010 | By Eric Caoili
More: Console/PC

Less than six months after its acquisition of the studio, Playdom (Mobsters, Sorority Life) has announced that it will close almost all of social game developer Green Patch's currently running titles, including (Lil) Green Patch, next month due to a lack of resources to support the releases.

The only title Green Patch will continue to keep open is (Lil) Farm Life, which the developer says will receive "much more attention." Its other releases such as (Lil) Style Pop, (Lil) Blue Cove, (Lil) Eco Racer, and gardening simulator (Lil) Green Patch, will no longer be available on Facebook as of June 10th.

Though (Lil) Farm Life has been losing players in recent weeks, the game remains Green Patch's most popular release with around 3.2 million monthly active players, according to figures from AppData. (Lil) Green Patch was also once the top-ranked game on Facebook a couple years ago but now claims only about 364,000 players.

Green Patch was one of the first studios Playdom picked up after raising $43 million in a Series A round of funding last November. The Mobsters developer has since purchased and invested in at least five other studios: Merscom (The Crazies), Trippert Labs (Fighter Jets), Offbeat Creations (Super Farkle), Three Melons (Bola!), and Argentinian firm MetroGames (Music Challenge).

"The main reason to discontinue these games, including Lil Green Patch, is that we no longer have the resources to support Lil Green Patch in the way that makes sense for us and for our players," says a company representative. "Our different studios are working on both existing and new games, and at this point, we are not able to support the Green Patch games to the degree that we expect of ourselves."

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