PlayFirst abandons PC/Mac market for greener mobile pastures

PlayFirst abandons PC/Mac market for greener mobile pastures

Summary: PlayFirst calls it quits on PC and Mac, doubling down on iOS and Android instead. Flo fans will just have to go buy a tablet to get their daily dash on.

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TOPICS: Apps, Android, iOS, Mobility
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PlayFirst Diner Dash

Well, it's official: mobile games really are taking over the world. PlayFirst, one of the industry's best known casual gaming brands, has announced that as of next month they are abandoning the PC and Mac markets to focus solely on iOS and Android.

PlayFirst games include Diner Dash, Wedding Dash, Hotel Dash, Doggie Dash, Parking Dash, Garden Dash, and even SpongeBob SquarePants Diner Dash.  They also published Avenue Flo, Chocolatier, NightShift Legacy, Spellagories, Trijinx, and more. In all, over 2400 PC/Mac games are being discontinued.

If you have purchased a PC/Mac game from them over the past few years, you are encouraged to go to their web site and download a copy of your software and digital unlock keys now. Otherwise you might not be able to continue playing the games you have already paid for.

Here's the mail they sent out to customers today:

Dear PlayFirst Fans,

We have a special announcement to share with you today. After an amazing 6 years of developing PC and Mac-based computer games, we have made the decision to discontinue the production and support for these titles. Although you will not be able to purchase any of our PC/Mac titles from the PlayFirst website, third party retailers will continue to sell our games. We will be releasing a list of official retailers shortly.

On Monday the 12th of November, we will be launching a brand new website. In order to avoid losing your digitally purchased games, we encourage all of our players to download and store a copy of their unlock keys and game clients somewhere safe. To do this:

The PlayFirst customer support team will continue to answer your PC/Mac questions until November 11th. If you have questions regarding any of our PC/Mac games or encounter an error after this date, please check the PlayFirst Knowledge Base for information on how to fix them.

Any additional questions regarding your products should now be sent to the company from which you bought the game. If you have any questions regarding the transition and/or how to access your games, feel free to consult the dedicated knowledge base article. For any matters not covered, our customer support team can assist.

While it was a hard decision to discontinue production and support for PC/Mac games, we feel it is for the best. We have established a firm position as one of the leading producers for iOS mobile applications and are currently working on implementing our games into the Android marketplace.

We cannot possibly express how much we appreciate the support from our fans over the past 6 years, particularly the PC/Mac community. We understand this may be a hard transition for some but we promise our new games will be bigger and better than ever!

-- The PlayFirst Team

In addition to PC, Mac, and mobile games, PlayFirst has a catalog of over 1000 free online games on their web site. As of yet, the company has not announced any plans to curtail that list.

Is this another sign of the "Post-PC era" we keep hearing about? Let us know what you think in the comments.

 

Topics: Apps, Android, iOS, Mobility

Ed Burnette

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Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

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  • PlayFirst abandons PC/Mac market for greener mobile pastures

    Give it your best shot Boys/Girls.....
    RickLively
  • so Windows is out. Android is in

    don't look well for the Win ReTard platform.
    theo_durcan
    • Ever heard of Claytons?

      In the 70's and 80"s in Aussie the advertised "Claytons" "the drink you have when you're not having a drink" it was a non-alcoholic drink aimed at drinkers. That's what Playfirst games are, you lot have been conned, I started playing games on the TRS-80 and slowly over the years they got better. A lot of phone games are trow back games from the 80's and 90's but for some reason some people think they are the best thing since sliced bread!
      Not for this little black duck, I like proper PC games like doom (played them all) Unreal tournament, Crysis, Starcraft, you get the drift, I could name real games all day. Can't play them on phones or Android. Little tiny screens and little tiny speakers yeah right! PC's are here to stay for work and play.

      Here's a new catch line for PlayFirst "the game you play when you're not playing a Game"!

      8-) Martin
      martin_js
      • Woops

        A lot of phone games are trow back games
        Should read "A lot of phone games are throw back games.
        martin_js
      • I have a mainframe for you if you are interested.

        I hear they will never be replaced by a lowly PC.
        Bruizer
        • Say What?

          Never mentioned things being replaced, simply saying if you want to play real games you need a PC. Not sure how playing games on a small screen is fun in the long term. Playing Full on games on 20" Plus screen with good speakers kills Tablet, phone games anytime. Having said that, not sure I could play my games on a mainframe either.

          Martin
          martin_js
    • Actually, Windows/Mac are out and iOS is in. Android will be coming...

      someday. Maybe.
      Bruizer
  • PlayFirst

    boy what crooks they are to leave people that have buy their games i know a lot of people that have buy games learning games for their kids boy what crooks this company is
    ttx19
  • PlayFirst

    boy what crooks they are to leave people that have buy their games i know a lot of people that have buy games learning games for their kids boy what crooks this company is
    ttx19
  • PlayFirst

    boy what crooks they are to leave people that have buy their games i know a lot of people that have buy games learning games for their kids boy what crooks this company is
    ttx19
  • PlayFirst

    good by for good you will not make money on the iOS and Android they will not make any money for a lot of the games for these are free to download so good by
    ttx19
  • hello again

    i have to say apps games sucks they are slow and bad video and they just sucks
    ttx19
  • hello again

    i have to say apps games sucks they are slow and bad video and they just sucks
    ttx19
  • hello again

    i have to say apps games sucks they are slow and bad video and they just sucks
    ttx19
  • And nobody cared.

    And nobody cared.

    I don't think people actually play these games much by downloading them, they usually just play them on the web via Facebook.

    In any case, just head over to Steam and take a look there - games are long from being dead on the PC. We're a long ways from "Post-PC," and actually the gaming market on the PC is alive as ever. PlayFish is but one fish in a very large sea.
    CobraA1
  • I have a feeling that, PlayFirst will be creating games for iOS only, in

    about a couple of years.

    Android will be a fading market, and in about 4 years, it will be gone, and what will remain is iOS (barely), and Windows and the Windows RT market.

    PlayFirst will become "NeverPlayAgain" in a few years.
    adornoe