Enjin Is Shutting Down Its Website Builder In April To Focus On Blockchain And NFTs
If you’re a long-time MMORPG player that’s been fairly active in guilds, then you’ve probably heard about the community gaming website called Enjin, a platform that allowed guilds to create their own websites and forums. The name will probably also be familiar to cryptocurrency enthusiasts following the creation of the Enjin Coin in 2017.
Unfortunately, the company has announced that it will be shutting down the website building side of its operations after 14 years in service and will be fully committing themselves to the cryptocurrency side of the business.
According to Enjin’s VP of Engineering Brad Bayliss, website creation technology has significantly improved over the years, and it would be “impossible” to update the website builder and might even be detrimental to those who’ve already set up their websites through the platform.
“Nowadays, creating a website is incredibly simple. Yet back when we started the Enjin Website Builder, it was a complex, tiring, and costly ordeal,” said Bayliss. “This is the problem we set out to solve, and I think it’s appropriate to say we succeeded in solving that problem that plagued so many gamers and businesses.”
“As technology advanced, it became clear that without a major rewrite, it would be impossible to modernize the Enjin Website Builder,” he added. “This rewrite would have forced website owners to, effectively, restart their entire website on the new framework. Whilst that improved framework would bring many benefits, it was also a step away from our main audience: those who just wanted to quickly, easily, and cheaply set up a website.”
He also noted that the market has changed and that the market has changed and that website building services are now being offered everywhere, which is why they decided to shift their focus and resources entirely on blockchain technology.
The Enjin Website Builder will officially be shutting down on April 30, 2023 at 5 a.m. PDT. All websites hosted on their servers will continue to enjoy the benefits of the Ultimate Plan for free until they’re taken offline on the said date.
“We hope that by providing everyone with sufficient notice, this allows you more than enough time to find alternative arrangements and begin migrating your website content and users,” said Bayliss. “This marks the end of an important chapter in Enjin’s history, one that will be eternally cherished by all of us here. We wanted to express our utmost gratitude to everyone who ran a website, guild, clan, or business on our platform, and, equally, we’d like to thank the overwhelming support that we’ve received over the years from 21 million gamers.”
“The Enjin Team will still be here – our guild is still growing, but our raid boss is different. We’ll continue to work on new endeavors,” he concluded.