Club Penguin was one of the biggest and most popular Disney games of all time before it was officially shut down in 2017. Thanks to its popularity there have been dozens of fan-made clones created, with one of the biggest to have emerged named Club Penguin Online. This received an incredible boost in popularity thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, but it has recently shut down and here you’ll discover why.
The news that Club Penguin Online has shut down has been met with great approval on Twitter as many users had tweeted to Disney about the fan-made recreation.
Below you’ll discover why the game is no longer available to play and why it was so controversial.
Why did Club Penguin Online shut down?
Club Penguin Online has shut down because The Walt Disney company had issued a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown earlier this week.
The Club Penguin Online website had announced that the game would be shut down before the end of May, and this has proven true as the website can no longer be accessed.
Per The Verge, the copyright claim by Disney can be found through the Lumen database, and the website for the game which has been removed did reportedly admit to being “an unauthorized version” which did contain ” infringing copyrighted content”.
However, while the above is more than enough for it to have been taken down, the game itself was reportedly very controversial.
“So glad that Club Penguin Online has shut down”
As previously mentioned, the consensus online is that lots of people are thrilled about Club Penguin Online being shut down.
In regard to why this is the case, it’s because the online game was reportedly very controversial due to not being moderated.
Per an insightful report from the BBC who had created their own account on the English, Spanish, and Portuguese versions, the game was full of explicit language, homophobic slurs, anti-Semitism, and racist messages.
The British outlet also reports that players were encouraged to participate in “penguin e-sex”, and they also report that players were openly sharing Snapchat, Instagram, and Discord account details.
Some teenagers reportedly told the BBC that there were safe areas in the game, but that most people were in the mature unprotected zones.
To make matters worse, the same BBC report also states that a man involved with the site who lives in London has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child abuse images (he has reportedly been released on bail pending further inquiries).