FileFront Closing Down
Bit Tech is reporting that FileFront will shut down on March 30th, 2009, taking all 90 terabytes of data with it – so back-up now!
All visitors to the site are currently being shepherded to a farewell page which claims the site will go down for good as of March 30th, 2009, with all site members being urged to save any content they have on the site before it is gone for good.
FileFront is owned by Ziff Davis Media, who have unfortunately been in financial trouble for a while and were previously forced to sell the 1UP games network to UGO in order to stay afloat. While Ziff was able to keep hold of FileFront through all the upheaval, it seems that the site hasn’t proved profitable enough to stay afloat.
A site announcement reads, “We would like to give a warm thank you to all of you who have been part of the FileFront communities we have built together. Your support has had a meaningful impact for all of us here at FileFront. Again, we want to give you a sincere “thank you” for your support over the years and wish you all the very best.”
Estimates put the amount of information currently stored at FileFront somewhere in the neighbourhood of 90 terabytes worth of PC patches and demos, all of which will permanently vanish in a few days.
Currently the network administration team is trying to save as much of FileFront as possible. In fact, they’re looking for help, so head over http://arloria.net/ircrts/wiki/Main_Page if you want to lend a hand.