FileFront to close down next week

Written by Joe Martin

March 26, 2009 | 10:56

Tags: #1-up #recession

Companies: #filefront

FileFront, one of the most popular download sites for PC games content, will be shutting doors for good next week as the owners of the site bow to power of the economic recession.

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.

"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," reads the announcement. "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."

At the time of the announcement, it's estimated that FileFront has around 90 terabytes of PC patches and demos currently being hosted - all of which will be gone for good in just a few days.

Where will you turn to for your patch and demo downloads now? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

Update: Since publishing this story we've been contacted by one of the network administrators at FileFront going by the name 'Phenix', who says that the team there is currently working hard to back-up as much of the important data as possible. He says that the network admin teams found out about the closure just a few hours before the full announcement went up, and has since been working hard to back-up as much as possible.

The team is currently looking for help to save as much of FileFront as possible - so if you feel like joining in then head over here and get started.
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