Do the terms “falling furni”, “DTTF” and, perhaps with a knot at the pit of your stomach, “autokick”, ring any bells?
If so, it’s more than likely you’re one of the millions of teenagers of the early-to-mid noughties who were sucked into the online virtual world of Habbo Hotel, which marks 15 years of continued service this weekend.
Although the popularity of the free-to-play game cum teenage social network has waned substantially over the past few years, in wake of scandal and an ever-evolving online environment, Habbo (‘Hotel’ was dropped from its official name some years ago) still attracts over three million active users per month, drawn to its creation tools, roleplaying elements and chatting features.
“Habbo means different things to different people, but we can all agree it is a very special place,” said Antti-Jussi Suominen, CEO of Finnish owners Sulake.
“We’re thrilled to have hit the 15 year mark that so few games manage to reach, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the next 15 bring!”
Over the past six weeks, Sulake has been holding a massive prize giveaway in honour of the milestone, made up of 15 million items – both physical and virtual. A grand prize worth €4000 is set to be awarded on August 28.
Originally set up as an online chat room for a Finnish music band, Habbo now lays claim to over 300 million registered users, with over 5 million app downloads. Do you have any fond, or repressed, memories of the world of Habbo Hotel? Let us know in the comments below.