Hey guys! It’s me, Smart Flame! Recently The PHB (ever heard of them? lol) made a theory, or rather suggestion the Pop may be going through financial issues. The evidence the use to back this up is firing of 4 of Pop’s most experienced employees, some with over a decade of experience. Well, today I’m here to debunk that theory, and explain another thing that may be going on in Pop HQ.
My theory is that the new team at Pop wants to start a new era, “clean house”, and reach out to other potential players by focusing less on the community. Well the most solid evidence is the firing of 4 experienced workers. I think (or hope) that those at Pop HQ realize that in financial trouble, it be the safest decision to stick with what worked. This would be going back to what Pop was. To do this, a new team would not be as good as those whom experienced this old Pop. So firing those people would be the opposite of what would be right. They’ve also put out great islands after great islands! Therefore, financial trouble would most likely not be the issue. If not, the what is?
I believe it is that Pop wants a new “era”, and see a way to get that by bringing new people. It is in human nature too continue what works, and these old creators are more likely to do this, because they’ve seen it’s success. New people, however, would be more open to change. Because of their success, there’d be no reason to fire these employee’s other than for this, especially financial trouble.
I think the first change we’re seeing is a focus on newer, younger players. I believe Pop may be trying to disassociate themselves with the community. Maybe they believe we make Pop seem like a game for older kids. Maybe they think they need branch out a little bit more. Back in the SUI era the social media accounts were so active. At the front of this was Skinny Moon. After she was gone, I believe we saw the first step to this new team. Although Stephanie and CC tried to reach, CC is gone, and we don’t know where Stephanie went. Skinny Moon was so active with the community, answering questions, and promoting blogs, like this one! She really was great and gave us a view to the game, so many other communities don’t get to experience at the rate we did. But when she was gone, it all stopped. The community was very rarely mentioned at all. I cannot speak for how much, if at all, the PHB got mentioned, but other blogs didn’t. We no longer got that inside view. In this recent mass unfollowing, Pop is just further distancing themselves from the community who’s stood with them through all. In this time, where a game is most vulnerable, the creators are moving away from the thing that could save them: The Community. Why they are, I don’t know. My best guess would be to try and market to younger kids. The islands have become less advanced than those in the SUI era on Old Pop.
That is all for this theory, tell me what you think! Bye! ~Smart Flame