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    Default How much of an impact have Fansites actually had on Habbo?




    It's no question that Fansites have helped develop and shape Habbo to what it is today, but how much of an impact have Fansites actually had on the platform?

    Fansites create a different platform for Habbos outside of Habbo to engage with each other and become part of a community. During the first 6-7 years, Habbo didn't seem to do anything alongside fansites aside from open up applications for them to have the status of "Official Fansite"

    However, in more recent years Habbo seems to have seen the benefits of Habbo fansites and have since started working closely with fansites from doing things such as creating badges, rooms, events, games and even having Habbo staff promoting said events. There is also even now a section in "Public Rooms" on the navigator dedicated to Official Fansites.

    There are also a number of fansite members that no longer play Habbo but stick around in the Habbo community because of the fansites. Would the amount of Habbo users be the same right now if fansites didn't exist?

    Do you think Habbo would have seen the growth and success it's had without Fansites?


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    I'm not really speaking from experience as this (and script-o-matic) were the only forums I ever signed up to.

    I think it's important that fan sites:
    • Reach out to a new audience.
      • Is there any evidence that fan sites generate new players?

    • Promote interaction with the platform (news, events etc.)
      • I think it's safe to say fan sites like Habbox promote interaction with the platform. But do these users spend money based on that interaction?

    • Retain existing members.
      • Existing members will almost certainly be spending money on Habbo. But no revenue is generated on those that don't play.


    I joined Habbo because of word of mouth from my friends that had likely seen the game through an advertisement. How many members on this site were introduced to a fan site first and then signed up to Habbo later on?

    The question is redundant because of the lack of data, metrics and measurements but it's fun to debate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak View Post
    I'm not really speaking from experience as this (and script-o-matic) were the only forums I ever signed up to.

    I think it's important that fan sites:
    • Reach out to a new audience.
      • Is there any evidence that fan sites generate new players?

    • Promote interaction with the platform (news, events etc.)
      • I think it's safe to say fan sites like Habbox promote interaction with the platform. But do these users spend money based on that interaction?

    • Retain existing members.
      • Existing members will almost certainly be spending money on Habbo. But no revenue is generated on those that don't play.


    I joined Habbo because of word of mouth from my friends that had likely seen the game through an advertisement. How many members on this site were introduced to a fan site first and then signed up to Habbo later on?

    The question is redundant because of the lack of data, metrics and measurements but it's fun to debate.
    I think it's not so much a question or debate based on their profits in relation to Fansites, but more-so a factor debate on the amount Fansites have had on Habbo itself. Myself for example, I left Habbo many years ago, and I only came on once or twice a year out of habit/boredom, until I started speaking to James on Habbo (despect) we got talking and I found myself logging back into HabboxForum and subsequently applied for HxHD and then soon after Forum Moderator - I log into HxF at least once every 2 days, if not everyday... However some may notice that I go 1-3 weeks without logging into Habbo, however the only reason I log into Habbo much more frequently these days is purely because of Habbox, and I recently purchased credits to buy myself another month of HC because I was too lazy to wait for HC Payday

    Basically without Habbox I would probably have soon stopped logging into Habbo altogether. So it's a Fansite that brought me back and got me somewhat playing Habbo and even spending money again; not Habbos advertisements or promotions etc.. Purely the people and community within Habbox itself.

    I wouldn't have thought that there would be a lot, if any Fansites that got people on Habbo without them knowing about it first, but I'm sure there are a few cases, statistically anyway right?

    But think about the fact that there are probably a lot of old-timers, who only stick around because they're so engrossed in a fansite that they can't just pick up and leave, as they have developed friendships over many many years, which gives them reason to login to Habbo and potentially buy credits, but then you got the fact that it also adds activity numbers for Sulake.

    Then think about ALL the events and competitions Fansites run on Habbo - Pretty much everyday, all day; Fansites helping new/existing users get free furni and credits, making the game much more enjoyable for everyone, especially new users, which could be potentially generating new income for them and word of mouth from them to their friends, creating more accounts etc...

    But yes, it's impossible to know for sure, we can only speculate, but based on some assumptions I think we can safely assume that Fansites do and have had a rather large impact on Habbo...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sectional View Post
    I think it's not so much a question or debate based on their profits in relation to Fansites, but more-so a factor debate on the amount Fansites have had on Habbo itself.

    Apologies, I was looking at the bottom line. No money, no game! Haha


    There are many ways to evaluate impact, I can appreciate that.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sectional View Post
    I recently purchased credits to buy myself another month of HC because I was too lazy to wait for HC Payday

    Quote Originally Posted by Sectional View Post
    Basically without Habbox I would probably have soon stopped logging into Habbo altogether. So it's a Fansite that brought me back and got me somewhat playing Habbo and even spending money again; not Habbos advertisements or promotions etc.. Purely the people and community within Habbox itself.

    In your situation this would be a win for Habbo wouldn't you agree? A fansite directly responsible for a financial transaction? Sadly, I feel these situations are few and far between. I may login to Habbo very rarely, but I haven't been an active member or purchased credits for years despite being an active member on the forum.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sectional View Post
    I wouldn't have thought that there would be a lot, if any Fansites that got people on Habbo without them knowing about it first, but I'm sure there are a few cases, statistically anyway right?

    Almost certainly, unfortunately we don't have any quantifiable evidence of this. Habbo may have some? Don't they ask questions like 'where did you find out about us'? If fansites are an option, we could get a reasonable answer! Maybe we could setup a poll on the forum for our users?


    Quote Originally Posted by Sectional View Post
    But think about the fact that there are probably a lot of old-timers, who only stick around because they're so engrossed in a fansite that they can't just pick up and leave, as they have developed friendships over many many years, which gives them reason to login to Habbo and potentially buy credits, but then you got the fact that it also adds activity numbers for Sulake.

    I still think Sulake would find it meaningless if those users weren't spending money.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sectional View Post
    Then think about ALL the events and competitions Fansites run on Habbo - Pretty much everyday, all day; Fansites helping new/existing users get free furni and credits, making the game much more enjoyable for everyone, especially new users, which could be potentially generating new income for them and word of mouth from them to their friends, creating more accounts etc...


    But yes, it's impossible to know for sure, we can only speculate, but based on some assumptions I think we can safely assume that Fansites do and have had a rather large impact on Habbo...

    This is where the real impact lies (imo). Fansites undoubtably make the game more enjoyable to play with their events, competitions, helpdesk, radio etc.
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