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The website of Habbo Hotel

Habbo Hotel  is a social networking website aimed at teenagers. The website is owned and operated by Sulake Corporation The service began in 2000 and has expanded to include 32 online communities (or "hotels").

[1] As of June  over 118 million avatars have been registered. There are an average 8 million unique visitors monthly,[1] and 75,000 avatars are being created every day.

[2] The 100 millionth avatar was created on Habbo UK in June .[3]

Habbo's origins are said to be from Mobiles Disco, a 1999 hobby project by creative designer Sampo Karjalainen and technologist Aapo Kyr?l? for a Finnish band, a virtual chat room running on Aapo's Fuse technology.

After having been contracted to design a virtual game and chat called Lumisota (Snow Wars) for a Finnish ISP, Elisa, they were contracted for another project. They developed Hotelli Kultakala (eng. Hotel Goldfish) with a small team of developers and it was launched in August 2000 on the ISP's web portal.

Aapo and Sampo and Dee Edwards, an entrepreneur from the UK, wanted to create an international business based on the virtual hotel concept and worked on a plan in autumn 2000 and raised finance.

By the end January 2001, Habbo coins  had been launched in beta mode. The new hotel launched officially a few weeks afterwards, aimed at the teenage market, with marketing and payment partners in place, run from a HQ in London. It had a new credits system and community and safety features.

[4] The next hotel was launched in Switzerland a few months later, in four languages. It has since been expanded to over 31 countries in five continents, including Hotelli Kultakala in Finland which was made into a Habbo Hotel and has been invested in by venture capitalists.[5]

During the years, Habbo coins has changed its web design and appearance, the latest change occurred in January 2009.[6]

In May , the service, along with its domain names, were changed from www.habbohotel.com (.co.uk, .com.au, etc) to www.habbo.com (.co.uk, .com.au, etc). 

Habbo's Chinese community closed down temporarily, the first time a Habbo coins website has closed. The challenging Chinese market and high operational costs led to the decision of closing the service.

[Source:Mmofisher] [Author:Mmofisher] [Date:09-07-19] [Hot:]
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