Virtual Worlds is reporting that will shut down their public environment this week. They were funded via the micro-payment model and said the economic downturn hit their customers hard, thus virtual purchases stopped. It will be interesting to see how the other micro-payment funded systems survive reduced consumer demand.

One interesting side note, Forterra’s OLIVE, which was just sold to SAIC,  shared code base with


Rumor at GDC2010 is that the parent company has now shut it’s doors as well. This is unconfirmed and it’s not clear what happens to the Intellectual Property.


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