Filefront, the popular file sharing site for gamers worldwide has surprised many loyal followers by announcing it will be closing its doors on March 30th. The site, long a destination for gamers who upload and download files has apparently succumbed to the global economic crisis.
Dear FileFront User:
We regret to inform you that due to the current economic conditions we are forced to indefinitely suspend the FileFront site operations on March 30, 2009. If you have uploaded files, images or posted blogs, or if you would like to download some of your favorite files, please take this opportunity to download them before March 30th when the site will be suspended.
We would like to give a warm thank you to all of you who have been part of the FileFront communities we have built together. Your support has had a meaningful impact for all of us here at FileFront. Again, we want to give you a sincere “thank you” for your support over the years and wish you all the very best.
Keep gaming alive,
FileFront Management and Team.
Launched in December 2001, FileFront was a popular destination for gamers looking for patches, mods, demos, videos and other game-related content and also hosted a wide range of other software, including drivers, internet software, audio-video packages and much more. But the site’s future became uncertain when UGO acquired 1Up from Ziff-Davis; FileFront was not part of the sale and while Ziff said it would continue to operate FileFront as part of the PC Magazine digital network, the company’s struggles cast doubt on how long it could afford to keep things going. Some gamers have wondered if this date might be too close to April 1st (April Fools) to be taken seriously, but all indications are that the post is legitimate. What site will step in to fill the gap is yet to be seen, but this loss will definitely make it more difficult to share gaming files in the near future.