We need to talk about black friday
Gamers of a certain age will undoubtedly remember the heyday of Flash games. Since 2006, Kongregate has been a platform for hosting and curating various forms of web games, with thousands of various types of games that can be played directly in your web browser. This is a scene suitable for all types of scenes you can imagine. Thoughtful artistic experience, political satire, humorous platform and intricate shooting games all coexist on the platform.
Due to many different reasons, this trend has now been greatly reduced. As in the past, there are fewer and fewer web games that have received attention and exposure. To some extent, these smaller, more experimental games from small teams and even independent developers have found homes in mobile app stores, Steam, and console digital stores. In the past, for many developers, creating web games was one of the best ways for gamers to master it, but now there are many different options for games of various sizes.
Some developers who started making web games later found success on other platforms, such as Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy, Isaac's Combination), Terry Cavanagh (VVVVVV, Super Hexagon), Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers) and Vlambeer (Nuclear Throne , Luftrausers) both started making Flash games. These developers have now moved to other, more modern platforms.
It is in the context of the wavering relevance of web games that Kongregate just sent word that they will no longer accept new game submissions. Looking ahead, no new games will appear on Kongregate. They will also reduce or completely stop some of the social functions provided by the platform, many chat rooms and forums will be closed, and the new badge will be applied to the game.
However, it is not all doom and pessimism. Kongregate promises to maintain the playability of "all 128,000" games, and developers of existing games on the platform can still update them. Nothing is forever, who knows if or when it may change now, but at least the existing games are suspended.
Especially because Adobe Flash is about to disappear, from December 2020, Adobe has completely abandoned any support, so the platform is no longer an ongoing issue, which may be understandable. Perhaps the best long-term hope is a project like BlueMaxima's Flashpoint, a Flash game protection effort designed to make many of these games fun on modern non-Flash platforms.
The Kongregate web gaming platform is disappearing, but Kongregate itself has gone nowhere. They still have their own independent commercial game store, Kartridge, though it has never gained much traction. In the future, they seek to develop their own games. When you reduce the resources allocated to maintain and support your web game library, you will increase the resources dedicated to game development.
You can read his post here to explain this move in detail. I'm really interested to see what direction Kongregate takes with its game development ambitions, but it's a bit sad to see this era come to an end.