Habbo’s future is bleak as child sex scandal explodes

Finnish kids’ virtual world Habbo is being pushed to the brink, after accusations that the site had become a haven for pedophiles led to a second investor pulling out of the business, and British retailers dropping the company’s products.

WoW No Longer World’s Biggest MMO?

Based on publicly available data, it looks like an Internet milestone will be passed by the end of next month: World of Warcraft will lose its undisputed status as the most popular massively multiplayer online world. It’s struggling to defend that title as Habbo Hotel, the web-based, social MMO from Finland’s Sulake Corp., is nipping at its heels. Habbo just sent me news that it has logged its 100 millionth registered avatar (pictured at left), and more crucial, that Habbo “attracts close to 10 million monthly visitors to its services worldwide.”

Currently 9.5 million active monthly users, to be exact, compared to Warcraft’s last-reported 10 million subscribers — but at current growth rates, it’s easily within striking range. Read More about WoW No Longer World’s Biggest MMO?