In a blog post by their lead community manager, Conal Pierse Bioware announced that they will be shutting down all its forums except for Star Wars: The Old Republic. Before the huge popularity of social media websites, forums were the only “go to” if we wanted to discuss video games with other people. Tips and tricks on how to work around a difficult level, fixes to game crashing bugs, fan theories and most importantly communication with the developers were done directly via forums. In the post Conal explains that with “the rise of social media and geek culture” the number of ways to connect with the fans have increased thereby eliminating the need for said Bioware forums.
In the past, our forums were the only way we could speak to you directly. They allowed our developers to talk with fans, and gave our players the opportunity to talk with each other about our games. But with the rise of social media and geek culture, there have never been more ways for us to connect.
Now we can travel around the world, meeting with you face-to-face at events like PAX, SDCC, and even shows in our own backyard. We can share stories with you on the go, giving you a look behind the scenes on sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
Conal continues by saying that even their developers are spending more time on other websites like Reddit and Tumblr and less time on their own forums. The decision to shut the forums was not a easy one for Bioware but they are going ahead with the forums officially closing on August 26, 2016. They will maintain some private boards to be used for public feedback on upcoming projects. For the users to retain and save their uploaded information the forum will remain in a read-only state until October 25, 2016 after which they will be shut down permanently. However the forum for Star Wars: The Old Republic will remain active as it is hosted on a different website.
With over 20 million posts and over half a million members was this a good decision by Bioware? Let us know in the comments below.