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Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled #1231727
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Many of you already noticed that our Big Fish Links on the pages started disappearing the last couple days as we have been removing them one by one.

Big Fish sadly made the decision to cancel their affiliate program for all and will no longer be offering their small percentage given to us if links were used to purchase.
It was GameBoomers only "advertising" and since they are no longer offering any incentive to keep a link on our website, I decided to remove them all. We may in the future decide to add a different company if we get an offer that is from a very reputable website. Big Fish was always the top in customer service so partnering with them was a no-brainer. We are sorry that they made the decision to cancel any incentive programs but we wish them well.

Marian will continue to post the daily announcements since it is a welcomed addition to casual users but it is at her discretion if she wants to announce a specific game.

If anyone has any favorite places and wish to share, please feel free to add to this thread.

Ana


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1231730
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I'm sorry to hear Big Fish made that decision, Ana.
Thank you for letting us know what happened.

Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1231731
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Hi, Ana!

Thanks for the explanation. It's unfortunate that Big Fish cancelled their affiliate program. I just purchased a game I demoed last week and used the link that Jenny provided in her response to my other post. It worked like a charm, but I'm sad that Gameboomers probably won't receive a percentage. I wonder if Big Fish realizes how many games they have sold as a result of their affiliation with Gameboomers because this is the site where I initially learned about them 11 years ago. Gameboomers is my Home Page and, if not for Marian's daily description of their new offering, I would have missed a whole slew of them.

Susan

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Originally Posted by Susie07
Hi, Ana!
I wonder if Big Fish realizes how many games they have sold as a result of their affiliation with Gameboomers because this is the site where I initially learned about them 11 years ago. Gameboomers is my Home Page and, if not for Marian's daily description of their new offering, I would have missed a whole slew of them.

Susan


I could not agree more with Susie07, if not for Gameboomers I would not be a Big Fish member nor would I have purchased so many of their games!


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: copper] #1231776
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That goes for me, too !!

Sad news. But thanks for letting us know, BrownEyedTigre.
And thank YOU Marian for your long term valued and regular information about Big Fish games.

😶😶😶


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1231793
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Thanks for that sad news Ana. I have not seen anything good coming out of the changes that Big Fish has been making this year. frown

Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1231801
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Sad to hear this news. I, like many, was introduced to Big Fish by Gameboomers and bought most of my games from links here. Thanks Marian for diligently getting all the game info to us. I appreciate all you do


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1231832
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I appreciate all the kind comments. wave

Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1231837
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Wow. Can't help but wonder what prompted this decision. Either they are in financial trouble (which I doubt) or they are making so much money outside of game sales that they don't need our help to survive. Greed is a dangerous companion. Either way, it takes some of the Boom out of Gameboomers. Sad to see.


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: Tally Ho] #1231858
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[quote=Tally Ho. Either way, it takes some of the Boom out of Gameboomers. Sad to see. [/quote]

Not for me !! I was a Gameboomer fan long before I ever heard of Big Fish. And will continue to be one.
Big Fish no longer valueing the revenue they gain via Gameboomer members is just rather a sad state of affairs, to my mind.


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1231862
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Mad, I didn't take what Tally Ho to mean it takes anything away from GameBoomers other than help support us. smile


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1231865
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I first learned about Big Fish through a friend’s recommendation. To be honest I don’t remember how I found out about Gameboomers. It’s been a long time. Any way, I’ll miss linking to BFG theough GB. But I put a link to the Big Fish site on my homescreen. There’s been a lot of changes and restructuring going on at Big Fish according to some articles I’ve read. We can always still count on GB to keep us up to date on new games.

Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1231867
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Originally Posted by BrownEyedTigre
Mad, I didn't take what Tally Ho to mean it takes anything away from GameBoomers other than help support us. smile


OK, BrownEyedTigre.


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1231885
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Originally Posted by BrownEyedTigre
Mad, I didn't take what Tally Ho to mean it takes anything away from GameBoomers other than help support us. smile

You're right, Ana. This year the economy has had unpredictable effects on everything; this was probably one of those.


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1231921
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I think they are changing their pricing model.
Instead of pay once for a game and be done with it (redownload and replay
at will) they're moving to more of a rental system -- pay and then keep
paying for as long as you want to play the game.

Of course that means that websites like Gameboomers won't be
as useful to their sales, despite that as of this time they are still
offering games as "buy it and it's yours."

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Hi everyone, I've been out of touch for over a week, our landlord was changing all the floors in our house. It's really a shame that BF did this, I would love to know what is going on there. The choice of games have been going down hill lately & I know they have been redoing their walkthroughs, which by the way is not fixed. They have doubles for some walkthroughs, broken links for the pictures & some are not even there anymore. Makes me wonder if I should get an external hard drive & download all my games just in case. For some reason they just aren't the same company anymore. I guess it's just a wait & see game.


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: judith] #1231926
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Originally Posted by judith
Makes me wonder if I should get an external hard drive & download all my games just in case.

Reinstalling games they said you were actually "purchasing" won't
be a problem, so you shouldn't have to do that.
Also keep in mind the games you install to an external drive still have to be
"activated" using the Big Fish Client on the computer that will be running
them or they'll only run as demos, for 60 or 90 minutes.

Originally Posted by judith
For some reason they just aren't the same company anymore.
I guess it's just a wait & see game.

They're not the same company.
They've been sold several times.
The Wikipedia has some info.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Fish_Games

Originally Posted by Wikipedia

The company was founded in 2002.[2] In 2009, it announced the opening of their new European headquarters in Cork, Ireland.

In August 2013, the company announced the closing of its cloud-based games service, Vancouver studio and Cork offices.

In 2014, the company was acquired by Churchill Downs Inc. in a deal valued at up to $885 million.

In 2018, Churchill Downs sold Big Fish to Australian slots manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure for $990 million.

In September of 2018, Big Fish cut 15% of its workforce

In September of 2020, Big Fish cut nearly 50% of its workforce


I didn't realize they'd laid off half their workforce so recently.
I feel bad for the people who lost their jobs.

My favorite iteration of Big Fish was the first one.
They did some of their own game development back then, as with the MCF games.
Sometimes the owner would even drop by at Gameboomers and post.

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Thanks Jenny100 for all the info. It's sad to see what is happening to BF. Like I said before, it's a wait & see game.


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: Tally Ho] #1231934
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Originally Posted by Tally Ho
Originally Posted by BrownEyedTigre
Mad, I didn't take what Tally Ho to mean it takes anything away from GameBoomers other than help support us. smile

You're right, Ana. This year the economy has had unpredictable effects on everything; this was probably one of those.


Thank you both 🙂

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Not sure if I will want to "rent and keep paying for" future BF games, if that's the path they eventually decide to go down 👎


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: Mad] #1231939
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Hi, Mad!

That makes two of us. It also raises the question of what happens to our Game Club Credits? I don't often replay the games, but there are a few that I really enjoyed and have replayed several times. I'm not going to speculate about what these changes mean, but I'm hoping Big Fish is adding an option to rent games at a cheaper price instead of eliminating the option to buy altogether.

Susan

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I've not been a "member" for years, myself, now. But understand your question about "Game Club Credits".

I do buy plenty of games from them though and I'm quite sure I won't feel willing to rent them instead shocked


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Re: Big Fish Affiliate Program Cancelled [Re: Susie07] #1231954
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Originally Posted by Susie07
It also raises the question of what happens to our Game Club Credits?


The type of credit that expires (the type you get with the purchase of 2 CE's or 6 SE's)
will expire after a month or two. No change there.

There used to be a type of Big Fish game credit that you could purchase for money.
I don't know if they still sell them, but those would not expire.

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Hi, Jenny!

I was referring to the Game Club Credits that are credited to your account when the monthly membership fee is paid. One can be used to purchase a SE and two for a CE. Those never expire, but I'm wondering how they would be applied if Big Fish goes to rentals instead of purchases. Big Fish did have sales where we could purchase Game Club Credits for $6.99 each, but there haven't been any for quite a while.

Susan

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Originally Posted by Susie07
I was referring to the Game Club Credits that are credited to your account when the monthly membership fee is paid.

Since you pay cash for those, you'll be able to purchase games with them.

Originally Posted by Susie07
Those never expire, but I'm wondering how they would be applied if Big Fish goes to rentals instead of purchases.

I don't see Big Fish as going over 100% to "rentals" right away.
I think they'll offer legit game purchases for some time to come.
They may never move 100% to "rentals" even though some other
sellers of casual games seem to have done so.

Even if they did go over to rentals, the credits would probably
be worth $6.99 off the price of the rental fee.

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