RIP Yahoo Games: Internet pioneer is killing off Games, Livetext, Boss and more

By Shawn Knight
Mar 11, 2016
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  1. Yahoo said in its last earnings call that it wanted to focus on just seven core consumer products: Search, Tumblr, News, Sports, Mail, Finance and Lifestyle. In its Q1 2016 progress report on product prioritization, the Internet pioneer laid out plans to retire several products and regional media properties.

    Perhaps the most well-known product to get the axe is Yahoo Games, a portal it has been operating since 1998. Yahoo Games offered several basic parlor games which, in its earlier days, was a pretty big deal. Those went away in 2014 for technological reasons, leaving the portal with an array of "modern" web titles.

    The games portal and its publishing channel will be discontinued as of May 13, 2016.

    Also on the chopping block is Yahoo Livetext, the silent video chat app that launched just last summer. Described as live video texting, the app consisted of a live video feed but instead of talking, you'd type out your messages which were then overlaid atop the video stream. It was a bit unusual and frankly, I'm not surprised to see Yahoo ditch it so soon. It'll be shut down at the end of the month.

    Yahoo said it will also be shutting down some regional, genre-specific media properties. Yahoo Astrology, for example, will be closing in the UK, Germany, Spain, France and India. Yahoo Maktoob genre-specific media sites for News, Movies, Style, Helwa, Sports, Celebrity and Weather will all soon redirect to the Yahoo Maktoob homepages in Arabic and English.

    Last but not least, Yahoo Build your Own Search Service (BOSS) will shut down on March 31, 2016. In its absence, Yahoo is suggesting developers give YPA a try which is a JavaScript solution for publishers that manage their own search engine results pages.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,565   +713

    When they got rid of Cribbage and Chess, I never went back... used to have a cribbage rating of over 3000....
  3. DrakeBlazewing

    DrakeBlazewing TS Rookie

    Yahoo used to be cool, especially with old Java games like Toki Toki Boom! (Which was my favorite Puzzle Figher-esque game) then EA came along with Pogo and everything went south with YG... The rest of the outed services and whatnot were so obscure, I never even noticed their existence until this article brought it to my attention... Shame, some of those looked like it had potential, especially for late night chat sessions with friends. (LiveText)
  4. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    They sure make sure to keep spamming the kardashians though, it's like their entire business model revolves around it.

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