Multiplayer online game Club Penguin launched in 2005 and was acquired by Disney two years later. After 10 years online, Disney shut the game down, prompting the creation of a third-party remake known as Club Penguin Rewritten. Following a Disney complaint, that service has now been shut down by police in the UK. Three people have been arrested under suspicion of copyright infringement.
Its Antarctic-themed virtual world, inhabited by players’ penguin avatars, proved incredibly popular and two years later boasted 30 million users.
This success attracted the attention of Disney and in 2007, New Horizon was scooped up for $350 million. Ten years later, Disney pulled the plug in favor of successor Club Penguin Island, which in turn was shut down late 2018.
In the previous year, however, one of many…