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|Key people||Susumu Fujita, CEO & President|
|Parent||CyberAgent Inc. (TYO: 4751)|
|Alexa rank||128 (worldwide), 10 (Japan)|
|Type of site||Social network service|
|Available in||Japanese (Blogging Platform, Virtual Community, Social Games)|
|Current status||Active (Pigg), Closed (Pico)|
In December 2009, Ameba launched Ameba Now, a micro-blogging platform competing with Twitter. In March 2009 Ameba launched Ameba Pico, a Facebook app for the English market based on the virtual community Ameba Pigg.
Ameba Pico Virtual World / Ameba Pigg
Ameba Pico / Pigg is a Facebook and a Japanese blog virtual community in which users can customize an avatar, socialize with people around the world using replicas of landmarks around the world like Shibuya 106 and the Statue of Liberty.
Users can also decorate their own rooms with different types of furniture, bought with virtual currencies called "Gummies", "Tokens", and "Ameba Gold". Users can and invite other players to their rooms and leave them messages.
For the English Version, Gummies and Tokens are game currencies that are earned by doing in-game tasks such as ringing other people's rooms and giving the props, while "Ameba Gold" is a currency in the game which users can only acquire by paying real money, Facebook Credits, Phone Balance, or by doing tasks from the game's providers like Paymentwall. Selected Items bought with Ameba Gold can be alternatively purchased using tokens.
It is estimated that each day, more than 15,000 users log in to the game. In October 29, 2012, Ameba Pico announced it would close its doors on December 17, 2012, due to insufficient funds. It was said that Ameba Gold, Ameba Balls, Gummies, and Tokens are not convertible to any games due to the closing of its service. Ameba Pico was closed in December 17, 2012. In December 28, 2012, Ameba Pico closed its fan page in Facebook. In June. 7, 2013, Ameba.net's domain expired.
Ameba Pigg has the exact currency Ameba Pico had, with the names of the currency slightly different in names. The currency obtainable through real money is referred to as Candy Gold or AmeGold in Ameba Pigg where as it is called Ameba Gold in Ameba Pico.
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