It would appear that plenty of gaming communities have been struck by rumours that their favourite game is shutting up shop. 2020 has started with rumours that Minecraft is shutting down, but the latest rumour is that Roblox is shutting down in 2020. Let’s get one thing clear early on: this is a hoax. Roblox Corporation has Tweeted confirmation that the game isn’t going anywhere, so you can relax and get back to playing your favourite Roblox games.
However, if you are curious to know where this rumour sprang up from and how it got so big then we’ve done a little digging to uncover one of the sources of the speculation. With Roblox recently recording over 100 million monthly active users, a lifetime revenue of $1b, and over $70m in payouts to creators it would seem utterly ludicrous for the game to shut down.
We’re not fans of rumours or fake news here at PCGN, so to help you get a clear answer on the matter we’ve assembled a quick and handy guide explaining why Roblox is not shutting down in 2020, plus where the rumour started.
Is Roblox shutting down in 2020?
Nope, Roblox is not shutting down in 2020. Check the publisher’s blog and you’ll spot them posting regular game updates and interacting with its playerbase as you’d expect, but recently the studio decided to put the ‘Roblox shutting down’ rumours to bed, once and for all.
Let’s set things straight: Roblox isn’t “shutting down.” The same hoax (with a few details changed) goes around every year or two.
Remember: don’t believe everything y’all read on the internet! 😆
— Roblox (@Roblox) January 14, 2020
The official Roblox Twitter account says, “Let’s set things straight: Roblox isn’t ‘shutting down’. The same hoax (with a few details changed) goes around every year or two. Remember: don’t believe everything y’all read on the internet!” So, there you have it.
Where did the Roblox shutting down rumour start?
While it’s tough to say for sure, it looks like the rumour started on a website (React2424) that allows users to create fake articles to mess with their friends on social media. Rumours of a Roblox shut down have been circling in some form since July, but the speculation that erupted around this fake news post is the highest its been all year.