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The challenging Chinese market and high operational costs led to the decision of closing the service.
Customers in China were redirected to other Habbo communities.
It featured a new credits system with community and safety features.After having been contracted to design a virtual game and chat called Lumisota (Snow Wars) for a Finnish internet service provider, they were contracted for another project. Aapo, Sampo and Dee Edwards, an entrepreneur from the UK, wanted to create an international business based on the virtual hotel concept, drafting a plan in Autumn 2000, and raised finance.By the end of January 2001, Habbo Hotel had been launched in beta mode.The Hotel can be accessed by logged-in users via the Habbo Homepage.When a user accesses the Hotel they are brought to a screen colloquially known as Hotel View/Landing View.Habbo stemmed from a 1999 hobby project by creative designer Sampo Karjalainen and technologist Aapo Kyrölä entitled Mobiles Disco, for a Finnish band.It was a virtual chat room running on Aapo's Fuse technology. It launched in August 2000 on the ISP's web portal.Print delivery available within the newspaper distribution area only.By submitting your address and/or email, you understand that you may receive promotional offers from Gate House Media and its related companies.A two-month investigation found users posting pornographic and violent messages – despite the fact that Habbo is intended for young teenagers.A reporter posing as an 11-year-old girl claimed that explicit sex chats were common within minutes of logging on to the service, The then CEO of Sulake, Paul La Fontaine comments, "We're thrilled to announce we have launched in Turkey.