Following the intervention and statement from Disney and the confirmation by the Metropolitan Police of an arrest of a team member who had used Club Penguin Online for horrible things, the Club Penguin Rewritten team have released a long-awaited statement about their plans.
In it, they confirm that there are currently no plans to close.
We’re happy to hear Disney has stepped in to protect the safety of young and vulnerable people from being targeted by a criminal who was running a copy of their defunct game as another CPPS.
Club Penguin Rewritten has no current plans to close but we will be monitoring the situation for any further developments and will inform the community of any updates as soon as we can.-Club Penguin Rewritten administration
For context, the British national broadcaster are reporting that Disney has posed an ultimatum to servers to either close within a set deadline or face legal action. It’s welcomed news to hear that Club Penguin Rewritten isn’t closing, although it’s really a mystery what follows next.
Once again, I’ll be sure to keep you updated.
In some more breaking news, Disney have issued a statement on the Club Penguin takedown notices. It mainly refers to another server which has been closed down today, Club Penguin Online, after authoritative and extensive allegations.
Child safety is a top priority for the Walt Disney Company and we are appalled by the allegations of criminal activity and abhorrent behaviour on this unauthorised website that is illegally using the Club Penguin brand and characters for its own purposes.
We continue to enforce our rights against this, and other, unauthorised uses of the Club Penguin game.-Disney statement
One man involved with Club Penguin Online from London has been arrested and is on bail due to the severity of the allegations, according to the Metropolitan Police. I’ll post any updates as soon as they’re revealed, but this is a story that is now making headlines as well.
Once again, Club Penguin Rewritten is denying that closure is imminent. It is claimed Disney has posed a deadline for its closure, with the threat of legal action.
I’ve been debating whether or not to make this post for a few hours now, and I’ve decided to do so as I promised that I would keep people updated about the ongoing situation with Disney’s takedown requests and I’ve seen a lot of rumours spreading about this issue. The only reason why this is relevant currently is because of the timing.
When Club Penguin Island, the official mobile app managed by Disney, closed, the website redirected to the Disney homepage. The main news here is that as of a few days ago, the site no longer redirects, and the domain was updated as shown below.
This seems minor, but I’ve seen many people drawing conclusions about Club Penguin Island returning, and these rumours have spread rapidly. Unfortunately, I wanted to make this post to prevent such optimism spreading without a solid basis. There’s two points I’d raise.
Without getting too technical, the main “evidence” appears to be from the website’s markup of a meta tag that says “revised”. I understand why some may assume that this denotes the name of the site; in reality, it doesn’t.
Secondly, there is no solid evidence that Club Penguin Island is returning. The site doesn’t have anything installed, there are no job advertisements, and no trace of the game’s return online. It is possible that this was just a coincidence that the change occurred at the same time as the takedown requests were filed. As such, please don’t think the official Club Penguin brand is returning since the evidence is virtually non-existent, even though I’ve seen many people assume this when it’s almost certainly not true.
I just wanted to clarify that as I do believe it’s important that at a time of so much uncertainty, everyone is aware of what’s going on! Once again though, if any new information does emerge, I’ll make sure to post an update!
It has widely been speculated that Club Penguin Rewritten has been hit with a takedown notice, following the events earlier today. That has now been confirmed in an image circulating widely around the community.
However, I actually wanted to make this post to clarify a few things about this image. Although it does confirm Club Penguin Rewritten is one of the servers Disney is pursuing, it does not necessarily mean closure – and once again, I should stress, it is being denied by the team that closure is imminent.
Firstly, the recipient is Google, not the site’s hosting service. SuperCPPS similarly stated that they were not contacted by their host either. This does mean that Club Penguin Rewritten might not need to close, especially as resolution is possible to these DMCA requests, though that seems unlikely.
It remains unclear if the team intend to resist the takedown, as SuperCPPS has done, or follow the lead of other private servers and announce closure. I sincerely and profoundly hope it is the former, but only time will tell.
Once again, I will keep people updated as I know this is something concerning many, including myself.
There’s been a lot of rumours going around recently, and I feel that they are finally worthy of their own post as the information becomes more clear. For a Club Penguin blog, it’s very difficult not to discuss an issue as serious as this.
Firstly, I ought to make clear that I know that this blog is about Club Penguin Rewritten. The official word from the game is this.
There’s nothing to address – don’t worry yourself; if we were shutting down, we’d say.-Thorn, Club Penguin Rewritten administrator
As such, this is less a post about Club Penguin Rewritten but more just a general update about what’s going on in the community generally; I think that this is a severe situation which there is a lot of misinformation about.
In order to fully understand the story, it must be understood that the two main private servers are Club Penguin Rewritten, and another unnamed one. I say “unnamed” because I’ve never wished to promote it on this blog; the accusations against them are authoritative, extensive and damaging, indicting the owner of the most horrible things. Those allegation received wide media coverage over the last few months, to the point where many suspect Disney’s attention was caught.
From today, that private server, one of the largest Club Penguin ones to ever exist, has announced closure by the end of this month. It follows SuperCPPS, a Spanish private server which you may recognise as I used to post about it before, confirming that they had received an email from Disney demanding the “immediate termination” of the game. It is alleged by this server that Club Penguin Rewritten has received an identical email, though this has been denied by the team, and I must stress that the email doesn’t necessarily correlate to closure.
Although this isn’t related to Club Penguin Rewritten, it is highly within the community interest to be aware of the precedent caused by Disney seeking closure of servers. The timing is likely not coincidental; the Club Penguin brand has been damaged by the accusations spread widely relating to this unnamed server, though the reasoning for going after SuperCPPS is unclear.
There are many rumours going around now, but I believe it would not be wise to discuss what isn’t already confirmed. I will, of course, keep you updated as more is revealed, and hopefully it’ll be lighter news soon.