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Neopets is a virtual pets website. Users can own, train, and trade virtual "pets", as well as play games, dress their pets, and customize their own webpages. The site was launched in 1999 by Adam Powell and Donna Williams. The website has gone through 3 ownership changes since then and is currently owned by JumpStart (which is owned by Knowledge Adventure.)
On March 8, 2015, Neopets fansite Jellyneo.net reported that "most of The Neopets Team was laid off" and that there were "only a handful of programmers left, along with the support team and the monitor team."
On March 9, 2015, David Lord, CEO of JumpStart, posted a message on Neopets and Facebook:
To our Neopets Members and Community:
Unfortunately, a recent restructuring of our resources means a number of respected employees working on Neopets are no longer with the company. JumpStart appreciates each and every one of our employees, and it was a sad day to have to say goodbye to our friends. While it’s disheartening to see team members leaving the company, we are incredibly thankful for everything they have done to create Neopets.com and the passionate community that surrounds the site.
Moving forward, we want to make it absolutely and unequivocally clear that we are committed to Neopets! Neopets is NOT CLOSING in any way. To the contrary, we plan to produce new content, update the site, and dedicate valuable resources towards improving site functionality, including lag and site stability. In fact, the recent launch of Neopets Ghoul Catchers on the iTunes and Facebook platforms confirms our dedication to launching new and exciting content for existing and new Neopets users.
As we move forward and establish new goals for Neopets, we want the community to know that we are fully committed to the success of Neopets. We will work to support, improve and expand Neopets with our best resources and most creative minds. We thank you for your unwavering support of Neopets and we believe you will be as excited about the future as we are.
We wish all of the amazing former Neopets team members the very best life has to offer and we are grateful for their time at Jumpstart.
- David Lord, CEO of JumpStart