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|Type of business||Public subsidiary|
Type of site
|Social network service|
|Available in||Japanese (Blogging Platform, Virtual Community, Social Games)|
|Key people||Susumu Fujita, CEO & President|
|Parent||CyberAgent Inc. (TYO: 4751)|
|Alexa rank||300 (worldwide), 17 (Japan)|
|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.
Pigg is 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 109 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 "Silver Coin". 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 "Candy 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 Candy Gold can be alternatively purchased using tokens.
In early 2019, Ameba announced that the PC version of Pigg and related communities (Pigg Life, Pigg World, Pigg Brave, Pigg Cafe, and Pigg Island) will be shut down by December 2, 2019 due to the termination of Adobe Flash in 2020.
- Official website (in Japanese)