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Mobiles Disco is the predecessor of the current Habbo Hotel. Mobiles Disco was created in 1999, and closed in 2000.

History

Sampo Karjalainen and Aapo Kyrölä, made an online application called Mobiles Disco to promote their friends' rap group, Mobiles, although it was purely a free-time project. As the site grew in popularity, the Finnish rooms were swamped with foreigners, so an English international version was created. This made Karjalainen and Kyrölä wonder about possibilities for financial success. With the help from Finnish advertising agency Taivas, Sampo and Aapo started to develop the idea of a multiplayer online game further. Soon the company Sulake was founded and the first virtual community, Hotelli Kultakala (Hotel Goldfish), was launched in Finland in August 2000. Following that, Mobiles Disco was closed down.

Information

Mobile Disco was essentially the inspiration for Habbo. It was very much like the current Hotel, where people gathered to socialize and make friends. However, no private rooms could be created. The Old Skool series of rooms in the current Hotels are inspired by Mobile Discos's lounge rooms. It ran on Aapo's Fuse technology.

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