8BIT surprises once again with a seemingly sudden game changer. As of today, the company is officially closed for business.
Their Support Forums will continue to be open for another 30 days, but after that, they will no longer support their products—including their core product, Standard Theme. For those looking for a partner post-Standard, 8BIT recommends Woothemes and StudioPress.
The company behind Standard Theme was made up of John Saddington, Chris Ames, Jared Erickson, Tom McFarlin, Michael Novotny, Eric Dye, and Jason Bradley. 8BIT was also the organization behind WP Daily, and the closure of 8BIT comes on the heels of the company pulling the plug on its popular publication.
In his goodbye post, ringleader John Saddington assures readers that this was a collective and mutual decision on behalf of the team:
…“everything is in a great place relationally and life has changed the pace and direction for all of the partners” … “There’s no hidden agendas, no hard feelings, and certainly no conspiracy. As I mentioned before, besides death and taxes, change is guaranteed.”
All of the guys from 8BIT are talented and ambitious in their own right, so we can’t help but wonder what they will each do next.
We do know that John Saddington has raised over 56k on Kickstarter for his project Pressgram, which is similar to Instagram (but, unlike Instagram, allows users to retain control over their data and the content they create).
Could Pressgram be what Saddington is going to focus on next? What about the others?
What do you all think of 8BIT’s closure?