InformationOn this page you will find general information about Habbo, such as who the first ever hotel manager was... or who was the first ever Habbo created, and who created Habbo Hotel. This page is just packed with lots of knowledge and interesting facts about Habbo and it's history, you will find some answers here which you may have been wondering for a while, and some unusual answers you may never have thought to ask about!
Who was the first Habbo?The first ever Habbo made was aapo, there are many rumors which say this is not true but it has been proven, since his credit number is 00000001.
Who founded Habbo?Originally, an entrepreneur called Dee Edwards saw Hotel Goldfish (see bottom) and had an idea for a profitable business in the UK. Dee, along with Sulake, then founded Habbo Limited and brought it to the UK immediately, her Habbo name was Daisy. It is unknown what Dee did after this stage but it is believed that after making around £1 million she gave up on Habbo Limited and sold her part of the business to Sulake, who have since gone on to make millions from it. Some may say she was stupid for doing this.
Who created Habbo?Sampo Karjalainen and Aapo Kyrölä developed FUSE Technology, the code that Habbo is programmed in, Sulake is the Finnish word for FUSE. From this they created a few other multi-user applications which led to Habbo! You may think this contradicts Dee Edwards' role in creating Habbo, well it doesn't. She was the one who thought of Habbo Limited, whilst Sampo and Aapo coded it, they are also the founders of Sulake - the company that now owns Habbo.
I want some statistics!Habbo operates in 31 local communities with over 235,000,000 users registered, thats 235 million if you couldn't work it out. On average, there are 990 million page loads every month, with 13.7 million of those being unique! It has been calculated that the average session time is 43 minutes. The main age distribution is teenagers aged 13-18, which is 90% of the Habbo community. Approximately, 63% of all Habbo users go to Habbo everyday! Are you one of those Habbos?
Has the law ever entered Habbo?Actually, yes it has, a number of times. The biggest event being in 2007 when a 17 year old was arrested after being accused of stealing virtual furniture to the value of €4000. Since this incident there have been a couple more less published incidents of a similar nature. Since 2007 Habbo have taken a stricter approach to hacking and theft within the game - or so they say they have!
Has it always been called Habbo?No, in May 2006, Sulake decided to rename the service to Habbo, before this it was called Habbo Hotel. Since so many people referred to the hotel as just Habbo, it made a lot of sense.
What is Hotel Goldfish?This was the very early stages of Habbo today. This is what Sampo and Aapo originally created, this hotel only existed in Finland and was actually called Hotel Kultakala, meaning Hotel Goldfish. This was changed to Habbo Hotel when Dee Edwards started off the new brand!
What other things led to Habbo?Before Hotel Goldfish a few other multi-user applications were created. The original concept of Habbo Hotel came from Mobiles Disco, a project ran for the Finnish Rap band 'Mobiles', this then went on to be very successful and gave them the idea of Hotel Goldfish. Another application the duo created was Snow War, a step further than Mobiles Disco, which allowed users to throw snow balls at each other to win games.
What other things have Sulake created?Sulake has been employed by multi-national companies to create systems for their customers. The first company to approach Sulake was Coca Cola who then got Coke Music out of the deal, this is quite similar to the Habbo concept. It was then shut down and later created into the Coca Cola Metro. The next company was Disney, who wanted a Magic Kingdom from the deal. From that deal VMK was created, a virtual magic kingdom. Once again this was shut down May 21,2008. Sulake haven't always created their own applications, oh no! They have purchased IRC Galleria, a chat program which is extremely popular in Finland. Another thing they have created in Mini Friday, an experiment to see if Mobile Virtual Worlds are successful and seeing whether or not real-time virtual worlds work! Mini Friday consists of a Club and Bar, in a few different languages. A newer version called Bobba Bar is available for the iPhone and iPod touch. Though Sulake didn’t create it, IRC-Galleria is also owned by them after buying it in April 2007. IRC-Galleria is the largest, most active social networking site in Finland! In 2009, Sulake created a mobile based virtual world for teenagers of the age 16+ which was first supported on the iPhone, iPod touch and Nokia phones but is now supported on most other mobile networks.
What else is Sulake creating?Sulake is currently working on developing a portable Habbo Hotel, accessible from your mobile phone, though this is still in the early stages of production. In the past they have developed other mobile phone Habbo Content, such as games which you can download, for a small fee. Bobba Bar is now available for your iPhone and iPod touch through iTunes and most Mobile phones.
How many Habbos have been online at once?That record is held by the Spanish, with a whopping 31,500+ Habbos online, that was set in march 2008!
Who started the Habbo eXperts?The Swedish Hotel first got the Habbo eXpert group, though Australia was the first to get the new Habbo eXpert subgroups. The team of eXperts were sadly removed in June 2008 to make way for the new Habbo Guides! With the new update of Habbo the guide program was removed as well. You can still help other Habbo's but you wont get those nifty badges!
Which was the first Hotel?The first hotel was Finland, this opened in 2000. The second hotel created was the UK one, which at first was hosted on the habbohotel.co.uk, this then, for some odd reason, changed to habbohotel.com, after some time at the .com domain it moved back to being habbohotel.co.uk - so the US could have their own hotel! Many other hotels have been added such as Canada, Italy and Brazil!
What is the most famous blocking incident in Habbo?The most famous room closure/raid, to date is the Lido Closure of 2006. Habbos dressed up in Afros paraded around the Lido blocking both the pool and then the entrance, images can be found here - the event has been repeated several times. Many were banned in this attempt to annoy.