Blackberry Messaging service BBM will shutdown on May 31, 2019.
In a statement issued on Thursday by Emtek, the Indonesia-based company that partnered and took over the Messaging service from Blackberry in 2016, said the inability to keep existing users and attract new ones was the sole reason the service is closing down.
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“Today we’re announcing that we will be closing BBM consumer service on 31 May 2019.
“Three years ago, we set out to reinvigorate BBM consumer service, one of the most loved instant messaging applications, as a cross-platform service where users can not only chat and share life experiences, but also consume content and use payment services.
“We poured our hearts into making this a reality, and we are proud of what we have built to date.
“The technology industry however, is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on.
“Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on.
“We are grateful for your support and wish to thank everyone, especially our users, partners, and employees, for being part of the BBM consumer service journey.
“We hope you will cherish many fond memories of BBM consumer service that helped shape messenger platforms to become what they are today.”
BBM was launched in 2005 by Blackberry and it attracted millions of users. At launch, the service was exclusive to Blackberry devices but later opened up to Android and iOS devices.