Apparently the troubles are behind Sulake's Habbo Hotel, because the popular virtual hangout for teens is opening up to teens in Turkey. The new destination for Turkish teens is located at www.habbo.com.tr. The site, like every other region supported by Habbo Hotel, is free to play.
"We’re thrilled to announce we have launched in Turkey," said Paul LaFontaine, CEO of Sulake. "This is a very important market for us and we expect Habbo Hotel to be a big success there, with many teenagers joining to converse with friends, meet people with similar interests and enjoy access to the global Habbo Hotel network. Our launch in Turkey is the next big step on our global roadmap."
You may recall that – way back in June – UK-based Channel 4 ran an expose on the virtual world, calling it a "Pedophile Haven." Since that time the company struggled to get a handle on the controversy, losing investors and having hundreds of negative stories written about its popular teen hang-out. Since that time Sulake has gone to great lengths to convince the gaming community and parents that Habbo Hotel is a safe online destination for teens with new protections built into the software and new systems for dealing with creepy users who might want to prey on Habbo's young population.