If you are an avid user of Omegle, you might have been waking up to the shock that the free online chat website is shutting down. 14 years since it started, Omegle has been one of the underrated socialising platforms hidden in the shadows of the Meta giants, Snapchat, and others. However, it did have a loyal user base who will be extremely sad to hear about this decision.
You like many others will be wondering why it is shutting down after running quite well for so many years. If you try to head to Omegle.com right now, you will see a gravestone followed by a few quotes and an entire heartfelt letter from the Founder, Leif K-Brooks explaining the entire situation.
Omegle No Longer Sustainable, Financially Nor Psychologically Says Founder
Omegle allowed two users to interact with each other without revealing any names or personal details. For a user, there would be two screens, one termed You and the other termed Stranger. The website has seen a rise in the number of content creators who have used there interactions to create smart content on other social media platforms.
However, any virtual tool can be used for good or evil and the internet is an extremely dark place if you take out the good. Omegle has been constantly trying to put in new measures to curb misuse of the platform and fight crime.
In his letter, Leif K-Brooks explains why Omegle is shutting down:
“Unfortunately, what is right doesn’t always prevail. As much as I wish circumstances were different, the stress and expense of this fight – coupled with the existing stress and expense of operating Omegle, and fighting its misuse – are simply too much. Operating Omegle is no longer sustainable, financially nor psychologically. Frankly, I don’t want to have a heart attack in my 30s.”
This explains the troubled state of war that the team behind Omegle has been going through while they were trying to keep the website from falling apart. However, the war is now a lost cause and “the battle for Omegle has been lost, but the war against the Internet rages on,” says the Founder.
Although there are similar applications and websites, users won’t be forgetting the services and memories they made on Omegle. If you want more News coverage like this, do check out our dedicated section here at Gamer Tweak.