In December 2008, Habbo's Russian community announced it was closing in February 2009 as a result of low numbers.
Those on the site with "furni" (virtual furniture that can be used to furnish rooms in the hotel that are bought with the use of Habbo Credits or Coins, that can be purchased with actual money) have been told they will receive credit codes for use on the USA Habbo community.
A two-month investigation found users posting pornographic and violent messages – despite the fact that Habbo is intended for young teenagers.
Public rooms are designed by Sulake and are not customizable by users.
Some rooms used to contain games called Battle Ball, Snow Storm, Wobble Squabble and diving, but these games were removed due to coding issues when they upgraded from Shockwave to Flash.
The Hotel can be accessed by logged-in users via the Habbo Homepage.
When a user accesses the Hotel they are brought to a screen colloquially known as Hotel View/Landing View.
The challenging Chinese market and high operational costs led to the decision of closing the service.
Customers in China were redirected to other Habbo communities.
The website is owned and operated by Sulake, a Finnish corporation.
The service began in 2000 and has expanded to include nine online communities (or "hotels"), with users in over 150 countries.
Users can also choose from pre-made room templates, or create their own.