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|Slogan||Browser-based multiplayer mafia game set during the 1930s prohibition era|
|Type of site||Browser MMORPG|
|Launched||September 27, 2003|
Bootleggers is a real-time browser-based mafia game set during the 1930s prohibition era. Players begin as a low ranked scum during this era and are left nothing to do but petty crimes such as pick-pocketing. As players progress, they increase in rank and are able to commit higher level crimes, transport booze, trade stocks, and more. With thousands of other players competing for the same scare territories, players can find themselves dead and forced to start over without notice.
Back in 2003, news was beginning to spread about an up-coming mafia browser-based game as the current ones on the market were beginning to force players to pay. Before long, Bootleggers arrived as a free-to-play alternative in the mafia game market. The game was released to the public on Septembed 27, 2003, being an amateur project by Kyle Kroff under the alias BSF2000. Player traffic began to grow quicker than expected, causing server limitations such as only allowing ~150 players online at any one time. As these issues were resolved, players continued to grow in to the thousands within the first year of release.
While the game was initially intended to serve as an alternative to rival games, it soon began to branch out to form its own style of play. The game has since spread to such countries as the United States, Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Jordan, and more. It has recently entered it's sixth round of play, with each round progressing further in to a more stable and better improved game.
This game, now in round seven is unfortunately dying out, with only 100-200 people on at one time. Also, Kyle does no more updates so the game is also broke such as the highest two achievements on the game are broke but as Kyle doesn't trust anyone to code this probem isn't being fixed.
- Bootleggers Official site to play at.