Wilson Neill has officially shut down the FlyingPig website, according to a written statement from its general manager Phil Vosper.
“The difficulties have been unable to be resolved and FlyingPig is unable to operate effectively. FlyingPig’s parent company, Wilson Neill Corporation, has closed FlyingPig.”
FlyingPig disappeared from the internet at midday when eStar Online, which is in dispute with Wilson Neill, pulled the plug on the retail website. EStar Online’s managing director Matthew Darby claims the company is owed nearly $500,000 in payments for the development of the software platform FlyingPig runs on - an amount he says has been outstanding for several months.
Despite an offer to take over FlyingPig in exchange for wiping most of the debt, Darby says he has heard nothing from the Wilson Neill or FlyingPig management teams, and at noon today he shut off the server.
FlyingPig managing director Tim Connell would not comment on the matter, referring IDGNet to Wilson Neill’s Vosper. Vosper also declined to comment but in his written statement says the company has been “in dispute” with eStar Online “over the provision of a service platform and site functionality”.
Darby rejects criticism of the software platform.
“Why would they use our software for so long if that was the case? It's just smoke and mirrors."
He says eStar Online won’t allow the FlyingPig website as it was to be used until either Wilson Neill sells the site to eStar Online or pays its debt.