After having been contracted to design a virtual game and chat called Lumisota (Snow Wars) for a Finnish internet service provider, they were contracted for another project. Aapo, Sampo and Dee Edwards, an entrepreneur from the UK, wanted to create an international business based on the virtual hotel concept, drafting a plan in Autumn 2000, and raised finance.
By the end of January 2001, Habbo Hotel had been launched in beta mode.
As of August 2012, over 273 million avatars have been registered with an average 5 million unique visitors monthly.
The service allows users to create their own Habbo character and design hotel rooms, meet new friends, chat with other players, organize parties, look after virtual pets, create and play games and complete quests.
In June 2011, most Official rooms were removed from the hotel.