Many people are asking this question over and over again and this is a question that stirs a lot of debate over the past few years because of the emergence of new technology: HTML5 and CSS3. Those new technologies combined with the latest versions of JavaScript can do almost anything that flash can do: display videos, create games, and add beautiful presentations and more without the need to download additional plugins and browser extensions. Because of that, flash developers, enthusiasts and the like began to lose hope about the future of flash development and flash in general. In addition to that, the latest announcement of Adobe where they state that Flash will not support mobile anymore seems to be a great rift that shattered all hopes left. Which boils down to one question: “Is Flash Dead?”

Several browser games still use flash as their framework. Many video-sharing sites still use flash and we are certain that flash isn’t dead, yet. It’s just, it’s slowly being replaced by HTML5 and there’s still some time for flash to live.

One of the benefits of relying to flash is because of Adobe’s approach with it. You only need one code base and you can be sure that your program will always run the same behavior no matter what platform or browser it runs. This means less pain and worry about developers. This is one of the biggest attraction of developers to flash, though end users and consumers seems to hate this technology.

Though flash is still very popular to desktop, mobiles is a different story. It’s almost dead and non-existent. Adobe has already announced defeat against Apple last 2011 and we can safely say that flash is already dead, but only for mobile.

The latest changes in YouTube during early 2015 seem to deal a fatal blow to flash. With their latest announcement, HTML5 became the default player for newer browser versions. This seems to be a great blow against flash. YouTube recently announced that it will stop using the flash player plugin for newer browsers that will visit the website and instead, it will use the newest standard, which is HTML5.

Because YouTube is the largest provider of flash-based videos, this move seems to deal a fatal blow to flash. But will this be the end for flash? Yes, it could be, but only for video sharing sites. Online gaming websites will still benefit for flash for a very time because HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript cannot provide encrypted source code making it almost impossible to alter your flash games compared to HTML5 games.

If you’re running an online multiplayer browser game, flash is still the king and it will be like this for decades to come. Flash still lives and will live long for gamers.