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BET’s The Game is coming to an end, but it will get a proper send-off. On Monday BET announced that the series will be ending at season 9, with the final season scheduled to air in early 2015.

Read BET’s statement below:

All good things must come to an end and after celebrating four successful seasons of THE GAME on BET, the Network has announced production is underway on the show’s final two seasons. In January 2011 the cult following of The Game proved that the show was a fan favorite with 7.7 million viewers for its premiere debut on BET. With seasons eight and nine, we’re excited to end on a high note by giving Sabers fans a chance to bid farewell to their favorite players on and off the field.

The Game’s creator, Mara Brock Akil, expressed her appreciation to the network and fans who have been faithful to the series over the last several years:

https://twitter.com/MaraBrockAkil/status/519339449713696768

In an interview with BET.com, Akil spoke about The Game’s legacy: “Shows do end; that is a part of the business,” she said. “I’m very happy BET gave The Game five additional seasons to explore these characters and this world. We made history when we got to the network, and it’s nice to be able to celebrate the great achievements of the show.

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“The bigger legacy was the conversation that the audience had with the network,” she continued. “There was a partnership that was created and the use of social media—we were part of the history of television and how it interacts with social media and how it can be an asset to a show and the support of a show. I think The Game is locked in history about that movement.”

The Game may be coming to an end, but Akil already has Being Mary Jane in production for another season, and she recently hinted that a Girlfriends movie could be in the works. All of this and more is why Akil was named one of The Root 100.