I know this happened suddenly, and without warning. Your gut reaction might be anger and that you hate my guts right now, but please read first. There is no TL;DR.
Last week I had someone ask me during an interview at the 5 year anniversary LAN party if this is how I pictured GSN Gaming would be after 5 years. I answered “Yes” out loud, but part of me on the inside said No. Why? Altis Life.
To better explain what I mean, I will first tell you guys what I envisioned for GSN Gaming 5 years ago during it’s inception. I pictured GSN Gaming being a small, tight knit community that logged on and gamed with people all over the world, to play games and have fun, and leave behind the stresses of life for a short time. A place we could truly play games and have fun. No drama, no bullshit. And if there was drama and bullshit, it was removed...immediately. We have enough drama in our own lives. We don’t need it in our video games. I wanted quality members, over quantity. I wanted mature, respectful and team oriented people to play together with one goal: FUN. And it was this way for 4 years. I can’t say that Is the case today. Why?
Well, Altis Life. Hell, I was the first guy to play it. I streamed it, got our community hooked and before you knew it, we had our own damn server. So, I’m to blame. Altis Life brought a lot of life/activity to our forums, teamspeak, etc. In fact we grew, fast. Really fast. Too fast. At times, we didn’t know who we were recruiting into our community. We couldn’t keep up, and some bad apples got through the cracks. However, we got some really amazing members who came for altis life, found that they really loved the community (the people) and branched out to other games and became GSN. It was awesome. However, with all the good things Altis brought, it also brought bad things.
Altis Life has brought an un-godly amount of drama, stress, admin work, ddos attacks and the most immature player base I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen such a game/server affect my community so much. (Once upon a time we had dayz. It started heading in this direction and we axed it before it got this bad) Altis would turn GSN members on other GSN members so quickly. I now see why no other Altis community survives for more than 6 months before it dies. We’ve had GSN admins leave, step down or straight up vanish because “they just can’t take it anymore, It was too much work, too much stress.” Gaming was supposed to be fun. Seeing a game affect my community like this, how can I actively support it? Should I do it because “Well hey it’s popular and it brings tons of people”, but at what cost to the community I’ve created? Would GSN Gaming die if Altis stayed around? No, I think it would rot from the inside out.
Again, my goal for GSN was a mature, team oriented bundle of gamers that could login every day, play games and have fun, with no bullshit, no drama. We shouldn’t be afraid to log on to their own voice server because of the type of people that are in it. Does that sound like GSN today? No, our website/teamspeak/servers, etc have been taken over run by drama, stress, un-happy admins, ddos attacks, and a super immature player base. I won’t keep taking my community in this direction. This has been wearing on me for 6 months. I did not make this decision quickly, or rashly.
So, I’m announcing that the Altis Life server is being shut down, permanently. I know it happened suddenly, but if we set a date, the server would become vdm/rule breaking/comp request/ heaven. In a couple of days the Altis Life subforum will be locked and archived. In an effort to go back to our core values we have also brought back #rigitity with our members, invite only recruitment, and soon a (18+), GSN member only + maure members only (invite only) voice server. We want to see our voice server packed with GSN members, and mature community members that are actually interested in GSN, and not squatting in our server for a free voice channel. (More on that soon)
That being said, I want to thank everyone that supported and helped this server grow in the last year and a half. Seriously, so many people stepped up to the plate and put a lot of work into this server to help make it better. It made me PROUD. REALLY PROUD. (And this is part of the reason this is so hard to do).
I hope that the GSN members who did come here for Altis Life stick around with our community after this, but I would understand if you didn’t. In fact, I wouldn’t even blame you if you hated my guts. I know I’m taking away something that some of you guys love and put so much time into. Please don’t take this personally. Don’t think I don’t value the hard work you guys did. I hope you guys can see why I made this decision, and it wasn’t just a “because I feel like it”. If you are going to leave, please know that no one here will hold it against you.
So...what now? We will continue to play games that we love together and have fun. Maybe with 99% less drama, stress, ddos attacks, and 100% more FUN. We will be able to do so in an (18+) GSN Member only + mature player only (by invite) voice server that we can feel comfortable joining. Soon our community will find and gravitate towards a new game that everyone will love. And we will continue to bring GSN back to it’s core value’s I mentioned above. I promise, when we get there, those who stayed will love it.
If you have any questions or you just want to call me a fucking asshole, feel free to post it below.
Note: If you’ve made a donation to the Altis Life specifically in the last month, I will be happy to refund your donations. Just contact me via PM.
Note 2: If anyone has real interest in taking ownership of our server (under a different name), database, and mission file that they should PM @Paronity.