Let me start off by saying my medical problems are pretty much a thing of the past now. It was a terrible few months, but with a lot of rest, antibiotics, meclizine and more I'm finally what I would consider back to "normal".
Now that I'm fit to properly manage Dethemium again, I've been looking through analytics and general server happenings and I've come to a decision that I'm sure you all probably already know.
I am going to officially retire the Minecraft server. The server will be closing on October 31st, 2016. There will be a farewell party. I really hope you will be there.
For those of you who are long time members, you'll know that for New Years I posted a thread explaining what my thought process was behind the upcoming year for Dethemium and said then that I would discontinue the server if my "last ditch effort" to make "dethemium great again" didn't work. I had no interest in keeping a server going if it's clear it's past it's prime.
I put multiple months of hours filled daily work into Dethemium from January to March to put my best efforts into making the best survival experience I could.
Launch day came, and everything went fantastic. There were minimal issues, a swarm of players and zero lag to speak of. Pretty much every server owners dream. I saw players of yesteryear come back, I saw players I've never seen before, I saw a massive community. It was FANTASTIC.
One month later, player counts more then halved. Two months later, we saw peaks of 10 or less players online. Three months later, we saw peaks of 5 players online. Last month, we saw entire DAYS with zero players online. This month is even worse.
Of course the first person I blamed was myself, as I have been absent nearly entirely for the past 2-3 months dealing with medical issues that had me bedridden. However, after looking into Minecraft analytics as a whole, it's actually not all my fault...
Minecraft (multiplayer) has seen a 30% decrease in players on all multiplayer servers this summer compared to last summer. As a whole, 19% less players are playing Minecraft (multiplayer) this year compared to last year. This begs the question - where has the community gone?
My opinion is that the whole Minecraft train is coming to a halt. I don't mean the franchise, I mean the version of Minecraft we are playing right now. The console numbers for Minecraft continue to sky rocket, and Mojang has made it abundantly clear there focus will be on the new versions of Minecraft (such as console edition, pocket edition and windows 10 edition).
Mojang has continued to push extremely harsh EULAs and is leaving servers with less and less to be able to afford to keep running. Did you know that Mojang has recently made it against their EULA for servers to give players voting rewards? This means our server is breaking EULA once again.
Beyond all of this, I just have no love for this game anymore. It's been 6 years. I'm burnt out. I don't even have the game installed and have no intention of playing it any time soon. I'm done with Minecraft for probably a very long time.
I could have easily still loved this game if they released more then one update a year, packed full of content. They don't though. It's a stale game and the only thing keeping it alive is the community that they are so willing to destroy with all of their corporate policies.
That's it folks. That's the last you'll hear of me speak about Minecraft for the foreseeable future.
So where do we go from here?
Dethemium is not going anywhere. Sure, the Dethemium you care about is going away - but the actual community is not.
I have no intentions of taking down this website nor do I have any intentions of "quitting" server hosting. My entire life I have been a server owner of something - and I don't plan on changing that. With that being said... what game will I be hosting next?
There are a lot of great games out there, but it's hard to find a good game with a great community behind it that also lets an individual host a dedicated server and mod it however they want. That's the hardest part - I need to host something that I can develop for, and have complete control over. There are not many games like that.
The project I will be working on going forward will be an Old School Runescape Private Server. I'm sure plenty of you have no interest in the game since it's nothing at all similar to Minecraft, but it's what I'm currently passionate about doing and what I really think needs to be done in the Runescape community. There are so many terrible servers for Runescape, and I honestly think I have a solid shot at creating something that's as close to the real thing with plenty of custom content to stand out. Don't get too excited though - it will be many months before it's initial release. There's a lot of work to be done, and I'm quite the perfectionist. It'll feel weird going back to my roots (I actually did Runescape for many years before Minecraft came out).
So, that about wraps up everything I have to say. Thank you to every single one of you who have ever given me any support - where it be monetary, emotional or just playing on my creation. Thank you so much.
Here are some methods of staying in touch with me:
Speaking of Discord, we will be getting an official Discord server in the near future if you're into that sort of thing.
We now have a Discord! Click the link to automatically join: https://discord.gg/kYXcmd7
TLDR; Minecraft server is going away, Dethemium.com is going nowhere, Runescape server (and potentially other games) is the future.