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Thursday, 1 June 2017

*** Server Closing - The End Of An Era ***

Apologies for my lack of posts over the last month, a couple of us decided to take a break and have a serious think about the future of DiggyMinecraft.

Basically, we feel that it has run it's natural course now and it's time to wrap things up. We didn't come to this decision lightly but we think it's the right one.

Back in January 2013 when we launched our first publicly advertised server we couldn't have imagined what would follow! For two years the server, running Tekkit Classic, thrived with over 1000 regular players at it's peak an an average of around 700 over it's lifetime, it was a lot of work but also a lot of fun! 

In November 2014 we launched the DiggyVerse modpack, which has also been around for over 2 years now, time goes so fast! Our playerbase was rapidly shrinking at that point due to the sudden surge of modpacks suddenly available, and sadly we struggled to keep the number of regular players over 100 or so. In February 2015 we closed the Tekkit Classic server to concentrate on DiggyVerse.

The memory requirements of more recent Minecraft versions is much higher, and as a result so are the costs of running a server. So with donations falling short, the playerbase continuing to shrink and the game changing so rapidly we switched to Vanilla Minecraft, based on player feedback, back in December last year.

Unfortunately we've quickly realised that the competition is just too high, with so many servers it's tough to stand out and retain players, every other server owner I know gave up some time ago. On top of that most of our long term players have now moved on to other things, including a couple of key staff members.

So, on Sunday 18th June 2017, almost four and a half years after we launched, the server will be shutdown permanently.

It's been a fantastic ride, I've improved my Java skills by writing over 11 million lines of code, I've improved my Photoshop skills by creating over 10000 custom textures in various resolutions, but most importantly I've had a ton of fun playing the game and meeting tons of awesome people!

I'll keep Discord open (though I'll be making some changes), do feel free to drop in and say hello! I'd also love to know about any future projects/servers you guys are involved in. I won't be playing Minecraft as much now but I will still be out there, some of you guys already know which other servers I play on so you'll still see me around from time to time!

It's been great and I'd like to thank every single one of the players who helped me out (especially donators), shared laughs, and made running the server fun over the last few years... but everything must come to an end eventually, see you around and all the best for the future.

~DiggyWig~ (John)

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