Around 2010 or 11, I built a brand new gaming PC. This PC was awesome, it had 2 GTX 460's and a 2nd gen I7. Hell, it had something like 12GB of ram! It was something I was really proud of. A long the same time span, Minecraft BETA launched. Like many before me, I "allegedly" downloaded a copy off The Pirate Bay. To my surprise, the copy I downloaded had a server already listed in it. I joined that server and started playing. This was the really early days of MC, hell, there was no authentication for cracked servers and no factions. In many ways this was a lot more fun with far fewer players.
As time went on, I left that server but took everything I had learned from it with me. After around six months of not really touching Minecraft, people really started messing with TNT, it became a thing to try explode as much TNT at the same time as possible before your game crashed. Back then TNT didn't work the same, there was no throttling of the explosions, this means in one second of game time you could explode one million TNT blocks. In real-time, your game crashed or it took like fifteen minutes to load it all. Tons of fun. I decided to download a Minecraft server so I could explode the TNT so even if my game crashed, the server did not. Remember, at that time 12gb of ram is a huge amount for a PC. The creation of TE started with a bang!
The name TeamExtreme was not going to be the final name; it was a placeholder that I launched the server with until I got a better name. However, TE grew at a crazy rate and the name stuck. TE is seven years old... It was rare to even see a server last a year or two but we pushed through and kept true to what TE was all about. Think about it. Since day one, TE was an economy faction server all the way to the end.
Around 15 months ago, Minecraft was taking a turn that was dark and directed by its new owners. Our factions network started to get pushed out and I set a date for my predicted departure from TE. That was only in fact 6 months from now, really I'm surprised we got this far before making the call. Three to four months ago, I noticed the start of trends and predicted the worst.
TE got to a point where we lost a large chunk of the player base from a Minecraft launcher issue that could not be resolved. Right after that, we got blacklisted and took a massive hit. However, at the same time, our two competitors also started falling. I knew that our current path was not sustainable. I put plans into action. I started recruiting a lot of people to be trained into Devs, with the goal of rebuilding TE into V4. That would cover our problems with v3 helping with player retention. V4 was to also to help combat another issue we don't have control over. If you follow other servers and networks, you would have noticed a huge drop in players from them. Networks that used to have 1200 online players now have 200.
TeamExtreme has always been at the forefront of plugin design. We build more custom plugins than most networks, regardless of their size. I have loved owning TE and being its lead designer. We have built simply amazing stuff. But all good things must come to an end.
TE has become so heavy to operate, we use four server nodes just to run this network. Each server uses 50 plugins just to be able to connect and run on the network. For example, Raidlands is a cut down server but runs around 55 plugins. Faction servers on TE use around 70-80 plugins. This is not including another 10-15 plugins running on top of that for the bungee setup.
What does all this mean? Well TE has a super refined, well everything. From the chat, to trading, to inventories working across the network. The downside? Updating and adapting the network to changes is very complex and hard. This means V4 would take another 6-12 months to build, providing we can get concepts working that don’t exist on any other Minecraft network. We actually built a working proof of concept that let you walk from one server to another without a loading screen.
I have never gave a complete design to anyone, just a lot of info to random people, here and there. As a result most people don't even remotely understand what V4 is or how it works. They just have wrong assumptions. Nonetheless pushing out something so complex is not viable. Player numbers have dropped so much in the Minecraft community. We cut back costs and removed all unneeded services. Even then we still needed $500 every month. This only included monthly recurring fees, this does not account for annual and unpredictable or random costs like problems (chargebacks, broken elements, forums renewal costs and much much more). Building anything has a cost to it.
We looked at other options for TE, like pivoting towards mini games. However, TE has stayed true for seven years. We don't spam the chat with advertisements, put ads on the forums or sites, and we have always done two things. Protect our network keeping it a true TE Factions network. The other thing? Giving premium Minecraft servers the finger.
I can't express how much I have loved working on TE. The people here, the friends I've made. It’s really something that is hard to describe. I'm not one for making essay posts and I'm not much of social person but for seven years, TE has been my family. To the Staff of TE: every assistant, mod, dev, and admin has personally earned my respect and trust. We don't do public recruitment and as you all know, you must be asked to join. Please know, I'm honored you were a part of TE. You guys made TE what it is; I could not have done it without you. I don't want to give individual shoutouts because there are far too many. You know exactly who you are, you're my friends. To the TE community: you are a wacky, wide range of people I call my friends. I’m happy you came along for this wild ride. I had a lot of fun trolling and messing with you. I know some of you are still here from V2 or even before that. When you think about that, it’s pretty awesome.
Over the next few days, TE’s nodes will start to come down and be retired. This means that the server will go offline. Quite some time after that, the forums and site will follow. TS and Discord will stay up for now. Now, don’t worry, most of TeamExtreme’s worlds will be available to download. You can do what you like with them without restrictions. I would consider them publicly owned :-) *Link coming soon*
It's been a pleasure and I thank you all for joining me in this journey. I always have new ideas and projects planned. I'm sure one day a lot of us will meet again.
Bitches Be Crazy
Edit: Map download page - it will probably be slow the first day.