Here we are, five years ago we officially went live and announced our presence to the world!
In light of our five-year anniversary, we decided that it's time for a big announcement.
I don't know about you, but I find it hard to imagine what my life would look like if LDT never came to be. You guys have been a huge part in my life for the better part of a decade now. Five years is an impressive lifespan for an online community, and we won’t stop here. We've been through countless changes and evolutions of LDT, we've seen many people come and go, but the important part is that we’re still around. And as you know, everyone always comes back.
You don't have to be particularly perceptive to notice, however, that LDT isn't exactly what it used to be.
Many would consider LDT to be dead, and if you look at server activity, it’s hard to argue the opposite. However, as a community, LDT is still very much alive.
We've long ascended past the need for Gmod servers, while it is obvious to most that the gameservers have been reduced to a remnant of its former self, consider how many people show up for CZ each year. A number that has, despite a decline in server activity, only grown since we started doing it. Multiple people who met each other on LDT ended up moving in with each other, and so many of the online friendships have since turned into lasting bonds between them.
"We don't need the Gmod servers, we're something different now."
While the previous statement feels true for most people, in the long run, it has become apparent that it isn't. Everything LDT is and does costs money, and the gameservers have always been our means of generating revenue in order to keep things going. But even if you ignore the financial aspect completely, while individual friendships might last, the community will eventually fade away as the influx of players disappears. In the end, we'd like to keep doing what we always have been doing, which is, at its essence, to provide an online platform for people to get together and enjoy themselves. This is why we will go on. It wouldn't be fun not to.
Gio steps down
While a 5-year anniversary ought to be big enough of an occasion, there has been another development in LDT that you probably haven't heard about. Gio is resigning his position at LDT, but will continue to participate in LDT the way everyone else is. With obligations or duties to be burdened with, we're going to have to take over all of his tasks.
We want to thank Gio for everything he has done for all of us and it has been a pleasure working with him for all these years. He will still be around and will still organize campzone with us. With this change of leadership on the 5-year anniversary we think this is the perfect moment to reconsider the future of LDT.
Our strategy is to approach this in three steps.
A substantial share of the contracts, licenses, and services that LDT relies on to function were arranged by Gio. Others we’re simply electing to change because we decided it would be better for us. Most notably, this means we’re going to find another place to host our box, which means the gameservers will be down for a little while.
During this downtime, we will redesign everything from the ground up. More often than not things are in place the way they are because they always have been, and this is our chance to shake things up. This means we will overhaul all of our policies, as well as pursue some technological innovations.
We invite you, my dear reader, to join us in this process. What should be different? What purpose do you think LDT should have, what should we focus on? Other games? Other activities? Let there be threads.
Once we’ve got our heading set and regained our capabilities, we will be fully operational again. We’ll start reintroducing some of our old features and release all of the new things one by one. This phase will commence before the end of this month, so stay tuned!
So Happy Birthday to LDT and thanks to everyone who stuck around for this long!