CS:GO Update (Oct 2015)

Hey guys, I wanted to take the time today to give you an update about the status and future of Counter Strike: Global Offensive within the PURE community.

Seven months ago we relaunched CS:GO within the PURE community with our CS:GO Fun Server of various mini-games. Blackhawk47 and his team spent a bunch of time setting up various mods and plugins to work together and many members of the community helped test the server behind the scenes before we rolled it out to the greater community.

The server has met with great success and has seen thousands of unique users since that time. From there we expanded into a dedicated (and eventually multiple dedicated) surf server which also proved to be popular within the CS:GO community.

These rollouts were powered by PURE’s dedicated server box at NFO Servers in Chicago, which also powers our current NA BF4 server. At that point in time we also had the other BF4 servers (mixed mode, development & events) running on this dedicated server and had some tentative plans to further utilize the server to run events and/or servers for other titles.

As Battlefield 4 has waned in popularity our need for the dedicated server has decreased to the point where we are considering phasing it out and purchasing server slots rather than a whole machine for just a single BF4 server and some CS:GO servers. This would involve a variety of technical and control/configuration changes server side.

Parallel to this there have also been issues with blending the CS:GO community into the overall PURE community. It has been a challenge to convince new users of the server to join our existing Teamspeak server due to the popularity of in game voice. Further, many of our existing players focusing on CS:GO have chosen to move over to a new Teamspeak server in recent months (this is an entirely different discussion that could easily derail this one).

Taking all of these factors into consideration Blackhawk47 has decided to migrate the CS:GO servers away from PURE resources and spin them off into his own entity. This was a mutual decision made between the CS:GO lead and members of PURE’s Core Leadership team. The migration has our full support and at present the existing servers will redirect users to the new IP addresses hosted by Blackhawk47.

This will mean that PURE will no longer officially host CS:GO servers, though we plan to continue to provide permanent Teamspeak channels to support members of the community who wish to play CS:GO. We will also provide links to the new CS:GO servers, though they will be branded as member hosted rather than PURE official.

Blackhawk47 wanted to share some of his thoughts with his volunteers and the members of the community as well:

“I’d really like to thank everyone who helped make the CS:GO project such a success, and those who made it possible. I spent hundreds of hours setting up and maintaining the servers to be the absolute best they could be, and 63,567 unique players and 65,658 played hours later (that’s 7 and a half YEARS of play time, in the span of 6 months), I think the playerbase of our servers loved every minute of it. We’ve had players spend up to 500 hours in our servers, and that sort of dedication is out of this world. I feel privileged to have met so many interesting people who have come through the servers, and gotten to have so much fun with these people as well. The numbers are simply staggering, and 2 consistently top 100 servers is quite the feat.

That being said, while Pure is no longer hosting the servers, I’ve decided that I do not wish to see the servers be shut down completely and a huge community disbanded. It’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to successfully integrate the server’s community with Pure, but that doesn’t mean I’ve turned my back on them. I’ve decided to continue the servers of my own accord, primarily the 2 Surf servers and Minigames server. If you’re interested in coming on out to play, you can join us, and there’s more info available here: http://sneak.site.nfoservers.com/wp/servers/

I’d like to give a shoutout to my admins for holding it down while I spent much of my time on the back end making the servers buttery smooth and working 100% (you know who you are), Fivo and mish for helping me big time with back end work, and the core team for letting us try CS:GO again.

It’s been one hell of a ride and I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.”

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to add them below!

Simon/Brogdan
PURE Community Leadership Team

Posted Oct 28th, 2015 by Simon