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This announcement post is long overdue, and for that, I can only apologise.

Before we get into things I would firstly like to state that there are absolutely no plans to completely shut down Gontroller. I have always said that as long as people are still playing (no matter how few) we will absolutely do our best to keep the server online.

Gontroller has been a massive part of my life over the past 3 and a half years and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you, the community, to create a high quality server that provided hours and hours of entertianment and enjoyment. A ton of mistakes were made along the way, but there really is no better feeling than seeing people have fun on something you helped to create.

As I am sure you aware, my activity in the past few months plummeted. My once glowing enthusiasm dwindled and I needed to take a break.

It is no secret that I am currently working on a new server, which I hope will one day surpass the success Gontroller once saw. I know some of you will be dissapointed that my efforts are not being focused on revitalising Gontroller, but there are many reasons that it has to be this way. A big rethink and fresh ideas are going to be required to bring the fun back to Faction's.

Gontroller is unfortunately going to be in a bit of a limbo state for a while whilst I focus my efforts on the new project. Whilst we would love to bring someone else in to run the server, we would hate to see them try and milk the community we created for a quick buck and then dissapear after only a few months. Skeggs is (finally :D) learning to code so there is always the option of him taking over that side of things in the near future.

Whilst this isn't a goodbye, I would just like to extend a massive thank you to the staff team, old and new. Without them Gontroller wouldn't have succeeded in the way that it did.

I'm sure there are a lot of questions you want answering, so I will do what I can to answer them.
July 2015

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The time has come to announce the winner of our gaming PC giveaway!

From 00:00 July 31st 2015 UTC to 00:00 August 14th 2015, every hour played by each player counted as an entry into our giveaway to win a gaming PC up to the value of 1250 USD.

In total there were 58661 recorded entries by 3419 players during this time period!

A copy of all entries can be downloaded here (Microsoft Excel file)

Without further ado, I am happy to announce that the winner of the gaming PC giveaway is riley767 (a6fd83e2-a77b-43a6-8822-ef09740f1afc). You will receive instructions about the next steps over the next few days via /mail.



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Youtuber of the Week | 8.0 Week 40
Many weeks into Gontrollers 8th Map and bases are starting to reach an impressive level of creation, both defence and design wise. Factions making lots of money, impressive builds, grinders and farms. In this video @Bloom takes us on a tour around hoarders base (Note: This is from before @Afro_bear99 began his hunt for a free optifine cape!) giving us a quick-stop tour of their rooms, grinders and farms.


@Lepax246 takes to YouTube in the most evil of ways!


You can also check out Danishmans latest video. During the intro of which he destroys a beautiful piece of artwork.




We also cannot forget @Danishman222, @rtr @Syed and @Dat_fatass with their ongoing series be sure to like, watch and subscribe to them all

www.youtube.com/rtr00lz1 www.youtube.com/iSyedx
www.youtube.com/Internationalman222 www.youtube.com/dat_fatass

The YouTuber tag is awarded to those active and regular Youtubers who are working hard to produce awesome, consistent content for Gontroller players, the videos are not always polished but they’re always looking to improve! To have a chance to have your videos promoted...
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With our iPad prize draw now over and a shiny new iPad on its way to @Bobby_ , it's time to up the stakes and announce an even bigger prize draw!

In order to obtain entries to our prize draw, all you need to do is play Gontroller, just like you usually do! Every 60 minutes you spend playing on the server you will receive an entry to our giveaway increasing your chances of winning.

The Prize
We will be giving away a brand new gaming PC (or laptop) specified to your liking, up to the value of 1250 USD inc taxes (or equivalent in your local currency at the time of drawing). You can choose to have peripherals included (such as monitor/keyboard/mouse) so long as the total value does not exceed 1250 USD. The PC and/or peripherals will be bought brand new from a single online retailer in your country of residence. No other prize substitutions will be offered.

We are aware that some of you may only need the tower, or already have a copy of windows, which is why we are offering this flexibility rather then saying you will get something of our choosing.

No warranty for the prize will be provided by us but we will assist you with any issues through the retailer.

How to enter the giveaway?
Basically all you need to do is play Gontroller during the specified time periods below!

Starting at 00:00 July 31st 2015 UTC and ending on 00:00 August 14th 2015 UTC all of your minutes spent on Gontroller will start being tracked. If you are online at the starting time please relog your account to begin the tracking process. Only complete minutes will be tracked and each 60 complete minutes will give you another entry. As a Gontroller player, you will be gaining entries for doing nothing you wouldn't normally do! This is open to players of all ranks and no purchase is necessary.

Eligibility
This prize draw is open to...
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Youtuber of the Week | 8.0 Week 39

With a great 2 weeks of Mojangs servers being down (and occasionally up!) we've had some great videos and lots of frustration! Sadly the much loved Faction news series by @Syed is currently on hold due to some issues with YouTube and video removal. Hopefully they'll be resolved soon.

For those of you who have perhaps always liked the idea of recording YouTube videos but are restricted by hardware limitations perhaps Bestles recent giveaway announcement is for you. You can find out more at www.gontroller.com/gamingpc

For this weeks video we have @Bombers he has been posting some great videos lately both a mixture of PVP Montages and chaotic Factions gameplay (And some very strange fights in the thread comments), here we have to nice PVP Montage videos. One of them as a 400 subscriber special. Any tips or advice for improving his videos in the future would, I'm sure be very much appreciated!




We also have @Bloom continuing his useful "How to PVP series" HERE and @Ganderson0 returns with his clear and useful Minecraft Tutorial series' HERE (Would love to see some more base-building/Faction specific content!)

We also cannot forget @Danishman222, @rtr @Syed and @Dat_fatass with their ongoing series be sure to like, watch and...
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Here at Gontroller we have an incredible amount of unique features, plugins and tweaks that it can often be a difficult task for new players to find the information they want to know.

For a while now we have had the server guide (which can be found here for now) which is just a simple page outlining some of the features, but this just doesn't cut it.

Over the past few weeks @1092CQ, @Barney, @Hitzzz_ and @KingTerra have been working behind the scenes creating an entire Wiki dedicated to all things Gontroller!

The wiki can be found at http://www.gontroller.com/community/wiki_index/ and it covers pretty much everything, including ranks, custom commands, tips, rules and much much more!

So go ahead and give it a read, even you veteran players might learn a thing or two!

The Wiki will be constantly evolving as modifications to Gontroller are made and we will possibly be recruiting Wiki contributors soon!
The first of our mega summer giveaways here on Gontroller is now over and it is therefore time to select the winner!

In total there were 51,884 hours recorded by players on Gontroller during the competition period.

All of the entries were put in an excel spreadsheet (which you can download yourself here, note the data is UUID's so convert using http://mcuuid.net/ or similar). A random number between 1 and 51884 was then generated on random.org by Carl (he couldn't see the spreadsheet data, so no bias!) and the winner was the UUID on the corresponding row. If the winner was a staff member or cheater another random number would have been drawn until an eligible winner was found.

The winning number was 34623 which corresponds to 1ec34841-0c87-4ccd-864b-12f6d3300425, Minecraft username Bobby600!

Congratulations Bobby600, please get in touch to claim your shiny new iPad!

Next week we should be starting mega giveaway number 2, and this time it's going to be a gaming PC!
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THIS IS NOW CLOSED, RESULTS COMING SOON
Our third birthday is just a few days away so it's time to announce our biggest giveaway ever! We are giving away an IPad Mini 3 (Wifi, 64GB) to one lucky Gontroller player!

In order to obtain entries to our prize draw, all you need to do is play Gontroller, just like you usually do! Every 60 minutes you spend playing on the server you will receive an entry to our giveaway increasing your chances of winning.

Entry Details
Starting at 00:00 July 8th 2015 UTC and ending on 00:00 July 22th 2015 UTC all of your minutes spent on Gontroller will start being tracked. If you are online at the starting time please relog your account to begin the tracking process. Only complete minutes will be tracked and each 60 complete minutes will give you another entry. As a Gontroller player, you will be gaining entries for doing nothing you wouldn't normally do! This is open to players of all ranks and no purchase is necessary.

Multi-logging to gain extra entries is not permitted. Only the first account logged in per IP address is tracked to stop abuse of the entry system.

Eligibility
This prize draw is open to Gontroller players from Europe, the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The prize draw is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The winner must agree to put us in contact with their parent or legal guardian should they be considered a minor in their respective country and the prize will then be awarded in the name of the minor's parent or legal guardian.

The Draw
On or about July 25th 2015 the winner will be drawn at random based upon the total amount of eligible entries received. The winner will then be contacted via the ingame /mail system with further instructions. Should the winner not reply within 1 week, a new winner will be chosen from the remaining eligible entries.
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Youtuber of the Week | 8.0 Week 38
As we progress more into Gontroller 8.0 we are starting to see some great raids, great base progress and of course lots of PVP! With the staff vs players (Where I clearly dominated!) giving players a great chance to take on the staff team and their amazing pvp skills to win some amazing prizes.

Also this week, @Syed and @samjepo have launched a new website for their regular Faction News series more information on that can be found HERE

Last week we had two great active pvp videos so this week we're going for something a little different, @Dat_Minion returns to Gontroller and his YouTube series and a nice speed build of his Factions fishing area. A nice contrast to the chaos of PVP and raiding videos just sit back and enjoy!


And of course, mentioned in a past YouTuber post @End finally managed to complete his second "Ultimate PVP Experience" video which can be found here:


Another special mention for @Bombers he may have forgotten about us in his Video description, but his constant videos are certainly something to look out for!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOrJo6f_xus
We also cannot forget @Danishman222, @rtr @Syed and @Dat_fatass with their ongoing series be sure to like, watch and subscribe to them all...