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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...
Sorry these are a bit late, blame uh, Carl?

May top 500 voters

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We have began working on a Facebook page for Gontroller, and what better way to make it known than a coupon give-away!

There will be a $150 coupon up for grabs as the grand prize, as well as 2 $50 coupons as runner up prizes.

All you need to do to enter is like the page (found here https://www.facebook.com/gontrollerfactions) and make a comment on the status mentioning the give-away (it should be fairly obvious!) with something positive along the lines of "Gontroller ftw". Don't go commenting multiple times though, commenting more than once won't increase your chances, and may end up disqualifying you entirely.

You have until Saturday 11th July, 10pm GMT to enter, and if your name is chosen (it will be done similarly to how we choose the monthly coupon winners) you will receive a message from our Facebook page asking for your username (which you will have 1 week to reply to before we pick somebody else at random).

Good luck!
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Youtuber of the Week | 8.0 | 37
With a new map comes a lot of chaos and frustration, working on bases, sorting out factions and making money. However it has been great to see all the videos submitted of the past few weeks, from base progression, PvPing to even a raid or two and we are excited to see what else is to come!

This weeks winner is an old player who is back to show off his PvP skills. Sit back and relax while you watch him take on multiple enemies at once. We hope to see more videos in the future. @Thefiresgone He's also been playing in the LMS a lot lately, so I hope to see some of that!


In addition to Fires another notable person is @rtr with his on-going and popular series following the antics of Demonic and their progress this map he has (or will be soon!) been given the [YT] Tag indefinitely as long as he keeps producing great Gontroller content for you all. (Will also be producing a wonderful frozen machinima for us all to enjoy!)


As promised in my last post, a number of players who posted videos during the time I was too busy with reset things each have been (or will be) rewarded in-game with things to help them on their progression through 8.0.
Dont forget to also check out some other videos from the past few weeks from the end of map 7 to the start of map 8!

@carter246 with his base tour from 7.0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KiX0hCsCTQ

@smallzjay with the beginning of his Gontroller series, keep it up!...
It has come to my attention that a lot of Factions have constructed large, automated farms that make use of a metric shit-load of redstone and pistons. This is having a negative impact on the server's performance (more-so than wall genning) and cannot continue.

I am not saying automated farms are not allowed, they most certainly are. However if your design makes use of a lot of redstone you need to take precautions to ensure that you are not impacting the server.

Particularly bad are designs that activate a lot of redstone/pistons etc at once for no reason. Make your farms more modular so that only the redstone that needs to activate is activated. Redstone clocks that trigger a lot of activity constantly are also a big no-no.

I am aware that conforming to this will affect your farms output but right now it's absolutely necessary.

I will be monitoring and finding 'bad' farms and switching them off whilst I continue to work on this situation.