Mojang has finally started to punish servers not following the EULA, sadly for us, that means even us now.
In august almost two years ago, Mojang announced a new set of rules, the EULA (End-User License Agreement). These rules have to be accepted by every server in order for it to start, so everyone accepted it, thinking Mojang wouldn't punish those breaking the rules anyways.
The rules, shortened, say that you cannot sell anything on a Minecraft server, that gives one an ingame advantage. This includes items, classes, sharpness, boosts or even ingame currency (points in our case.)
Eventually, Mojang announced that they would punish those breaking the rules, which caused for some servers, including ourselves, to alter our server to no longer break the rules. Unfornunately, almost a year passed and Mojang still didn't punish anyone.
This led for many, including us, to go to near bankruptcy, since servers who didn't follow the EULA could offer way better rewards for donating, and we no longer got the money we needed to run the server. So we changed back, since they didn't punish anyone anyways.
Almost another year passed since then, and just now we're starting to get back up from the damage that left us, Mojang has to decided to finally act. They are now blacklisting any servers that do not comply with the EULA.
For this reason, and I very much disagree with this as we were never a Pay-To-Win server, we are now forced to disable many donator rewards. The list of these goes as following:
- All donator classes (These classes have been turned off until we have a plan of what to do with them next)
- Daily point bonus (has been completely disabled)
I can understand that this would make donators VERY angry. They paid for something they now no longer have the items they paid for. I am, about this, very angry as well. I promised you these rewards and I would like nothing more than to give you what I promised. Sadly, I don't have the power to do this anymore.
This also has a very big problem for the server itself. Without these rewards the donations will go down rapidly. That means we might no longer be able to pay for the server, and will have to find a different way of supporting the necessary costs.
If we do not comply to these rules, Mojang WILL shut us down. This means the server will be gone entirely. The coming weeks will be very hard for me, as I will be trying to think of what I can do to replace the removed rewards and help the server remain in tact, but also have my final exams, that are very important for me.
I hope you can understand that I can't do anything against this right now. I will attempt to do what I can to still make sure your gameplay is as fun as possible, but right now, I am, truely, powerless.