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Due to a consistent lack of a player base in AU, the server community sponsoring our Academy map server in the region has decided to shut down this Saturday, August 3rd around August 20.
This is consistent with GameTracker's player activity data for our server and we have been unable to see any growth, unlike our expansion into SA.
We have been reached out to by those who would like to support funding this server, but without a sufficiently large player base, it would not be able to justify the rental cost or maintenance efforts by staff, and would only further dilute the remaining player base away from existing and better populated servers in this region. As a result, we will be pulling out from the AU region for the foreseeable future.
Much kudos to the SimplyTF community for hosting for us all this time, and to all AU players and staff who have stuck around during this time, we wish you the best. See you around.
Edit: Postponed shutdown day
Jump servers are now equipped with a plugin that automatically saves the latest jump you have been to within the last 15 minutes.
This means, if the server crashes, map restarts, or if you somehow fell for the good old Alt+F4 trick and closed the game, rest assured that you can simply reconnect to the server within that 15 minute window and be shown a confirmation menu to teleport back!
For casual jumpers who start the map from the beginning every time anyway, this also lets you jump worry-free without having to spam the save command like you do when you type out your essay homework.
P.S. Thanks to this, we can finally put on the much-needed map time limit on the dedicated academy map servers.