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    Here is an email I received from PBBANS. Had a feeling it was coming. Its now a guessing game on who cheats. Its going to be up to us now.

    RedKilla,

    PBBans has been online for almost 14 years and over that time we have undergone many changes and overcome many obstacles. From DDoS attacks to hosting changes, we have managed to come out on top providing a welcomed anti-cheat community for Punk Buster enabled games.
    However, given our continued shortfall of donations, lack of new games with Punk Buster and games moving away from server rentals we feel our only viable option is to shut down in the next few months.

    We looked at moving to a cheaper host but in the end, itís not worth the time and hassle just to stay online for a few extra months. Our server count is dropping by the day and donations too. Moving is always a pain and we end up losing streaming servers that never seem to get setup again.

    The last new game with Punk Buster was Battlefield Hardline release in March 2015 and the last listed Punk Buster update was June 2015. More games are moving towards in house anti-cheat or using newer 3rd party solutions such as FairFight and BattlEye. Many argue the effectiveness of each but in the end, itís what the new games are using.

    So, what happens after we close? We plan to host a basic site with the last banlists for download, PB files of legacy games and a farewell message of our closure. Emails will still work but the rest of the website and streaming will no longer exist at that point.

    Itís sad for us as we have all made PBBans into a good community to fight cheaters and it was a very hard decision to close but asking for donations time and time again has lost its appeal.

    Thank you all for the many years of support. You will be missed.


    https://www.pbbans.com/forums/pbbans....html?p=507669



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    Default Re: PBBANS Announcement

    Weird Maydax just posted this. They made there donation goal also. I think the email was sent jumping the gun.

    I'm thinking of trying the subscription route with the mpi and maybe a few other areas to see how that goes. Just coding it will take a bit of time with my work schedule these days.
    No matter what happens we wouldn't be able to "close" overnight. I have to give our host a 30 day notice to cancel .

    Reduced mpi for non-subs, access to some of the league only options for subs. Other site features may move into the subscription side as well such as server greetings. What moves into the subscription side hasn't been decided yet but unfortunately it's either try subscriptions or close the doors as donations alone isn't working anymore. If subscriptions doesn't help then we close our doors knowing we tried.


    It's going to be hard no matter what we do in the long term without new games to bring in new members and servers. If anyone was hoping that EA would reverse their choice of not using PunkBuster I think it's a done deal now. They made their own called "EA Anti-Cheat Technologies"


    https://www.battlefield.com/games/ba...lpha-agreement


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    Default Re: PBBANS Announcement

    Yea, I just read that

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    Ill gladly pay a subscription if they go that route.

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    Hopefully there is an avenue for people to continue using the service in the future. All of us cringed at the idea of not having the protection it offers from cheaters
    Last edited by jsimpson32; 08-31-2017 at 08:01 AM.

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    That's a shame

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    Default Re: PBBANS Announcement

    As of late PBBANS is still open for business. I have set up a monthly subscription of $10 a month under our clan name to help keep their doors open. Some of the options I had over there are now only available by setting up a monthly subscription. Its money well spent as they are invaluable to our server!

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    Default Re: PBBANS Announcement

    Quote Originally Posted by RedKilla View Post
    As of late PBBANS is still open for business. I have set up a monthly subscription of $10 a month under our clan name to help keep their doors open. Some of the options I had over there are now only available by setting up a monthly subscription. Its money well spent as they are invaluable to our server!
    Agreed! Shame they weren't getting enough support from donations. Hopefully this subscription basis works better for them.
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