Hi guys.. I have some surprising and bad news for you today, along with an inspiring story. The End In short, the time has come for CC to close. It has been almost a year now since closing factions and we have managed to revive the server, but it didn't do as well as it needed to for me to justify another map. I brought a partner on a couple days ago who was interested in continuing the legacy of CC, and eventually taking over the business completely, but it did not work out the way I planned. Yes, we have already been working on map 6 and were planning on releasing it, but during development I started getting this nagging feeling because I knew the server under-performed my expectations for the year, and that I told myself I would leave it in the past if that happened, so here we are. I have written the story of the server below, since it's a lot different than how basically every server you know of got started, and I'm sure some of you who don't already know it would love to hear it. Check the very bottom for FAQ's! I as well as the other staff members will be on Discord for most of the day to chat with the community, have fun and answer your questions. The Story of ConspiracyCraft The year is 2012, I'm a junior in High School and my friend Jared from Algebra II asked me if I'd ever played Minecraft. I had not heard of it at the time, so I said I'd try it out and went home and downloaded it (cracked obv). I played it for a few weeks and then my friend told me about the server he played on, ran by someone else in the school. It was called Super Epic Build (SEB). It was a cracked building/survival server that averaged 5-10 players. It was my first Minecraft server I ever played on seriously, and the only one until after CC came into existence. I bought Minecraft but still played SEB for a year, then I started getting bored because the owner never did anything with the server. He was inactive and people were just not having fun. Modding (with plugins) was gaining popularity at the time, and not many people were taking advantage of it, so that's when I started CreeperCraft (I have a gift for names, ik). Server monetization (Enjin/Buycraft) was starting to catch on during this time, so I made a store with Enjin so I could move the server off of my computer and onto a real host. The server was actually started on my laptop, true story. It would lag every time I opened Chrome or YouTube. Hosting a server was cheap in those days, so I took the first donation ($20 from DaNOOBDoc911) and purchased a month of hosting from one of the Minecraft hosts. CreeperCraft was the same as SEB, a small survival server that used factions for land claiming (the name changed to ConspiracyCraft a few months in).. Instead of the focus being on building however, it was focused on creating new experiences through modding. I noticed that despite it being a survival-based server, basically all people did was hang out at spawn and PvP. This eventually lead to the early stages of Factions and Raiding, before cannons, competitive PvP and huge obby bases. Over the years I continued to improve the server and it always changed based on the demands of the players. We experimented with other gamemodes like KitPvP and Survival Games, but eventually decided to just consolidate and do a couple things the best we could: Factions and Survival. Up until late 2016, CC was just a nice side-income. At this time I worked in construction and was 21. The server had some months where it made a lot more than I did at my normal job, so come October of 2016, I quit my job and decided to see where it would go. Each month closer to 2017, the server was growing faster and faster. The Minecraft server genre was about to realize it's true potential. I kept working on the server and growing it to the point where we had a peak of 228 players online total in the Summer of 2017. My life changed completely this year, and it was clear to me that I had something worthwhile to focus on giving the world. After the Summer of 2017 is when the game Fortnite started really taking over the competitive/PvP scene in games. We, as well as many other servers lost loads of players to Fortnite, and it became much harder to thrive in the environment as a business. 2018 marked the beginning of the downfall of Factions, releases that were not meeting expectations, the cheater problem getting worse and increasing tensions between players and staff. I continued to work as hard as I could to bring the server back to its former glory, the Map 12 days, but had no luck replicating it in 2018 or 2019. Eventually the difficult decision to close factions was made at the end of October in 2019, and we decided to focus only on Survival. This was a great decision, and the server made a huge comeback both financially and player-count wise. We didn't break our record of 228 players online again, but we did manage to hit 135 players on Survival during the worst part of the covid-19 pandemic. As it turns out, online games were and are the perfect fit for quarantine since you can both play and socialize. Things went pretty well this year and we managed to revive Survival, bring it to new players, and get a total of over 50k players to join Map 5 of Survival. Now, here we are in the last quarter of 2020. This year has gone by fast, and I've enjoyed what I knew might be my last year running CC. I hope you guys have had a great time this year, and made plenty new friends, because at the end of the day, that's what CC was originally for. The server has served its purpose over the past (almost) 8 years, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity you guys gave me. Over the years, we have had several hundred thousand unique players join CC, and that to me is a huge achievement. I am 25 now and am ready to start the next chapter of my life. We grow, and our priorities change. I would love to continue CC on the side, but it's too difficult to meet expectations and still do what I need to do IRL to ensure my future career. For the past 4 years, my life has heavily revolved around this server.. I will always cherish the memories and friendships I've made from this experience that will live on for years to come. I'm hoping that the friends you have made here will last, and the memories you made here will be remembered long into your adulthood. This was by design, my friends. I love you guys and do not regret a second of any of my time in the Minecraft community. I would like to thank everyone who ever helped out with CC- old and current staff members, developers and of course our supporters! The server would not have been possible without you! FAQ Will the Discord get deleted? Eventually yes, but not for the time being. Update: No! Sami and Billy have volunteered to run it. The community will remain in-tact. When will the server actually close? Next Saturday at 13:00 server time. Update: The server was whitelisted due to y'all treating it like anarchy week! It will open Saturday morning and stay open until around 13:00. Will staff still be around until it closes? Yes. Can I have a refund? No, unless you bought a name-change/tag that has not been fulfilled yet. Is the server for sale? No, but if the right person for the job ever comes around, at the right price, I would consider it. You can contact me for business via Discord at Jamm#0747. Are you ever going to make another server? Possibly. If I ever start another server it will probably be something that will be made to create jobs and solve an important large-scale problem in the space, rather than be a small sole proprietorship.