I am writing this announcement with tears in my eyes, for the last 6 years, I have been running ToastyNetworks. I’ve put thousands of hours into Toasty, met many friends and learned a lot from running a community and a business like this. I was able to do all of this while having fun and meeting new faces every day. I am extremely thankful to all of you for making this possible and for supporting Toasty in any way possible, I would not be here without all of you.
Pre-EULA, Toasty was doing extremely well, we were steadily growing in all aspects and had no plans to stop. Unfortunately, after the EULA update our revenue dropped by ~78%. We expected a drop in revenue, but not to this scale.
This drop in revenue has resulted in some significant issues in terms of financing. We can afford the servers, even with the revenue drop, but other expenses such as development and other 3rd party costs are just too much. We will go bankrupt if we keep going like this.
We are at a point where we can no longer lower the costs enough without firing our lead developer, KaiNoMood. I do not want to do this, Kai and I have become good friends and besides this, Toasty needs to continue to improve, innovate and needs someone to take care of it in terms of maintenance. I simply can not handle this alone, seeing as I have a full-time university education to take care of.
This last sentence is vital, ToastyNetworks needs to live on, ToastyNetworks needs to continue to improve, continue to innovate and continue to have proper maintenance. I believe my good friend, KaiNoMood, is the right person to lead and manage ToastyNetworks. By handing over ownership to Kai, it will make the monthly development cost go away, which means that Toasty can live on without going bankrupt. Sadly, this does mean that I will have to step down as Owner of ToastyNetworks and Owner of PlayUHC.
I wish I would never have had to type those words, unfortunately, this is the only way. I’ve thought and talked about it a lot. In order to let Toasty live on, I need to step down and give ownership to someone else.
For the last few years, Toasty has felt like my child, I’ve seen it have ups and downs, I’ve had good experiences with the community, but also some less nice ones, unfortunately. We have shared a lot over the years which makes it extremely hard to say goodbye. It’s hard to just hand over your child to someone else, even though you know they will take good care of it because you know the person and you trust them.
I want to thank everyone who has helped grow this community. Thank you to the awesome senior moderators, the exciting moderators, the dedicated players, the voters, the donators, our affiliates, the developer(s) who made this all possible, the creative content creators, the development teams, event managers, and a special thank you to the best Administration team I could have ever dreamed of!
I sincerely hope you all will continue to stick with ToastyNetworks and that Toasty will continue to grow and improve. I’m confident that Kai, with the support of the community and staff, will be able to do this though ♥
I understand that many of you will have questions in regards to this. This is why I will be answering some of the expected frequently asked questions down below:
When will you transfer ownership?
– In the upcoming week(s) to come, I will gradually be transferring over ownership on more and more things. We will not be doing this in a single day, as there is no rush. KaiNoMood will be making the decisions from now on though.
Will you leave the staff team?
– Yes, I will be leaving the staff team when this is all over with. I will stick around in the Administration channels to give advice when needed on specific subjects and to just have a chat.
What will happen to ToastyNetworks and/or PlayUHC?
– Nothing besides a change in leadership. Kai and I have talked about the plans of Toasty/PlayUHC and we are pretty much on the same page in the direction of ToastyNetworks and PlayUHC. The players should not be affected by this change at all.
Will you stick around?
– Absolutely, I will mostly be on Discord. I can’t simply invest thousands of hours into Toasty and leave it completely on one day.
Will it impact the servers, my rank or anything else gameplay related?
– No, this change will not impact any gameplay or servers.
Who will the new owner be?
– KaiNoMood(our current full-time developer) will be the owner of both ToastyNetworks and PlayUHC.
I know it was a long read, I thank you for your patience. I hope you all understand and support this decision, it was a difficult thing to decide on.
I’ve had a lot of great experiences with Toasty, it would mean a lot to me if you could let me know what your best experience was with ToastyNetworks in the comments down below! (or click here: https://toastynetworks.net/forum/threads/it-is-time-to-say-goodbye.7555/)
If you have any other questions, feel free to post down below as well.
Rubbertjuh, Founder of ToastyNetworks