As many of you will have been aware, at the end of 2016 the Ginever Alliance encountered some serious financial difficulties which led to the service being closed down. Fortunately, I was persuaded not to give up on the service and I am pleased to announce that a new arrangement has now been agreed on which allows the games development portion of Ginever to continue operating.
From this point forward, the service will be operated by a new commercial business venture called Ginever Entertainment which takes up the mantle of running Ginever and inherits the legacy of the Ginever Alliance and its predecessors. As is indicated by the name, the primary objective of the new business is to create quality entertainment. The focus will initially be video games, although we would like to expand this in future if it seems appropriate.
Due to the fact that the new operating business is commercial in nature, we will consequently no longer be seeking donations to pay for operating costs. Unfortunately, until we can get something complete out of the door, the shortage of available funding leads to a very tight budget which is difficult to work with.
Over the course of the past few months I have been restructuring the service in an attempt to get it back online at a significantly reduced cost. It has been very challenging to accomplish this, with lots of caveats, and many compromises have been made to allow for financial savings. Fortunately, the hard work has paid off, and I am pleased to announce that as of today (Monday 2 October 2017) the main website is now finally back online!
Sadly, the following services are still down:
Game Translation Service
Legacy Project archive and downloads
I'm hoping to eventually get some or all of these services back online, but this process is likely to take some time, because it is impossible for us to simply restore the services in the way they used to operate as we don't have adequate funding. Please be patient and I will try to come up with cheaper solutions in the coming months to get these services back online again.
The source code hosting and bug tracker have been moved to Bitbucket for now, to save us from having to run these things ourselves. There are plans to bring the bug tracker back under our control at a future date, but we can no longer license JIRA under the new business arrangement, so we are forced to work on alternatives. In the meantime, if you need to report issues, you should do so via Bitbucket.
For legacy project downloads: The new Robbit Launcher has been uploaded to the download system because it is currently under a special extended support arrangement. All other legacy files previously available for download on Ginever.net (e.g. RCT2 scenarios, Chopper, Breakout, Medessec Travelcade, etc) can be downloaded from our Discord server until the legacy project archive is back online, after which point they will be moved there out of the way.
I'd like to thank everyone who supported the service during this difficult period of time. We now have a new chance to get our message out to the world and to provide quality entertainment to our users and I'm pleased to be able to have that opportunity. Please try not to waste it!