Happy New Year


Hello Everyone,

All the best wishes and welcome to a special news update to kick off the new year.
We're leaving 2013 behind us as a very productive year, and without any fancy charts we'll start with some actual numbers:

Total Registered Accounts: 2635 (Everyone registered since the early beginning)
Total Avatars: 1256 (Everyone actually logging, making an avatar and playing)
Total Items: 31403 (Including recycled items and those for sale in the pwn shop)

Top 3 Hunting ATH:

  1. Team Bob - 601.03 Dinar
  2. Team xXx Namo xXx - 459.80 Dinar
  3. Team ATH TIME! - 456.31 Dinar

Top 3 Mining ATH:

  1. Tom Hunter Smith - 350.60 Dinar
  2. Helena Star Dark - 255.98 Dinar
  3. Gonçalo Tartaruga Genital - 203.23 Dinar

Top 3 Treasure ATH:

  1. Mr Monax XXX - 354.43 Dinar
  2. Jay DeadEye Chronic - 351.25 Dinar
  3. Theone LaMoar GR - 350.26 Dinar

And that's not all... Just before the end of the year we were able to confirm that the Pro License Purchase Fund reached a coverage of 104.5%. The final donation needed was made by The Chosen One and he received the promised x2 bonus multiplier. (which was swiftly converted to some excellent equipment, supplies and cash.)

An explicit thank you is in order for all who helped raising enough funds to purchase a Unity Pro License, which happened much sooner than we anticipated. This is a huge milestone for the project so it's safe to say we are now officially ahead of schedule. We're also confident that the changes coming with Unity Pro will be documented nicely thanks to all of you who are spending time and energy on the promotion of Project ION through blogs, fora, videos and livestreaming. We've actually set a new record with 33 concurrent users on our 'old' hardware during a recent stress test. Very cool stuff!

Needless to say, we are very happy with the way things are going. The selfless manner in which people are contributing to a virtual world like ion is truly inspiring. We sincerely hope to see this type of attitude increasingly affecting the real world in 2014 and beyond...