Happy Anniversary Xonotic!

Greetings everybody! This year marks the tenth anniversary since the first commit was pushed to Xonotic’s repositories, ten long years and still going strong! It’s truly incredible to see just how far the game has come during that time, many battles fought and friends made along the way.

Before we get too sentimental about the old days though, let’s take a look at what’s been going on and what there is moving forward, shall we?

First of all, let’s talk briefly about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I’m sure many of you are familiar with this regulation, either as privacy buffs or through those cookie pop-ups you see on most websites nowadays… in short, the GDPR is a law that passed to protect the privacy of users on the internet, to ensure you are not tracked without giving your consent.

Now that we have that cleared up, let’s move on to how this has any bearing on an open source game like Xonotic:

Thanks to the amazing work of Antibody, we’ve had the privilege of being able to keep track of our matches and the servers we enjoy playing on since all the way back in 2011 with XonStats. The game simply would not be the same without this incredible resource! However, with the GDPR act in place, we face an issue of maintaining a convenient gaming experience while ensuring nothing is done with your information without consent. In fact, this issue is so important to us that we’ve chosen not to release a new version of Xonotic without making sure the game complies with these new legal requirements.

Rest assured though; Xonotic is far from dead! The brightest members of this community have been working on the issues preventing a release from happening, while the rest of us have been hard at work to ensure Xonotic 0.8.3 will be well worth the wait. The patience and support from the amazing individuals surrounding this community has been a tremendous help in keeping spirits up through these challenging times.

That just about does it for the rambling here, let me just finish up by saying: Happy Anniversary Xonotic! Season’s greetings to you all and keep on fraggin'.

Xonotic is a free and fast-paced first person shooter for Linux, macOS, and Windows. It combines addictive, arena-style gameplay with rapid movement and a wide array of weapons. Xonotic is available under the permissive GPLv3+ license. Download your copy today!

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