Portalus Games Closure
Being that this may be the most important announcement I have ever made regarding Pirates of the Burning Sea I will come directly to the purpose of this announcement before we lose any readers to explanation or verbosity.
Portalus Games will cease operation of Pirates of the Burning Sea on September 30, 2018.
I wish I could say this decision was a difficult one but the truth is that it is the best decision that can be made at this time regarding the game's future. Hamled has decided to leave Portalus Games. Since Hamled is the only code writer associated with Portalus Games the company is no longer capable of maintaining the game. Without someone possessing the necessary code writing skills the game runs the risk of unexpected and unannounced shut down due to server software failures. This is a situation we find unacceptable as we have always been dedicated to a minimum of 30 days notice for our game community if the game was going to close. Rather than run the risk of all the issues that would come from a server software failure and an unannounced closure we have decided to commit to a specific closure date for Portalus Games that would allow proper advanced notice to our game community.
I would like to stress that the closure of Portalus Games does not have to result in the closure of Pirates of the Burning Sea. The game has a stable core community that has for the past 5 years been able to maintain the game servers and it is conceivable that this community could maintain the game for another 5 years or longer but it would need to be operated by a company better structured and better staffed than Portalus Games to do so. I came to this conclusion after receiving the news that Hamled would be leaving Portalus and then spending some time evaluating the possibility of continuing to maintain the game as a solo operator. While I have been able to maintain the current status and even resolve a couple of server hardware issues I am unable to resolve issues that result from software failures and given the scope of everything else involved in maintaining the game I am fully aware that I cannot realistically maintain this game alone. For Pirates of the Burning Sea to continue it needs to transition from the hands of Portalus Games to a company better able to maintain it to succeed.
Once I came to this conclusion I began inquiry and negotiations with all the third parties involved with the operation of the game to determine if this transition was possible. Overall the responses were positive and I have agreement in principle to allow the license to operate the game to be transferred from Portalus Games to an acceptable business entity capable of operating the game if one can be found. This will be my focus moving forward as it is my hope that not only can another operator for the game be found but that it may also be possible to avoid an actual shut down of the game at the end of this coming September.
I believe the first possible replacement for Portalus Games as operator should be with the game community itself. Over the years we have often had community members volunteer to assist with the game only to have to turn them away due to the company's structure and the legal requirements for compensation that the game could not afford. If a new company were formed as a non-profit corporation representing the game community it would allow for volunteers to contribute to game operation and open the possibility of a much brighter future for the game than can be found with Portalus. To this end we will begin immediately on efforts to organize a new management group. I would encourage those community members interested in joining the effort to form a new company to operate Pirates of the Burning Sea to join the community discussion regarding the subject on the community forum found here: forums.burningsea.com/ .
Updates regarding this effort and/or the search for a new game operator will be provided here when adequate information becomes available.
I would like to thank the community for its support to date in keeping the game available for play and for any support provided during Portalus final month of operation. I would encourage community at this time to pull together and take this opportunity to determine the future of your game. The game has proven to be more durable than the companies that have operated it in the past due to the strength of the game community. It is my hope that Portalus will simply be another chapter in a long history for Pirates of the Burning Sea and I believe that the strength of this game community has the power to make it happen.