Today some rather shocking news came in. I just returned from my vacation and had a phone call with Ton to hear how things went with the Elephants Dream premiere.
It didn't quite go as I expected...
Apparently it took a movie project to convince Autodesk of the real power of Blender and the threat that it poses to their own product line. Yesterday, I received an offer of 2.4 million dollars for terminating my involvement with Blender and staying away from the internet for the next five years.
Ton further commented that the last seven months took away all the last bit of energy that he had left and that he will spend the money on a house with a private beach on a tropical island.
I know that this will disappoint many people but I have spent the last 10 years of my life on Blender. It is now time to think about myself and I am confident that others will take over my old role.
Personally, I am not convinced of the latter and this leaves me very worried about the immediate future of Blender. Is our only chance to start a new community fundraiser to counter Autodesk's offer?
Update: Ok, this was enough fun for one day! I'm amazed at how many people fell for this April fools story ;-) As far as I know, Ton is still very much in Blender development so no worries!