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BlenderNation sold to Windows Test & Fun Magazine


bn-wtfAfter three months of negotiations, I'm proud to announce that I've sold BlenderNation to the influential Windows Test & Fun Magazine. WTF, with a staff of 25 full-time editors are planning to put their full weight behind the biggest Blender news site. Read on for more details.

Geurt Hartsenbargher, WTF CEO:

The Blender community has proven to be one of the most active and professional graphics communities on the web, and we've been seeking ways to connect to it for a long time. This deal with BlenderNation is our way in!

The size of WTF ensures the continued flow of Blender news on BlenderNation. Our expertise on the Windows platform will guarantee high-quality articles for the entire community in the future.

We plan to expand on the current content offering by quickly launching new services such as Windows Live sign-in, paid premium content and an on-line models/materials library, fully integrated into Blender. Stay tuned for more information!

Running BlenderNation became more and more of a burden to me personally as I had to juggle it together with running my own company and my now much busier family life. Financial details cannot be disclosed, but let's suffice to say that I'll be living *very* comfortably from now on :)

This also means that the entire team of editors including myself will be stepping back effective today. We're confident that you're all in good hands though.

Happy Blending!


About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. But at a subscription price of $250 i think i revert to Povray for my 3d fun :)

    @Bart: I understand you also bought a pied-a-tere from the revenues of this sale :)

  2. Guys, I must add at this point that for each Blender related April Fools joke posted, one feature gets dropped from 2.5.

    Please help in the 2.5 effort: stop with the April Fools jokes!

  3. Really really fell for it. Damn, if I hadn't seen the posts about 1st of April I would've deleted the feed and bookmarks ... scared the hell out of me ... really ...

  4. Alex Delderfield (AD-Edge) on


    I hope all of us Editors get a share of the 'undisclosed financials' ;)
    We'd all like to live comfortably as well!

  5. +1 for the Ton - Autodesk one being the best, but I appreciate the laugh each year.

    Something along the lines of 2.5 progress being delayed for a few months due to a disagreement on Python implementation might have got a few...

  6. *yawn*


    Can you guys disable the stupid registration and perhaps use openID or something?

    Commenting here now i have made a user gets a bit annoying: i make the comment, submit, then i get to a new page where it's saying there is someone else that made comments with this nickname and i need to log in or something... then i go log in.. and comment wasn't even posted. Perhaps i should look around in there for a 'delete account' setting or something heh

  7. I've almost had a stroke until I read the first few comments and realized it's April's fool's day.
    Almost got me...

  8. blenderman345 on

    Ha. Yesterday It was March 31st so I was prepared! I just wanted to read the whole bogus story.
    Hey guys, nxt year let's trick all the n00bs. Or make bart do a Aprils fool joke on April 20th.

  9. You got me, even after looking at the date. I had to read the comments to figure this one out.

    Good one, again!

  10. what? i don't understand what it's mean
    it may because of my bad english

    why are they sold blenderartist to WTF magazine?

    i don't understand

  11. This better be an April fools joke! I am NOT going to pay for something Blender related! Why Winblows live? So now we are related to the Microsnot's services! Blender is free software! /joke

  12. Alienkid's Borther on

    Even though I'm sure it's April Fools because of "WTF": This better be a joke. We're open source and will not pay, Wincrap Live has nothing to do with Blender or open source, premium doesn't belong in open source, and Linux and Mac are WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than Wincrap.(Which is why Wincrap got infected by Conficker today. Haha! Lucky for us Linux users!)

  13. Just popped into my feedreader and the headline delighted me ;)
    That's what the Blender community is all about - friendly bozos who enjoy mucking about.

    Happy blending!

  14. I read the whole article and was thinking fuck no, but i also thought it was strange to call it WTF .. hehe.
    than i read the first comment. Thank god it is 1 april and this was just a joke :o)

  15. WTF, man. You got me there. OMG, I'm so deep-shitted. At first, I was wondering, "what the heck has Windows got to do with this?" and "How about our lovely Ubuntu now?". But then again, I checked the date, and yeah, grh, silly you. hahaha! Keep rocking on! WTF CEO rocks! hhahaha! ^_^


  16. Awwww, what about my pay? Bart, would you share some of that "very" comfortable living money with us editors? lol.

    Alright, editors, we need to set up a "post-war" nostalgia meeting, to talk over good ol' days of writing for BlenderNation... ;P lol

    Cheers! -b

  17. pfffffft. FINALLY.

    It's about time BlenderNation stopped being a snobby, self-serving outpost for pretentious Linux fanboys.


  18. Raargh... I believed it.. Just the 'paid premium content', the WTF-name, and the connection to windows was, strange...

    Nice one :D

    (It's the first april 1st joke I've heard today :O And the only one which tricked me.. :P)

  19. strasbourg Nato Master on we say in france POISSON D'AVRIL
    plz send money to ....WTF 0032785987 NATO for keeping site alive

    Happy blending ;)

  20. Lucas da costa Dantas on

    I tink someones remembered my Windows post before ,
    to have it blendered at a Microsoft Wndows Experience .
    That was a nice idea i had ,but everyones get angry about it .

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