After 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.
How about .... April the 1st ..... :) ?
good one,, had me for a micro second, until i looked at the date. phew.
I gues it's 1 April today...
...that one was weak...
Cool banner! I've always hated antialiasing!
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 :)
YEHHH, sure you did!
WTF magazine, lol.
Come on you guys, the bigger a lie is, the harder it is for people to believe it:D
almost got me
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!
WTF nice abbreviation
WTF magazine - that just have made me ROTFL!
Well, i knew it^^
You should better work on 2.5 than think about bad jokes!
In the last days nothing happens!!!
thanks. But the one about Ton not being able to contribute to Blender anymore was way better! Yay to WTF!
WTF - hahahahaahaah
Lol, Nice one. My fave is the ol' autodesk buys up blender posting tho!
WTF! shit, i have fallen for every april fools joke i have heard these days. 80 thank god to comments! ;)
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 ...
I hope all of us Editors get a share of the 'undisclosed financials' ;)
We'd all like to live comfortably as well!
Ya.. First think I thought was "aah... april first". Need to think up more plausible ruses.
hahaha scary stuff :D
Guy for one moment you afraid me.
+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...
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
Would be awesome if you would manage to convert JesterKing from windows to linux :P since he's the windows release manager. Now that would be a good laugh :P
Stupid me... I've been trapped ! Well done. I was worried!
If I wouldn't look in the calendar today You Bart Are by now my death cause :)
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...
You could told us how much they paid for ...
Imagine 0.01 cent per click ^^ ...
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.
My heart stopped beating until i began to read comments *phew*
Haha, you had me! Though the WTF acronym aroused my suspicion... :-)
Wow I was scared!!!!! I am still shaking... :)
NIIIIICE. WTF magazine! OF COURSE! LOL!
In Australia, it's called FTW - Fun Tech for Windows.
what da fuck ?
Please, kickoff that flag!
dammit I will go on hunger strike and start a street protest. lol!
You got me, even after looking at the date. I had to read the comments to figure this one out.
Good one, again!
Yes, you got me too ! when i saw the banner i said: oh my god !!! they sold there ass ! :D
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
Because it's April Fools day! ;)
It would be better and cooler to sell BlenderNation to Playboy! =P
LOL! You got me for 1 second! hahaha
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
Honestly this wasn't even that believable. Funny but unbelievable.
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!)
yeah right... APRIL FOOLS YEAH!!!!
Better one than last year ^^
almost you got me... hahaha...
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.
:) like the banner.
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)
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! ^_^
WWWoooooww, this is the first april's fool you don't got me, yeah, this time you have a good joke, Happy 1st april!!!.
Sephiroth the Bimbo Master
haha, very funny, but I was prepared!
Dude, this had me worried...don't ya just love April the 1st.
Long live Linux!!!!
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
Totally had me there. 'Serving the Windows Blender community?' Give me a break!
Primeiro de abril! April the 1st! :D
Oh great. Next thing you now you'll be releasing blender as open source.
Nice! I almost had a heart attack untill i rememberd the date! WTF magizine was funny too.
It's about time BlenderNation stopped being a snobby, self-serving outpost for pretentious Linux fanboys.
I hope this will speed up Blender 2.5 development. only windows version of course ;)))
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)
@Wahooney: why so serious?
AND i'M THE BEST ANIMATOR IN THE UNIVERS ;)
That was great!
that was NOT funny...
Hahaha, had me going there until i read the comments....
WTF magazine lol
WTF......like we say in france POISSON D'AVRIL
LOL ROFL LMAO
plz send money to ....WTF 0032785987 NATO for keeping site alive
Happy blending ;)
That one got me for a sec. :)
SHHH! Microsoft might take your mock offer seriously
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 .
oh it's a joke? I was so excited :(
Arrrrrrrggghhhh - you trapped me ... Great Bart well done ;-) !!! (I was so shocked first moment...)
WTF is right. This better be a joke. I'll stop coming here if MS took over.
The name of the company is the biggest joke!
Good one, this made me laugh.