Hope you're all doing well.
I know that many of you reading this already have your fingers on the keyboard ready to get your hate on, based on what we're doing on YouAlwaysWin, and especially after reading many posts and watching videos of people hating.
It has always been our position that we do not respond to haters, but it appears that there is quite a bit of misunderstanding going on and I really would prefer that it calm down or at least try to explain our side of the story before you form your opinions.
Firstly, we still enjoy playing the maps that this community creates, and always try to remember to provide a link to the map on this website. When we forget to do so, I have asked the staff at UGX to DM me on Twitter so that I can correct the issue immediately. It is never done intentionally to hurt any of you here.
In terms of the custom maps that we have made for our exclusive use, we have our reasons for not uploading them here and making them available to the public. You need to understand that we have absolutely no problem with ANY of you playing them, but we have hired staff, part of the YAW team, that make them for us. We had to hire them as employees to avoid violating Activision's TOS as you cannot pay a third-party to make maps for you.
That being said, our issue with releasing them was that we didn't feel it was fair for YouTubers to play our maps and make money on something that we spent our OWN money creating. It was never meant to punish our viewers, subs, or other zombie players that just wanted to play the maps for fun.
In addition, we also realized that we lost the point of Custom zombies and focused too much on themed based maps, rather than creating really fun and quality maps, like many of you do here. However, as many of you map makers know, creating a quality map takes a long time, weeks, sometimes months to create.
We wanted to try and bring something fresh and new to our subs every day, which is why there are so many small and low-quality maps. Our map makers simply didn't have enough time to put into creating really good maps. This was our mistake and we accept that. The themes obviously was done to try and stay relevant. We thought they'd be fun, but in actuality were looked at as being click-bait since some of them simply had pictures.
Shortly after we realized that many people were complaining about this, and we completely understand why, we instructed our map makers to include more features and not simply put pictures in the map. This helped a bit, but even now, still doesn't seem to be enough.
We've heard people hate on us by saying "they're only doing this for views". I don't mean to be rude, but that is a very naive and childish mindset. Many people make videos on YouTube for fun or as a hobby, but there are also a huge growing number of YouTubers that make videos for a living or just to earn some extra cash. I fail to understand why so many people have a problem with this. We are just like you, but were lucky enough to grow a large community and make a full-time career out of it.
This is how I put food in front of my kids and pay my bills. I'm no millionaire, and never will be, but I love my job and hope to continue making videos for a living into the future. I've had "real" jobs, likely more than the haters running their mouths. Served 3 years reg. force in the Air Force, and 13 years as a Casualty Claims Specialist working for Insurance Companies and law firms. I've been there, done that, and I can tell you that being a full-time YouTuber takes a huge amount of work.
Despite doing this for over 7 years, I still lose sight of what's important and make mistakes. I acknowledge that we could have done this better, but here we are. Mistakes made, and I'm taking the time to explain and apologize to all of you here. If I didn't give a crap, as some will try to have to believe, I wouldn't have wasted my time writing this post. I hope that you can see that and understand.
Going forward, we have instructed our map makers today to start creating more traditional zombie maps and go away from theme based ones, not completely as we may still do a fun theme-based map once in a while, but we will be doing our best to make more traditional themed maps from now on.
We will also be releasing some of the older maps for all of you to play, which you may not want to since, well, they are box like and don't really offer much. We will however, make the new quality maps available to this community and provide a download link in our videos for the public to enjoy as well.
Again, we are sorry for what has happened and what we have done over the last year. We will be working hard to regain some of your respect in this community.
Thank you for understanding,
Niels (aka GUNNS4HIRE)