This post is to provide information to the Modz community regarding the recent events involving the ownership of the Modz Website and the recent Building Competition.
The Modz website was originally started by Chasan (who had various names) and with the help of AlexRyder and Ayon (aka me). We started with the idea to create a platform where files could be shared with all the users. These files included Modz, Build files and Galleries in addition to your standard forum layout. The current Modz website went live back in October 2017.
In early February 2019, Chasan suddenly decided to leave as the owner of the site and was about to let the Modz website close. I approached AlexRyder and asked him if he can migrate the Website to a new host so we can keep the website open, to which he agreed. Chasan provided the necessary backend information to allow the transfer and then had Shay to delete his Modz account.
Due to possible changes to the 3DXChat code as shown in the release of the 64bit version of 3DXChat. This will remove any opportunity for Modz to even exist in game anymore… So AlexRyder and I have been in discussion over the past few months regarding the direction of the Modz website. Alex has expressed to me he how has less interested in staying actively involved due to the code changes So, Alex and I are in the process of transferring the Modz website to a new hosting service that will be maintained and paid for by myself.
This transfer is expected to take a month or so to complete and I will keep you all informed on that process.
I have spoken with a few of the Winners of the competition over the past few days and it would seem 3 months after it the competition finished, and to the best of my knowledge, no one has received their prize money.
As I mentioned above, Chasan suddenly decided to remove all his involvement in the Modz website in February this year and had Shay delete his account. Because he was leaving, I asked Chasan directly if he still intended to provide the prize money, he had promised for the 2nd Building competition…otherwise, I was going to cancel the competition. To which he responded he would.
Well, 3 months later it seems we have all been lied to.
The prize money was coming directly from Chasan as he had done so for the 1st Building Competition some time ago. Although now I am suspect there was never any prize money available for the 2nd Competition.
As Shay was directly involved in running the competition, AlexRyder and I did not get to involved until there was drama around the Winners at the end. To date the only information, I have regarding payments to Winners is a message from Shay back on the 29th March saying, “there is a party in the works for the winners”. What does that mean? I do not know.
But it seems since Shay and Chasan have run away from their responsibility’s regarding the competition and it’s now up to others to clean up their mess.
So to clarify a few things.
1. The prize money offered by Chasan was his own personal money that I do not believe ever existed in the first place. However, he told all of us…it did!
2. Shay was removed as an Administrator if the Modz Website because openly lying to all of us is not what the Modz Admin team is about.
3. To the best of my knowledge, there has been a lot of talk and promises made by Shay and Chasan to the winners, but 3 months later none of the winners have received their prize money.
Unfortunately, it seems a lot of us have been taken advantage of and all I can do is apologize to all those involved.
I am happy to call a “spade a spade” and say, I do not believe Shay and Chasan ever intended to pay anyone their prize money. It would seem 3 months after the competition has ended…. that is the sad truth.
If you are a competition winner and wish to peruse this further, you already have the direct contact details for Chasan that Shay provided you and you need to keep contacting Chasan. I believe Chasan is Still active in 3DXChat and you can get his new Avi name from Shay. Shay can be contacted here on the Modz site or in-game. I also believe Shay and Chasan are starting a new website so you can contact them there as well.
If you would like my involvement to peruse them, you can contact me directly via a PM here on the Modz site as well as I am happy to help but the prize Money for the competition was coming directly from Chasan.
I would also like to add, Lexzia was removed as an Admin of the Website purely because it is easier moving forward with the transfer of the website. Lexzia has been a good friend for a very long time and her involvement and dedication to the Modz website has been amazing. I thank her deeply for her involvement in the Modz Website to date and into the future.
As I mentioned above the Modz Website will be transferred to a new hosting service over the next few months and I am in discussion with web designers now and we are working on concepts for a facelift for the website. There is new content planned, and I will let you know more over the next couple of months.
However, the Modz Website will always remain a platform for you to share and find creations made by players for players. That will never change.
AlexRyder and I have always maintained an open and honest relationship with the Modz community and although we have had drama on the Modz Website before has always been minimal and we have tried to deal with it quickly and openly.
We are both huge supporters of frank and open dialogue, so if you have something constructive to add to this discussion please feel free to post your comments below.