I am relieved to share the news from three weeks ago (not sure how I missed it!) that EQ2Interface, EQ2MAP, and all the other MMOUI sites have been reacquired from ZAM and will now once again be run as independent sites. The idea of losing EQ2Interface (and ProfitUI, DrumsUI, DarkUI, EQ2MAP, and many many other EQ2 mods) was a horrifying but real possibility since the devastating reorganization of ZAM late last year.
From Cairenn on EQ2Interface.com:
Now under new (old) ownership
After a number of months of negotiations, Dolby and I have some very exciting news to share with all of you! Under our new company, Good Game Mods LLC, we have been able to re-acquire complete ownership of the MMOUI network (all of the interface sites and Minion).
What does this mean for the future of the sites? Well, I can tell you about some of the short term things that we already know: The next few weeks will be spent getting the sites transferred over to our own servers. Coming up soon ™ we will be rolling out a new layout for the sites. We’ve also decided that we are going to honour any existing Zam premium memberships for a while. What we will do about a new premium membership in the future has yet to be decided.
We are sure you may have questions for us, so feel free to ask them here. We will answer them as best we may, but please understand that we obviously don’t have all of the answers right now. Where things will go in the long term, well, we’ll just have to see.
The best news of all, at least in our opinions, is that we aren’t going anywhere. Dolby and I are still as dedicated to the UI communities we’ve built today as we were the day we opened the sites. You can’t get rid of us that easily.
Years ago, ZAM made a very low offer to purchase EQ2U (and all future sites built on the same tech including what then seemed an inevitable “EQNU” site). If we’d taken the deal, we would now be scrambling to try to re-acquire the site to save it from abandonment or shutdown.