A update to cover a few issues raised:
OCN Game Modes Jed has been working hard at this for many weeks. I think there is a good chance we'll be able to keep them. They are highly polished and I would sure like to! If we are able to do this we really have the best of all worlds.
Will we offer competitive play? Yes, longer term I hope more than ever before. With the difference being we would like to offer prizes.
Part of what's driving Hampton is wanting to be able to offer more game modes. We have introduced three new ones on PE recently: Prisons, UHC, Hot Rock. The latter is one the Omsk team dreamed up on their own. This goal is a little at odds with balancing offering too many games so you don't have enough to play.
But longer term Lifeboat is known for e-sports on PE and we would like this on PC.
Open source PGM We might yet. Tony is a bit of stakeholder in this too, so I might just ask him. Jed is generally in favor and thinks that we likely would get some contribution.
We open source lots on the PE side. At least at this time, the PE server community exists because we open source the server software. Someone else would have to step up to the plate if we did not, and right now I don't think anyone else is positioned to. There are other servers out there but we're generally the ones to reverse engineer protocol changes.
You guys are all about making money! Well, we're partially about making money. You can't run a server network of any size without being at least dimly aware of it. But personally this has never been why I am doing this.
BTW, not that you asked, but, the number one reason it came to pass that I am running a Minecraft server is that it was a good project to do with my son, who started Lifeboat when he was 14. (He had been coding since the age of 7) It was a good father-son project, and we spent many hours on it together. My son has mostly moved on to other (generally software) interests, so that is no longer my driver.
At this point, I keep doing this as a mix of it making at least some business sense, but much more because in the PE side we provide a really positive environment for kids and young adults. Hydreon still makes IRL products and we could simply go back to doing just that and do fine.
So, the accusations of greed are only from people that have no clue what they are talking about.
Other random complaints
The people that are going to complain and insult are going to do just that and there is not much we can do about that. Nothing I write will surely change that! And reasoned arguments only makes them madder. (Just watch!) No point in taking them on one by one. They would only come up with more.
But whiners are a minority. We have found any number of people on the former OCN team that are genuinely talented, dedicated, positive, and creative. We expect great things from them for the future. These are individuals that would be welcome in almost any community, and we sure hope we can keep them.
The future of Minecraft, and the Lifeboat network, is much brighter than you know!