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Helsinki

Friday, September 24th 2021

Hey friends,

I'm very happy to roll out a new server location for our neighbors up north in Finland.

Helsinki is a really cool place, with a lot of really cool features, like an airport.

In all seriousness, Finns have been huge supporters of PopFlash and I'm really excited to be able to give back even a little bit by giving you a local server.

Thanks for sticking by, your support truly does mean the world to me.

-switz

As has become tradition here, a little aside: I live in the USA, but over the pandemic, for about a year and a half, I found myself picking up a new sport: disc golf. And somehow, disc golf has become the fastest growing sport in Finland. So I'd really love to come visit some day, maybe play a few of your courses. If you're into disc golf yourself, stop by our discord and I'd love to chat with you about it. I just finished watching Väinö Mäkelä play on Jomez, hope he has a great tournament this weekend! See you at the Åland Islands!

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Singapore

Tuesday, October 27th 2020

Over the years, we've had more than a few requests to expand to various regions. For example: Australia, Turkey, and the ISS.

In many of those regions, we've been able to add PopFlash coverage, but some remain untapped.

One of those oft-requested regions has been SEA.

So today, I'm happy to report that we're rolling out Singapore servers for your use. Per usual, these servers are included at no extra cost to all PopFlash Supporters.

I've got some really exciting things in the pipeline that I can't wait to show you. In the meantime, though, I want to profusely thank you all for your support. It means the world to me.

-switz

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Portland, Oregon

Friday, May 29th 2020

We're always looking to grow our coverage and, now, arguably the most beautiful section of North America is covered. The breathtaking Pacific Northwest.

I feel bad about encouraging anyone to stay inside and play CS:GO rather than enjoying the fresh air up there, but it is what it is.

Enjoy.

-switz

Crater Lake, Oregon [...]

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İstanbul, Turkey

Thursday, May 7th 2020

We've seen immense growth in Turkey these last few months and we've had a ton of requests for servers closer to the Middle East as well as the rest of Eastern Europe.

So I'm happy to announce a new location available today to all users in İstanbul, Turkey.

Sağlığına!

-switz

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Hostages

Wednesday, May 6th 2020

Many people have requested PopFlash support hostage maps over the years. And I always hesitated, for little reason other than the fact that I enjoy saying 'no.'

But today I get to say yes.

cs_office and cs_agency are now available to play on PopFlash.

Enjoy!

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!extend warmup

Monday, May 4th 2020

How often are you waiting on that 10th player? It's happened to me, it's happened to you, hell, I'm sure it's happened to Sinatra too.

Today I'm rolling out a new in-game command for PopFlash Supporters: !extend

It'll delay the warmup from ending and give you an extra few minutes to allow your friend to figure out how to open the CS:GO console.

Hope you're all safe and sound out there. More soon.

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GOTV Support

Friday, April 24th 2020

I wanted to release GOTV as a paid feature… but in the interest of releasing as many features as possible for free, I’m happy to report that GOTV (32 tick) will be a completely free feature.

GOTV is available now. And it will not shut off before the match is over.

In the future, 128 tick spectating WILL be available to those on a higher tier — I’m not fully altruistic.

You can find the GOTV connect command on your leader’s match page, and they may share it with anyone. That is merely to avoid confusion on which IP to connect to.

-switz

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Picking Teams by Captain

Monday, April 20th 2020

Today I have another new feature for you: Picking teams by captain.

Just select the "Pick Teams" button in the scrim and each captain will be asked to select teams in an "ABBAABBA" format.

Enjoy!

https://twitter.com/popflashsite/status/1252304111913099264/photo/1

-switz

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Map Bans/Vetos

Friday, April 17th 2020

Today I’m rolling out an oft-requested feature: MAP BANS/VETOS.

Just select "Map Bans/Map Veto" as your 'map' in a scrim and once everyone accepts, we’ll trigger a map veto.

Let me know what you think!

https://twitter.com/popflashsite/status/1251173810944032768/photo/1

-switz

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Find a Scrim

Sunday, April 12th 2020

Introducing a global 'Find Scrim' chatroom onto the PopFlash scrim page.

I thought a lot about how to best provide a good user experience for this and I kept coming back to the old days of finding scrims on IRC. It had problems, but it was always the simplest.

More soon. Enjoy!

https://twitter.com/popflashsite/status/1249396048956657664/photo/1

-switz

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Coronavirus Update

Wednesday, April 1st 2020

Due to coronavirus and the widespread social distancing, PopFlash has seen an unprecedented level of usage these past two weeks. Nearly four to five times (4-5x) our normal levels, and growing. I'm talking 5,000 matches x 30,000 players every day on the way to costing more than $8,000/month in server fees.

For the last five years, PopFlash has been entirely free. I have never put up ads nor have I ever sold your data. I paid every dime out of my own pocket. While I have accepted donations, they've covered less than 6% of the total costs. And PopFlash is a team of one person. I'm not complaining; I did this because I enjoyed it.

Unfortunately, it's reached a point where I literally can not sustain nor afford to run PopFlash for free anymore. The costs are just too high. [...]

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