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Nations Cup 2019 finals are underway!

in Misc - posted 1 month ago by FrozenSand
Who will emerge victorious?

After a few weeks of intense competition and matches we finally have the last two remaining nations, France against Argentina in the final!

These two are going to play against each other next Sunday (December 8th 22:00 CET) for the NationsCup XXII title. (Bare in mind the date and time could change but you will find information about that in the Community Discord) This match is going to be decided by the majority winner of best of 5 maps.

Both teams have shown amazing teamwork and strength over the past little while so it's set to be one of those matches you don't want to miss out on!
While France have played a lot of Capture The Flag, they've proved their dominance in that game-mode over and over again. Argentina have shown very high skill in Team Survivor and have won 9 out of the 10 last played maps...it looks like whoever is better at their weaker game-mode will take the trophy.

We have a couple of matches being played in the meantime starring the unlucky runners up to France and Argentina. These teams still have their pride on the line and aren't going to go down without a fight! They will be battling it out for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th spots on the ladder.

Belgium vs Columbia for the 3rd and 4th spot.

North America vs The winner of ( Australia vs Germany) For the 5th and 6th spot.

As always, all matches will be streamed on twitch.tv/urbanzone/ so be sure to follow the channel and watch the matches live with the rest of the community. The match for the 3rd spot will be streamed and broadcasted live by SevenofNine tonight.

Battle of the Artists!

in Misc - posted 1 month ago by FrozenSand
Calling all artists and creative types out there!

How would you like to be a part of history in the making and add your own special mark to Urban Terror 5? If so now is the time to put those skills to the test in our FrozenSand 'Battle of the Artists'!

Here's the deal. We're in need of a bunch of artwork to help us decorate the maps with and we'd like you guys to help us make it. So we've decided to hold a competition!

If you want to help out of course... you know, we would never force anyone... and we would definitely never make special shirts for all those that didn't join in saying "Kick me" or "Not a team player" and make your character wear them for eternity... :P

So we'd do this ourselves however last time the bosses came down from level 72 to check up on our progress with the game they caught us drawing pictures and we were forced to swap job roles with Steve down in 'plumbing obstructions'. So we try to stick to the more important stuff these days. We think it's probably best for everyone.

Anyway, what we are after are 'painting' type artworks that we can 'hang' on the walls. Like one would normally do with paintings and such arty things. It could be anything though! Posters, advertising, business signs... even graffiti!

Don't get me wrong our walls look great and the FrozenSand 'wall builders' have gone above and beyond the call of duty... but let's see if we can't pretty them up a bit hey.

As for conditions or criteria for entry - there aren't any. We're not going to give you any real guidelines apart from just use your common sense and have some fun with it. On a slightly serious note though - you do need to know when you submit your artwork you are forfeiting all rights to it and it becomes ours. We just have to say that to protect us down the track from anything untowards if you know what I mean. For example, when we are millionaires with our own private islands because we've made the best game in the world ever we can't have some disgruntled artist wanting one of our islands because their artwork was in one of our maps somewhere. If you want to read the actual t&c's or guidelines of entry click here.

Some hints to help - you know Urban Terror, and you know at least 3 maps we have mentioned that will definitely be in Urt5, and you have seen the artwork that populates the walls in the current version so you kinda know what may suit and what may not. ;)

Finally, winners will not be announced. We're not going to tell you that your artwork has been chosen and make a big thing of it like, "Yay Steve! Your painting has been chosen to be nailed to the pillars in Turnpike"...nope. That would ruin the surprise! When the time comes you will just have to play it and thouroughly inspect each map and see what surprises you can find! There will be a credit for the artwork in some form that is to be decided.

As far as submitting your works, you can post it publicly in reply to this on the forums (see the link down the very bottom), or you can send it to us privately, totally up to you. It would be super cool to post it on the forums so everyone can see, admire, and have a chat about it, but again totally up to you. :)

Oh and we found a spot for that coffee mug from JohnnyEnglish... ;)

Good luck and may the force be with you!

Edit: Use the hashtag #battleoftheurtartists for all social media uploads!
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Welcome Slis! QA extraordinaire!

in Misc - posted Wednesday, 11 September 2019 by FrozenSand
Welcome Slis! QA extraordinaire!

After a long selection process we have finally found the perfect fit for our QA Manager position. His name is 'Slis' and we are happy to welcome him into the team!

Slis and his quality assurance team will be tasked with thouroughly testing the game to make sure it's ready for the next stage of development. To do that they follow a strict set of guidelines to systematically find bugs and make sure they can be replicated. They then document and submit them to the developers for a fix. It's up to him to make sure that these guidelines are adhered to and the final product meets the highest standards.

To give you a little background on Slis; he is an Electrical Engineer by trade and has a lot of experience in the quality assurance industry heading his own teams for the likes of IBM amongst others. Currently in his day job he works with computer automation and electronics. He doesn't have a huge amount of experience with Urban Terror like some of us, but for this position that's not really a bad thing at all, and will actually work in his favour.

So if you get a chance to speak with him you will quickly realize that he is very switched on and doesn't miss a beat whilst having a great eye for detail and making sure things are done the right way the first time. We think he is going to be a great addition to the team and someone we can trust to make sure the game we all love will be perfect when it comes to release.

When you see him around the place please give him a big welcome and a pre-emptive 'thankyou' for making sure this game is set to knock our socks off!

A manager of communities, or as we like to call him, Community Manager!

in Misc - posted Sunday, 25 August 2019 by FrozenSand
We have had a new addition to our team recently; a gentleman by the name of Ne0. Actually he joined a couple of weeks ago now but we thought we'd give him some time to acclimatize a bit before dropping him in the deep end at the mercy of everyone! :P

From here onwards Neo is now the first point of contact for community members regarding accounts or anything else game related. If you want to know something go to him first and if he doesn't know he can surely find the person that does! Saves a lot of running around!

Neo comes from Germany and has been around the place for quite a while - from regular pubs, icy jumps, competitive playing, being involved in Urban Zone and as an admin on various discord servers - so there is a pretty good chance you already know him. We thought it's about time we gave him an official title and put him to official use - our new Community Manager!

If you want to contact him you can either hit him up on our official discord (link below) using the tag @communitymanager, email (also below), or just yell really, really loudly. Probably start with the first two though I'd say. :P

ne0dym@urbanterror.info

discordapp.com/invite/ez4v5bv
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Urban Zone Knockout 2017

in Misc - posted Monday, 24 April 2017 by FrozenSand


Urban Zone is hosting a new KNOCKOUT event on Sunday, May 7th at 15:00 CET. The event will be streamed on twitch.tv/urbanzone and the reigning champion, deCrimzon` will be defending his belt from 2016 (video).

Signups will be done through the Urban Zone website, this news post has all the details. The first 15 to reply on Wednesday, April 26th at 12:00 CEST to it will get a spot. But if you want to "skip the queue" you can subscribe to Urban Zone's twitch channel here. Aside from supporting future streams you'll also reserve a spot in the KNOCKOUT tournament! If you aren’t one of the lucky fifteen, don't get discouraged and sign up anyway – some people always drop out and you can take up their place.

Join us on the Urban Zone Discord server,

Happy fragging!
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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

in Misc - posted Friday, 23 December 2016 by FrozenSand
From all the FrozenSand Dev team, may everyone have a violent killing spree of a Christmas and a bloody mess of a New Year.

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KNOCKOUT is back - First 2016 edition !

in Misc - posted Saturday, 19 March 2016 by FrozenSand

Sunday the 27th of March at 15:00 CET, Urban Zone will be hosting a KNOCKOUT tournament. The event will be streamed on twitch.tv/urbanzone and the reigning Crimzon will be defending his belt.

It's been over a year now since the last edition, and as France just won NationsCup XIX with flying colours, Urban Terror's eSport scene needs some more challenges in the go!

Competition wise as an event KnockOut is two hours of non-stop action where rules of fair play become a suggestion and where rules are broken by but not limited to shoutcasters narcing out campers as well as players not able to handle the pressure and intentionally lemming off of tall buildings if just for the shear entertainment value. Nothing better than participating or watching the broadcast to get a good picture. :)

How can you sign up?

Signups will be done through the Urban Zone website, this news post has all the details. The first 15 to reply to this news post get a spot. If you aren’t one of the lucky fifteen, don't get discouraged and sign up anyway – some people always drop out and you can take up their place.

Please find more information on Urban Zone KNOCKOUT tournaments here.
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Shop till you drop

in Misc - posted Friday, 14 August 2015 by FrozenSand
FrozenSand is celebrating the grand opening of the Urban Terror Goodies shop!

Now you will be able to get your very own T-shirts, mugs, caps and other items with your favourite game's iconic urt three-bullet logo! We will be adding more items upon demand. You can also customize and make your own designs for your team or family.

The shop is powered by Spreadshirt and is available in several languages. FrozenSand will use all proceeds from the shop for the game we love.

Forget Amazon, check out our store!
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We are back! No hacks, no admin errors, just Storage death!

in Misc - posted Friday, 28 November 2014 by FrozenSand
And we are back folks! Firstly, let us apologize for the long downtime. It has been quite a mission to restore services. As we know, you all like a good nerdgasm story, so let's get right to it!

The Event


Sometime around Saturday night, while RaideR was "Busy" with .. well .. let's not go there. Our primary database server suffered a HD failure. This in itself would not be too bad, however, at the exact same time our CDN failed. For those who know, running mysql from a single disc, as well as everything else, basically killed the whole server.

The bring it on moment


Okay ... so when your man bits have basically been sliced off it's time to grow (or in our case upgrade) your set of balls. We are pleased to announce that we have invested in a new set of servers costing in the region of 2,000 Euros for a whole year to continue supporting our "Legacy" version 4.2. To put this into perspective we now use the following "Beasts" to run UrbanTerror.

CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1620v2
4c/8t 3,7 GHz+/3,9 GHz+
RAM: 64 GB DDR3 ECC 1600MHz
HardRAID+ LSI 9271-4i CacheVault 1 GB 3 x 600 GB SAS 15K + CacheCade 80 GB SSD

As you can see, we have put provisions in place so that even with a disc failure our servers are MORE than capable of recovering without any down time.

The Migration

Evilelf worked hard to move our physical server to the new Virtual Environment, which took some serious Master Level Geakery. But after just a few days, we had our "Clone Server" in our VM environment. Please send all cookies to evilelf in the attached forum thread.

The Deployment

RaideR then took over the works to complete the alterations needed for the CMS to work in the new environment, after just a night, everything was recoded, reset and pushed live. Please feel free to give RaideR your kind beers in the attached forum thread.

The Continued Development...

FrozenSand are committed to Urban Terror and its community, we take its services and operations very seriously and you have our apologies that it took us this long to restore the game, so please take all your cookies and beers back, have them yourself for your patience and support.

Have a good weekend! <3 the FS Web Team xx
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NationsCup 2014 Group Draw

in Misc - posted Sunday, 19 January 2014 by FrozenSand


Now that the captains have been elected for the national teams it is time to see which nations will be facing off in the group stages. This group draw will be done live on stream this Sunday (19 January) at 20:00 CET.

The stream address is www.twitch.tv/urbanzone and feel free to join the chat before the start of the draw!
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