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MSI intends to ‘continue with Afterburner overclocking app’ despite not paying its Russian developers

MSI intends to ‘continue with Afterburner overclocking app’ despite not paying its Russian developers

MSI intends to ‘continue with Afterburner overclocking app’ despite not paying its Russian developers

Jacob Ridley writes via PC Gamer: MSI Afterburner is an application used worldwide for monitoring graphics cards, overclocking and underclocking. It’s become pretty synonymous with the general complexity of the GPU, however the app developer suggested it may not have much time left to live in a forum post earlier this month. MSI disagrees, telling us that “we fully intend to continue with MSI Afterburner.” MSI Afterburner is developed by Alexey ‘Unwinder’ Nicolaychuk, a Russian citizen who has been running the overclocking application for many years. Nicolaychuk is also responsible for the development of the RivaTuner Statistics Server, which is part of the underlying software layer that powers Afterburner. In a post on Guru3D Forums (via TechPowerUp), Nicolaychuk suggests that the development of Afterburner has been “half-abandoned”. “…the MSI afterburner project is probably dead,” says Nicolaychuk.

“War and politics are the reasons. I didn’t mention it in the MSI Afterburner development news thread, but the project has been semi-abandoned by the company for a long time now. In fact we’re approaching the one-year mark since MSI stopped performing their obligations under the Afterburner license agreement due to ‘policy [sic] Nicolaychuk says the development of the app has been going on for the past 11 months, but that could also end soon. “I tried to keep up with my obligations and worked on the project myself for the past 11 months, but it has resulted in nothing but frustration; I have a feeling I’m just beating a dead horse and wasting energy on something that doesn’t matter. “I’ll still try to support it myself until I have some free time, but I’ll probably have to drop it and move on to something else that allows me to pay my bills.”

Development of the RivaTuner Stats Server — the software is central to many of Afterburner’s functions — is materially separate from Afterburner and will continue, notes Nicolaychuk. Nicolaychuk suggests that the issue is related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and we have since confirmed with MSI that this is the case. MSI has stated to PC Gamer that payments have been suspended due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, saying: “payments were suspended due to the RU/UA war and accompanying economic regulations.” […] As this is the end for Afterburner, MSI disagrees. “We fully intend to continue with MSI Afterburner,” MSI tells PC Gamer. “MSI has been working on a solution and expect it to be resolved soon.”

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