Marieke – Associate Producer, Server

Marieke – Associate Producer, Server

Marieke

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, SERVER

What do you do at the company?

I am currently a Server Associate producer and I lead the Bugs team.

As a Server Associate producer I work together with the Server Team to constantly improve our platforms by listening to our community, creating updates and fixing issues that have been addressed.

Next to being an Associate producer I also make sure that bugs across our platforms are being tested, logged and fixed. Together with both of these teams we make sure the player experience is the best as possible.

 

What got you into this industry?

I have always loved playing games ever since I was a child. When I was around 11 years old I asked my parents to get me a Minecraft account for Sinterklaas, a traditional Dutch holiday. Dutch youtubers inspired me to start playing CubeCraft and as of 2016 I started doing volunteer Moderation work for CubeCraft.

I stopped volunteering for CubeCraft from April 2017 until the start of 2020. In 2020 I got back into the Moderation team and quickly became responsible for testing and logging bugs with one other Moderator. Halfway trough 2021 the team expanded and I got responsible for the Bugs team and became an Associate producer.

 

Fun fact about you

I love reading books and going to festivals!

 

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A Brand New Educational Experience in Minecraft; Plants!

A Brand New Educational Experience in Minecraft; Plants!

Learn, explore and become a master gardener in CubeCrafts virtual experience.

We are very happy to share the news that one of the most ambitious CubeCraft projects is now available to download and play! This free piece of educational content has been in development for upwards of a year, and showcases the awesome high quality content our team is possible of producing!

The team were extremely passionate about keeping this interactive game free, in order for as many people as possible to discover and enjoy the experience. Game Designer Chloe Byrne writes; ‘We created a free and informative piece of content. Why? We believe it’s important to offer an alternative way of learning, to give people more opportunities of staying engaged with a subject they are passionate about! Plants are vital to our existence and we want the Minecraft audience to experience this in our interactive map. We want everyone to have the chance to learn for free! 

 

 

 

The team created an experience that aimed to teach people of all ages about the wonders of Plants!  ‘We created a world where the player didn’t feel like they’re learning but they really are. A gardener guide takes you through the map and teaches you about the different aspects of the plants’.

 

 

 

 

Within the game, players can learn a number of interesting facts about plants through challenges, quizzes, and tutorials. From the very basics such as planting and maintaining a plant, to learning about their anatomy.

‘We want everyone to have the chance to learn for free!’

As you can imagine, a huge amount of work went into programming and developing each individual plant and entity in the game. Over the past couple of years the Marketplace team has pushed themselves above and beyond to make sure that each game they make stands out with a large variety of custom models, NPC’s, builds and animations! Plants is no different! On the topic of animations. ‘Each plant has its own growing animation which stops as soon the plant needs water. It will grow again when given water like a real plant and will grow to its full potential.’

 

 

 

 

We are extremely grateful to the team at Mojang and Microsoft for highlighting ‘Plants’ in their back to school campaign! The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive, with over 1 million people downloading it in the first week!

 FIND OUT MORE AT CUBECRAFT.NET

 

 

 

 

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

THE ZIAX TEAM

 

 

 

Rongjie – Quality Assurance

Rongjie – Quality Assurance

Rongjie

Quality Assurance

What do you do at the company?

I primarily test market maps both old and new, I aim to test them with the expectation of what consumer should expect in a product so that’s from ensuring guides are clear & understandable and the map is progress-able (no progress related bugs). I also test the occasional seasonal projects that are in development.

 

What got you into this industry?

For me games has been a huge part of my life from my early school days, even till now. I started off with Pokemon and ended up now playing a lot of RPGs & MMOs. I also occasionally play other games like tabletop simulator etc. I went as far as studying games design not sure how much of it was relevant but one things for sure teamwork makes the dream work. A valuable lesson I learnt back in my University days.

 

Fun fact about you

Huge fan of anime, from anime cards games to films & games. At one point I picked up learning Japanese to further my understanding for hobby and cultural reasons.

 

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Elena – Associate Producer, Server

Elena – Associate Producer, Server

Elena

Associate Producer, Server

What do you do at the company?

As a Server Associate, it is my goal to unleash my creative juices into creating new and improving existing Java and Bedrock gaming experiences!

Delivеring those products for our players to enjoy is of course no easy task, requiring strong coordination of diverse talent within our team – artistic Designers, innovative Developers and fellow Server Producers!

Providing strong support to our Anti-Cheat Team as they develop a software ensuring the fairness of our games has been yet another truly exciting and educational experience, and I hugely hope to be able to expand this support of mine to our wider Development Team.

 

What got you into this industry?

My dear cousin, lots of years ago… Still remember looking at her large and childish buildings, all the friendly mobs she had spawned around and feeling scared by monsters even in creative mode!

That’s how I discovered the game and began constantly exploring it myself. I learned about CubeCraft from Youtubers, instantly fell in love with Speed EggWars and became an extremely competitive player with thousands of wins.

My competitive journey eventually came to an end as I felt a greater purpose taking over my time on the network – volunteering. CubeCraft was now no longer a game, but a second family and home, and I felt ready to give my heart to supporting it!

 

Fun fact about you

I daydream, visualize and study… a lot. It’s no surprise I finally have my own Slack channel where I can spread those lessons with my lovely coworkers!

And beware… It would be no surprise if you ever found me working on any secret projects neither… Or if I daydream myself into not even remembering your name short after you’ve introduced yourself.

 

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Reinout – Associate Producer, Skins

Reinout – Associate Producer, Skins

Reinout

Associate Producer, Skins

What do you do at the company?

At Ziax I stand in for the general management of the skin artist team. Assigning projects to individual artist, requesting renders for on the marketplace, checking-in with the skin artists and just general skin management for the Marketplace is all on my daily tasks list.

 

What got you into this industry?

Since the beginning of me buying Minecraft to play on multiplayer worlds I was obsessed with everything happening behind the screens and games. Not only the visible things got me interested but also everything you couldn’t see as a normal player on a network going from Marketplace management to the vision of the company behind the network. That’s the reason why I dived deeper into the Ziax network!

 

Fun fact about you

During the weekends or evenings you can find me on a lot of events. Not to party, but to perform as a circus entertainer or work as a junior freelance event manager.

 

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