Dear ChessJournal fans,
Almost two years ago we set out to create a solution for over-the-board chess players to record and analyse their games - we succeeded! However, after two major versions we've decided to stop development and retire ChessJournal.
We are really pleased with what we achieved and we've learnt a lot from our most devoted users, but sadly after several hard conversations we don't feel ChessJournal can continue. This comes down to a number of factors that we would like to share with you:
- We've struggled to grow a userbase for ChessJournal. Looking at our stats we have a small number of active users recording their games but demand for this kind of app seems low.
- Finding the time to move ChessJournal forward has been tough. We started this as a passion project and in that regard we feel it's been a great success but giving ChessJournal the love and attention it requires, to maintain, develop and market the app is not something we've been able to do - especially when there are much larger and more established services available.
- Cost. Simply put, the costs in terms of app store licenses and cloud services has been way higher than the revenue we have generated. Not to mention the time we've given to ChessJournal. On top of this, Ionic has also increased their prices, which makes it all the more harder for us to deliver updates in a cost effective manner.
What this means for the future is that ChessJournal will eventually stop working. Don't fear though, we want to give all of our users time to export their games so we will keep the cloud data services online until December 2018 - or for as long as we can, whichever comes first. As we have no means of releasing updates for the app, we suggest you export all of your games as soon as possible to avoid any changes to devices or cloud platforms preventing you from using the app. If you have any question please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a parting gift, anyone who has purchased ChessJournal Premium in the past has had their Premium Pass extended to December 2018. We would like to thank all ChessJournal fans for their feedback and for using ChessJournal. It's been fun.
The ChessJournal team.