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QuakeCon 2020

25th annual QuakeCon! Celebrate the 25th annual QuakeCon with a global Super Stream, featuring 60 straight hours of nonstop live content from around the world. The schedule is packed with three days of celebrity influencer streams, live concerts, charity fundraising, ...

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New partner: HostSailor

New partner and server from HostSailor The amazing people at HostSailor.com have joined QuakeNet as partners and sponsored a new server hosted in Bucharest, Romania. You can access the server using the hostname hostsailor.ro.quakenet.org and the server will be part ...

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ESA Summer Online 2020

ESA Summer Online ESA Summer Online 2020 will be running in the place of ESA Summer, with ESA Summer postponed to October. ESA is a week-long event, with the primary goal of raising money for a charity. ESA Summer Online ...

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About QuakeNet

QuakeNet was founded in 1997 by Garfield and Oli as an IRC network for Quakeworld players who wanted their own 'haven' from other networks. It quickly attracted players of both Quakeworld and other games and had a few hundred users before long. Mag and Madhacker introduced an early version of the service bot 'Q' around this time. Around the early 2000's IRC become extremely popular and QuakeNet exploded in size alone with several other networks collectively known as the 'big four' comprising of QuakeNet, EFnet, IRCnet and UnderNet (Dalnet had a brief rise during this period too). Before long QuakeNet was one of the biggest IRC networks in the world and regularly claiming the prize as the largest peaking at nearly a quarter of a million concurrently connected users at any one time in 2005.

IRC has dropped a little from its peak of popularity, however it remains a strong and popular communications platform for a myriad of social and work groups. No service has eclipsed IRC as a multi-user text based communications platform so far, the rise of instant messaging does not compare to the features offered by an IRC network. No one individual or company runs or controls a large IRC network, they consist of groups of administrators who vote on issues and provide a balanced and fair oversight of the network.

This website is built using a great many awesome technologies, including:

  • Newserv (QuakeNet's modular network service)
  • nterfacer (interactive external interface to Newserv)
  • Python & Django
  • Apache & nginx
  • Memcached & python-memcache
  • Lucene, solr & solrpy
  • Postgres & psycopg2
  • OpenSSL & pyOpenSSL