Today is the big day, and we've risen to the occasion. In a half hour, the player count for Half-Life 2 skyrocketed from approximately 3,000 to 13,216, representing a concurrent increase of 10,000. Also, during the event, we had a record of 607 people in group chat.
Our primary goal was to unite Half-Life fans in a unique and interesting way, and that was accomplished. Whether or not Valve will respond has yet to be determined; however, seven years after the release of Half-Life 2, over 13,000 fans have returned to play it again, together. That means something.
We were very close to reaching the top 10, finishing in the 11th spot on the list for concurrent players in a game, just short of our secondary goal. However, we were anticipating to gather around 10,000 concurrent players, and those expectations were surpassed.
I am personally impressed with what we've achieved today. We're nowhere near done -- in fact, we are currently in the process of planning new activities; this was only our first attempt, and, in my eyes, was a success for everyone.
If our group closed today, I would be proud of everything we've done and all the Half-Life fans who were able to unite together and work towards a common goal. However, we've got no intention of stopping now; this is only the beginning.
I'd like to thank everyone for what we were able to accomplish today. Together, I know we can achieve even more. :)