Recently, it has come to light that MSI Afterburner may no longer receive updates and ‘is probably dead’. When it comes to GPU overclocking, and undervolting, MSI Afterburner is the first software that comes into every enthusiast’s mind. In fact, most gamers often only opt for this option if they want to tune their GPU. However, due to the ongoing sanctions in Russia, it seems like MSI is facing some serious financing problems which may decide the fate of the entire project.
The MSI Afterburner Crisis
Alexey Nicolaychuk, developer of MSI Afterburner known as ‘Unwinder‘ at 3DGuru shared this information almost 1 week ago. Amidst the rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, most international banks have halted SWIFT operations in Russia. As a result, MSI has been unable to deliver the necessary funds to Alexey. In fact, the project has been termed similar to beating a dead horse with Alexey in a tight corner.
No need to be that impatient. It just demotivates to do anything and MSI afterburner project is probably dead.
War and politics are the reasons. I didn’t mention it in MSI Afterburner development news thread, but the project is semi abandoned by company during quite a long time already. Actually we’re approaching one year mark since the day when MSI stopped performing their obligations under Afterburner license agreement due to “politic situation”. I tried to continue performing my obligations and worked on the project on my own during the last 11 months, but it resulted in nothing but disappointment; I have a feeling that I’m just beating a dead horse and waste energy on something that is no longer needed by company. Anyway I’ll try to continue supporting it myself while I have some free time, but will probably need to drop it and switch to something else, allowing me to pay my bills.
The developer highlights that people shouldn’t be impatient as that further demotivates him to work on the project. In light of these recent revelations, MSI reached out to Wccftech and mentioned that their team is working with Alexey and resolving this issue. This should and will come as a sigh of relief for many due to the significance of MSI Afterburner.
Our product marketing & accounting team are dealing with this problem now. Due to the war, our payment couldn’t transfer to the author’s bank account successfully. We are still keeping in touch with him and figuring out how to solve this.
MSI rep to Wccftech
In any case, people have suggested using methods such as cryptocurrencies to transfer the funds. Although, MSI has not stated anything regarding that specifically. All things considered, in this modern day and age, there will surely be some way to overcome such a problem. Whether it be crypto or a full-fledged international bank transaction, MSI will have to go one way or the other because of the importance MSI Afterburner has.