A Personal Announcement

Ever since starting VirtualR, I put a big emphasis on the site being independent and neutral as I´ve always try to report on stuff the most balanced way possible without giving any title, mod or product any special treatment based on personal preference.

To continue with this open & transparent approach, I would like to let you all know that I´m working for Slightly Mad Studios as of today. I strongly want to point out that this will not interfere with the way I run VirtualR as I´ve always kept my day job a completely separate entity from the site and this will not change in the future.

VirtualR is set up to sustain itself thanks to my advertisers (please go check them out, they´re awesome for continuously supporting VirtualR!) and will stay independent from what I do for a living. Like I said above, almost nothing will change as I´ll still be covering the same titles and topics in the same neutral manner as before.

The only thing that I will change is that I won’t be doing any software reviews as long as I´m involved with SMS. I simply don’t feel comfortable on judging other software products while being in this position, I´m very happy to publish guest reviews though! I´ll be continuing to provide hardware reviews as usual of course.

In terms of VirtualR, there will be plenty of change coming up very soon as I´ve already shared a small preview of the new design on Twitter. The site will also be getting an all-new (and bug free!) comment system as well so there’s plenty of good stuff to come in the near future!

Rob aka Montoya

GTOmegaRacing.com

  • Mike Smith

    Congrats on the new employment.  You have always provided a great site and I hope that continues.  Best of luck.

  • Marcus Caton

    U go Grl!

  • Alex Sawczuk

    Congrats on the employment Rob!

  • Carbonfibre

    I wish yourself and Virtualr to have increased prosperity into the future. Well done!

  • Novum

    time will telll…

    congrats to the job

  • André Nascentes

    Congrats! Keep the good work  :-D

  • Tom Hunt

    Nice one! I hope you realise this means we get insider scoops now :)

  • Shane Bundy

    One of my favourite sites has someone working for my favourite developer! Right on! 8-)

  • GeraArg

    Good luck with the new job!!!!!  :-D

  • Markus Ott

    Good luck at SMS. I think about applying for a job after I shared some thoughts about race sims and Shift 2 in the iRacing forum and Ian Beel seemed to share my thoughts. Good basis if you want to do some directing stuff for a racing game and visions for the future.

  • Markus Ott

    Good luck at SMS. I think about applying for a job at SMS myself after I shared some thoughts about racing sims and Shift 2 in the iRacing forum and Ian Beel seemed to share my thoughts. Good basis if you want to do some directing stuff for a racing game and visions for the future.

  • Filipe Galego

    Good luck at SMS!

  • BSR-WiX

    Congrats..  A job well earned.

  • stabiz

    Congratulations!

  • Ricoo

    Congratulations and good luck in your new job. I hope you will help SMS to deliver a true sim with C.A.R.S. :)

  • Griffin Ross

    Congrats! Shame to not see any more reviews but transparency and disclosure prevent that. Maybe time to add another blogger who can write them instead? 

  • Clive Lomax

    Best of luck in your new venture, and the best news is the site will continue….It really is the best at what it does on the interweb.  :-D

  • Ed Luna aka eddiespag

    Congratulations.
     So does this mean that SMS is going to 100% make the effort of the CARS genre (and developing other forms of simulation)…and create a whole new world/community with an immersive and expansive website that will be well thought out, designed and interactive unlike any ever seen?   If you Rob “Montoya” are hired so that you can have a hand in it and to use your expertise on the team, then it is a step in the right direction for SMS in this revolution in the world of simulation. 

    All the very best! 

  • SergeantBoner

    First of all I’d like to say that I’m forever grateful for one of my few favourite sites that I more than once a day and I understand your decision completely!

    May I ask what position you now have been employed in, within SMS?

  • SergeantBoner

    First of all I’d like to say that I’m forever grateful for one of my few favourite sites that I visit more than once a day and I understand your decision completely!  
     
    May I ask what position you now have been employed in, within SMS?

  • gtrNL

    Congratulations and good luck.
    I’m sure you can assist SMS in making CARS truly a Community Sim…

  • Dennis Matzies

    Rob, good luck and much success in your new job.
    Great to see that the effort and commitment have been worth, congratulations

  • JohnSc

    The best of luck in your new job, and thank you for your effort on keeping this amazing site.

  • gerrymodo

    Thank you for your community support :)

  • Oli

    Congratulations Rob for your new appointment and thank you respectfully for your great site!

  • Denis P.

    Congratulations on the new job, Rob! Or maybe I should congratulate SMS ))

  • sandboxgod

    Good for you! Looking forward to their future products. Had tons of fun with Shift 2

  • Daz

    Congrats on the new job Rob.

    Hope they don’t drive you ‘Slightly Mad’ in your new role and also glad to hear that VirtualR will continue.

  • John Lennon

    Good luck and protect sim racing from arcade ideas in sms

  • Samuel Korthof

    Congrats and fair statement.

  • Kai Odloschinski

    Congrats Rob for your new job. You deserve it.

  • Ernie

    I wish you all best with your new job at Slightly Best Studios, Rob. VirtualR.net is the first daily approach for my simracing news, and i wish it will be independent in the future as it was till now.
    But things are changing and I fully understand. I hope C.A.R.S. will be a product the simracing community will proud of. (fingers crossed)

    Greetings from Germany (too) ;)
    Ernie

  • Ernie

    Slightly Best Studios = Slightly Mad Studios  :-D

    Where is the edit function, just when you need it the most. ;)

  • Montoya

    Coming with the new comment software… not long now :)

    Thanks a lot for all the kind words guys, means a lot to me!

  • Dynamitry

    Grats on the new job at SMS, and wish you the best!

  • Maddmatt

    That’s awesome, enjoy your new job. 

    I’m curious as to what your job is? 

  • Ben

    Congrats!
    And the whole ‘conflict of interest’ thing is BS for bloggers imo. Dude we follow you and we want to hear your opinion. The fact that you’re now an insider working on the future of sim racing actually makes your analyses of the games & industry even more valuable and insightful to us. Please keep the reviews coming!

  • Joshua Healy

    From knowing you as a scrub on Nogrip to SMS?
    Nice work mate, congrats on the SMS job… makes me wish I was still with Mak :(

  • Mr. A

    Congrats! :)

    I’m curious to know what position you’ve got. I guess we’ll find out once the investments begin and we get access to the forums and stuff.

  • George Neill

    Dude, congratulations! SMS is very smart for picking such a hard working and articulate individual for the job.

  • ADC

    Congratulations on the new job and a Big Thanks as always for the work you do for the sim-racing community.

  • Sam

    Grats Rob… Hey do you want to sell??? 8-)

  • Steve

    Way to go Rob! Happy for ya.  Will you leak insider information? :)

  • Petros Mak

    Congratulations Rob. You really deserve it mate. I wish you all the best. :)

  • Paul Kelly

    Congrats on the new gig!

  • Lai Yin Leung

    Congratulations :-D  You got a nice job~!

  • Markuz

    Gratz! It may mean less updates here because you’re employed by a racing game/sim developer but this is fantastic news!

  • Francisco Costa

    Good luck! Wish you the best at SMS and thank you for keep on rocking with VirtualR blot. It has been a very valuable resource for us simracing junkies  :-D

  • Rhys Gardiner

    Great to hear Montoya! Congratulations and good luck with your new job. I don’t know where I’d be without VirtualR… :)

  • Ken Campbell

    Congrats and good luck on the new gig. Well deserved! And a big thanks for VirtualR! It’s the first place I go to when I crank up the ol’ computer every morning!

  • DeDios

    Congrats for your new work, i’m really happy for you :) you’re doing a wonderful job with this place, actually is for sure one of most important places for sim community. Thanks for all and..keep up the good work!

  • Mitos

    My congratulations & thank U very much for your excellent work! I will follow as always.

  • Mitos

    My congratulations & thank U very much for your excellent work! I will follow as always…

  • Hobbs77

    Congrats and good luck Rob!

    Here’s hoping this isn’t the beginning of the end for VirualR! 

  • rusty

    gone to the darkside hey lol

    i’ll still be here for the daily news  :)

  • drandiiski

    All I want to say is THANK YOU man! Thank you for the hard work you do for us, the comunity, and for turning my curiosity into my best hobby yet – simracing. I wish you all the best in your new work and life in genral. Cheers!

  • Artur Swat

    Thank you & good luck!

  • Tony Pony

    Congrats, always enjoyed and trusted your reviews, but will feel good knowing your input is being applied to SMS, have lots of hope for what they are working on. Also glad VirtualR will still be live and kicking.

  • joseki

    Awesome news and good luck with the great opportunity. Virtualr is and has been my favourite “blog” for years now and I hope it will only get better in the future.

  • spacekiller

    Congratulations! Good luck and enjoy your new job,

    Now there is chance SMSs new title may be finally spot-on ;)

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