Nelson Sexton (DeadzoneZackZak) was a user who joined Roblox on January 1, 2013. The user was initially launched by another user named ZackZak for the Deadzone game project, hence the reason why there the username starts with Deadzone and ends with ZackZak. DeadzoneZackZak is best known for his games Deadzone and Battlefield, both of which appear on the front pages of the games page. Deadzone is a popular zombie game where players must amass food and other necessities while battling zombies and other players in a post-apocalyptic world. The game has caused some controversy because of its similarities with Apocalypse Rising, which is also a multiplayer open-world zombie survival game made by Gusmanak. Battlefield is DeadzoneZackZak's newest game; it is a first person shooter based on the popular game series of the same name that is currently under development but abandoned due to various problems that he encountered from Roblox on attempting to rectify it. Despite these issues, both of the aforementioned games had already hit the front page multiple times.
DeadzoneZackZak soon left Roblox to go on and develop a stand-alone survival game on Steam called Unturned, which is available for free and shares similar concepts to Deadzone. His rise to fame in Unturned was noted by Roblox in the July 11 blog featuring him "From Roblox Game Dev to Steam Sensation". As of 2017, Unturned has over 30 million downloads.
- Main article: Deadzone
Deadzone is DeadzoneZackZak's most popular game. The game is well liked for the terrain present on the map. The game also features a custom-made animation system for his game which features walking, crouching, and prone positions, as well as minor item animations such as eating, equipping guns, reloading, aiming down sights, and more. However, DeadzoneZackZak has been criticized by many Roblox users for adding new content without testing it and thus, leading to many bugs. DeadzoneZackZak comes out with constant updates for his massive and loving fan-base. A short series of disputes happened between DeadzoneZackZak and Gusmanak due to the popularity of both Deadzone and Apocalypse Rising, and because of the similarities between the two games. One possible reason to the negative view of each other is because Deadzone was first released on the day when Apocalypse Rising was put down, due to game-breaking glitches that were later fixed.
- Main article: Battlefield
Battlefield is DeadzoneZackZak's second most popular game. The game is a first person shooter that is currently being developed by the same players who built Deadzone. Despite the fact that the game is still in alpha testing, the game has become immensely popular. However, further development is currently halted due to problematic bugs that can't be fixed.
Quitting and Moving On
DeadzoneZackZak's account was hacked and his game "DEADZONE" was uncopylocked for a brief moment. this allowed the hacker and multible users to copy his game. It is still unknown who the hacker was, but this resulted in DeadzoneZackZak to shut down his place permanently.
After this, he would officially leave Roblox and never come back in order to start developing other games such as Unturned on the Unity Engine, which would go on to become much more popular than Deadzone.
- DeadzoneZackZak was accused by players many times for having no originality, as his game, Deadzone, had the same features as a similar game of the same genre, Apocalypse Rising.
- According to DeadzoneZackZak's Twitter account @SDGNelson, his real name is Nelson Sexton, he is 21 years old, and he resides in Canada.