The reason for this change is that when we priced our membership, we didn't plan on having to produce 20+ trainers for a single game. When you pile all these updates on top of new games which also patch daily, it snowballs into a massive amount of work each day. It doesn't help that the majority of members expect us to release an updated trainer within about 3 hours of each game patching or being released.
For example, in JULY 2012, we released 64 trainers. In JULY 2013 we released 179 trainers. That's a 280% increase in the number of trainers that we had to release in order to keep up with new games and patches. In the first six months of 2012, we released 376 trainers. In the first six months of 2013 we released 897 trainers. Again, a 240% increase. We had to hire an additional programmer and have not raised membership prices to adjust for these additional expenses.
So that members not requiring access to these trainers are not hit with a membership hike, we made the decision to require a LIFETIME membership in order to download these excessive updates. You guys expect more out of us, so we expect a little more support out of you. This also keeps us from having to add an additional layer of membership beyond LIFETIME. We feel this is the most fair course of action and should allow us to continue supporting these games that require more attention than others. The alternative is to simply retire games after 20 trainers.
Ultimately you guys should be complaining to the game developers for making you pay full price for a game that obviously was not finished or tested properly. If a single game requires 20+ patches to make it playable, something isn't right.
In order to assist current yearly members in moving to LIFETIME, we have created a promo code that can be used to apply the FULL PRICE of your yearly membership towards a lifetime account. The promo code is "CHULIFEPROMO20". THIS PROMO CODE WILL EXPIRE ON OCT 31, 2013.
This promo code has now expired, however it will still work for any yearly subscriber that has upgraded within the LAST 10 DAYS. This is a grace period to upgrade to lifetime without paying the full price.
Here is a list of some of the games which will be affected by this change:
Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
Shogun 2: Total War
Sins of a Solar Empire
Max Payne 3
Company of Heroes 2
Mount & Blade: Warband
Wargame: AirLand Battle
Company of Heroes
Crusader Kings II
Defense Grid: The Awakening
Gratuitous Space Battles
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
Wargame: European Escalation
Serious Sam 3: BFE
Settlers 7, The - Paths to a Kingdom
A live list of all games meeting this requirement can be found here: Link
You may upgrade your account by going here: Link
[Edited by moderator PWizard, 11/3/2013 5:04:51 PM]
[Edited by moderator PWizard, 4/17/2015 12:29:15 PM]
when i joined back in 2007, i purchased lifetime from the start, so this won't in any way affect me, right?
[Edited by Drenus, 9/2/2013 10:40:06 AM]
This should give us enough extra revenue to cover the current list of games that patch more than 20 times. If this list continues to grow exponentially over the next 12 months then we may have to adjust membership prices across the board. There will still be no additional charge for LIFETIME members.
If you have a lifetime membership and wish to help out then you are welcome to make a donation to the site at any time.
Maybe you should add another symbol in the traiker status screen that says: 'Patch noticed - Trainer in progress'.
This probably will at least reduce the number of
The game got patched, trainer doesn't work, WHERE is my TRAIINER posts.
[Edited by madatcheats, 9/2/2013 11:11:50 AM]
[Edited by madatcheats, 9/2/2013 11:13:10 AM]
do you honestly expect the type of people who makes those whine threads will actually check the game page first?, i think you're giving them too much IQ credit
also, i fully support this change, if i wasn't already a lifetimer, i would have been after this