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 PWizard, 11/5/2013 6:23:02 AM]
CH if you made a discounted rate for users that already have the Unlimited to make the move to the (REAL Unlimited), 'Lifetime' membership I think more people would be responsive...
I respect everything y'all are doing but I think that different options should become available instead of boxing people in with the hefty $85 for lifetime. (No, I'm not stupid, I understand it is a one time payment, which hopefully means that no more locked down trainers will occur during my upcoming 'Lifetime' membership.)