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Maindo
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Hi there everyone!

So today I realized that there could be a totally new way of giving players time to enjoy their membership status. I've noticed that the DXP timer has changed in the past years with the ability to pause and only use your DXP whilst you are available. This is for people that work lots and simply do not have the time to game.. sounds awesome! What could be more awesome than that?..
.. the ability to only use membership while we are online of course!

My suggestion for a game content suggestion is just that..
if memberships only counted for when we were logged in
, it would make the purpose of membership much more meaningful to players that have situations like work, kids, long hours away from home, etc. Simply put, the way membership is now is great but not all of us are able to use our membership status the way we would like to.

The majority of Runescape's player base is aware that F2P gaming is very limited and, for players playing with Bond's at least, it is beyond difficult to make money for sustainable membership. The game as a whole is more based on veteran players still playing, some of which for 15+ years. Why are we as supporting players forced to watch our membership burn away while we aren't even playing the game? If membership timers only counted as you were logged in, we could get much more use out of our game time and actually achieve more in regards to game progress. I believe that offering membership packages with log-in only timers is something that is well overdue in the world of Gielinor.

Now.. as for a thriving, living business that needs money to stay afloat.. I believe offering a higher priced package maybe from $15-20 with this feature included could perhaps help combat that. Most players would be willing to spend extra to have a buffed version of membership that is much more reliable.

Thank you very much for your time, Jagex team & players alike!
Let me know below what you think. ;)
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14-Nov-2021 13:51:47

Jeremy Cheng
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333333333 said:
No thanks! Jagex will get less income if every player only paid for the actual gameplay!

This. I'm a fan of mtx but this suggestion would mean constant mtx ads in game popping up blocking your screen.

14-Nov-2021 22:40:32

Kopaka

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I wonder how many playtime hours get clocked in on a monthly basis across all membership accounts.

If there are on average 50k members online at all times, that would be 36m hours per month.

Jagex said they made 110m GBP in 2019. That's about 1.3m players paying 7 GBP per month for 12 months. (this ignores grandfathered rates and MTX purchases obviously)

36m x 12 months = 432m playtime hours per year. 110m / 432m = $0.25 GBP per hour.



Theoretically, if my math isn't heinously off course, they could charge $0.25 GBP per hour and make about the same as they did in 2019.

But then you think to yourself, as an individual player, how much would it add up to?

If you played 28 hours in a month, you'd hit the current 7 GBP monthly rate. I have a hunch that many players would play more than 28 hours a month, so they would experience a cost hike. If you averaged 2 hours a day, you'd be paying about 2x what you currently do.

For players who don't play a lot, this would save them money. For players who do play a lot, this would cost them.

Who does Jagex want to cater to? Kinda makes sense they would cater to the players who play their game more.

15-Nov-2021 05:58:53

Maindo
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I think you guys missed the part where membership prices cost more for this suggestion? If people had to pay more for this perk it could help balance out income loss. I would hope that people would support instead of assuming that Jagex is only going to hate the idea. If enough people backed this idea we could bring it forward to their attention. I think the $20 paywall for this kind of membership would help. They are already introducing many other ways to earn money for the company in the coming months so the income issue may not be as bad as everyone thinks. “The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from enemies, it comes from those you trust the most.”—
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15-Nov-2021 06:02:44

Maindo
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Maindo

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@Kopaka

Wow, love the math you included in this post! Very cool to see that all laid out like that!

I personally think that it costing more for long term players would be fine as long as they included old membership options along side these suggested here. If players CHOOSE to buy this new version of membership then they get the perk of only logging time whilst online. You pay more for the perk, of which like you said above, players who play less would prefer as it would save them money. For players that play a lot, if it ended up costing more in the end, they could simply pay for the original subscriptions. I personally think with all of the other additions of income coming-this wouldn't rule out the ability to still make a profit. :P
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15-Nov-2021 06:08:36 - Last edited on 15-Nov-2021 06:09:17 by Maindo

Maindo
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Tenebri said:
Maindo said:
I think you guys missed the part where membership prices cost more for this suggestion?.


then why would this work?


Well the reason I responded with that post is because someone had concerns that it would hurt the company to have this option of membership. If the price was higher for membership that only tracks when online, people who play less may choose to pay this way instead of not paying for membership at all. That way they get the option to only use their membership when they actually play the game.
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16-Nov-2021 04:53:01

Tenebri
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Maindo said:
Tenebri said:
Maindo said:
I think you guys missed the part where membership prices cost more for this suggestion?.


then why would this work?


Well the reason I responded with that post is because someone had concerns that it would hurt the company to have this option of membership. If the price was higher for membership that only tracks when online, people who play less may choose to pay this way instead of not paying for membership at all. That way they get the option to only use their membership when they actually play the game.



right, but you didnt explain why this would be better
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16-Nov-2021 08:14:07

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