Today we are introducing Premium Memberships on SuperBru, offering players the opportunity to pay a small monthly fee to remove advertising and enjoy some extra benefits.
Our key policy with this is to ensure that the free-to-play SuperBru experience will not be diminished in any way, but removing advertising frees up some space on the site which can be used differently.
SuperBru has always been free to play, and funded by the advertising that we run on the site.
We recently ran a short survey on several tournaments in different regions, and found that a small percentage of players would like the option to turn off the banner advertising that we run on SuperBru, with a nominal fee to offset the reduced advertising revenue.
When we tested switching off ads for staff users, it felt cleaner and the pages loaded ever so slightly faster – but it also created more space, particularly at the top of every page, and we started looking at ways to make better use of it.
So along with removing ads, a SuperBru Silver or Gold membership will also give you the new Premium Toolbar, which has useful alerts and links to picks you need to make, pool invitations to review, Brumail, and direct links to any pools that you captain.
Over the coming months, we will introduce Gold Membership to add to Silver and Classic (the standard free edition that will not change), as we add a few more features and benefits to each package.
Check out the new Memberships page on SuperBru that explains what is included for each, and feel free to send in any queries or suggestions.
The General’s Club
Another planned feature to come in late 2014 / early 2014 is The General’s Club, which will be an exclusive, members-only community within SuperBru, headed up by SuperBru’s Founder, the General.
As with any SuperBru Club, it will run pools inside all key tournaments, with people able to take on The General, HQ staff and other SuperBru fanatics from around the world.
Members will be privy to behind-the-scenes insights and news on features we are working on, as well as the opportunity to test out new sports and tournament formats before they are released publicly.
Membership will be available to global tournament winners, players reaching a certain number of caps, users buying a Gold or General’s Club subscription or those specially invited by the General.
As always, please let us know if you have any feedback.