GameSpot’s paid subscriptions services ending

All good things must come to an end. here are a few bullet points about what is changing, why we’re ending it, and how this might affect you.

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GameSpot paid membership service granted subscribers additional benefits, these included things like ad-free browsing, User Created Boards, game store discounts, HD downloads, and more. Today, we’ve officially announced that we are ending this service.

What this means for our current paid subscribers, you will continue to receive all of your account benefits until your subscription term expires. The good news, some of the subscriber benefits will now be carried over to free registrants, so you’ll still receive the same benefits such as HD 720p downloads, the ability to create a user-created forum board, and the ability to select a color for user names in forum boards.

There is a detailed FAQ available to help answer any additional questions you may have. Please read through it and share your feedback as always.

GameSpot would like to thank all of our loyal subscribers for being a part of the services that we offered. And while we currently have no plans to resurrect or reinvent any paid subscription benefits if there is enough demand for us to do so we may reconsider.

Discussion

25 comments
Kcube
Kcube

 thats cool.

gamergath
gamergath

Thank goodness that Gamespot is treating all its user's equally.


gbrading
gbrading moderator

All in all a positive move, but a shame there will be no method to view an ad-free site, except, you know, the obvious methods... ;)

gamer-clemm
gamer-clemm

If you're trying to just avoid ads, just get an ad-blocker extension on either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

acd2
acd2

One of the main reasons I pay for a subscription is so that I don't have to see the ads. I just tried using the site for a while without being logged in, and those ads were really annoying. I hope you'll reconsider and let those that want to pay to avoid ads continue to do so.

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

For as long as I've been visiting this website, I forgot paid subs actually existed here....

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

It had to come to an end eventually when what GS was offering its paid subscribers could be got from other gaming sites for free. And with ad-blocking add-ons for Firefox, every site has ad-free browsing pretty much.

tmaclabi
tmaclabi

That's a sad news for the paid subscribers.

Legend002
Legend002

Cool. This is a good move by GS.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Cool.  Well, I never had any intention of paying to talk about a fun past time of mine, so I'm glad it's going all free.  And hopefully there won't be any sort of really negative repercussions.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

I don't think this will have much of an impact on the site since many seem not to be aware it even existed.  If it wasn't for coloured usernames and an emblem on your profile I think even fewer would realise.

Cloud_765
Cloud_765

I... actually approve of this. Can't wait for the benefits that paid users got that are getting trickled to us. 

JukedSolid
JukedSolid

So is this because they make plenty of money from advertising alone that subscriptions are negligible?  Either way this is awesome for us.

EPaul
EPaul

Awesomesauce !  Now i can finally get that sweet purple font colour 

starduke
starduke

I had a sub for a short time, if I remember right. I think I stopped it, because I was underwhelmed by what it had to offer. It's nice that they're carrying over some of the features as part of the free service, though.

Nathalmighty1
Nathalmighty1

Yeah I had no idea that there was a paid subscription option. Crazy!

crimsonbrute
crimsonbrute moderator

What is going to happen with the emblems? Are they getting replaced or removed?

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

Since when was there a paid subscription service on GameSpot o-o

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

This is not what I expected, but this would be good news for those of us with free accounts.

dalger21
dalger21

That's too bad.  I've had it since they first started it back in 02.(or whenever it was).  Good show.


ToRNiO
ToRNiO

Thank you GameSpot.. What a ride. I <3 U 4EVA! ;-)

dab198
dab198 moderator

For over a decade.

dw9872
dw9872

@dab198 That just goes to show you how irrelevant the paid subscription has become--there are users that don't even know that it exists.

ahpuck
ahpuck

I'm one of them. I have been around here for a few years now. Never knew such a service existed. Go figure!