Eurogamer last September introduced its booster program, allowing paid readers to read the site without ads with some extra perks besides that. It has been encouraging to see so many of you come back for what we do, and we are grateful for the support we have had so far. I really appreciate some of the things that are empowering, like the return of the Eurogamer Podcast which provided a compassionate look at the more human side of game development, and the Off Topic column that always offers some great shades. Before we go any further, I would just like to express my heartfelt thanks for the support you have provided thus far.
A little over six months later, it seems like a good time to look at our offer and see what adjustments can be made – to bring you a little closer to us here at Eurogamer, to see what it might also help us achieve but also to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. I am very happy with what we have come to, and I hope you are too. Let me quickly update you on what has changed.
First, there’s a new weekly newsletter for all supporters – replacing the previous monthly letter from the editor. Dubbed Eurogamer Essentials and hitting your inbox every Friday, it’s a look at the highlights from the site over the course of the week and a bit more plus, with some insight into what’s been happening and the return of the game of the week. If you’re a long-time reader, you might remember the semi-regular column that looked through the current editions with a little added perspective. I hope to do justice to what has been one of my favorite series on the site.
Elsewhere, there’s a new Eurogamer Weekly, hosted by smashing Bertie Purchese, which brings together some of the team and our regular contributors to talk in more detail about the great features and comments that have appeared on the site, and to give you more insight into the people behind the words. It will be released on Friday as exclusive timing for premium supporters before rolling out to everyone on Monday. It must be a lot of fun.
Finally – and I’m sure you’ll agree very excitingly – we’ll be looking forward to handing out major gifts of some high-quality titles to our annual premium subscribers. It’s Eurogamer for Game Pass! Well, not quite – we started with the Castlevania Anniversary Collection on Steam, with 250 keys offered on a first-come-first-served basis (you can find out how to get your code here). Plus, in a couple of weeks once you get a chance to play through some of the finer entries in the Konami series, we’ll be hosting the inaugural Eurogamer Game Club – a Friday afternoon get-together where you can chat with a few of us about the game at hand. I’ll make sure I bring tea and biscuits for everyone.
We want to make sure the games we offer are worth your time – the exact M2-helmed synopsis of the Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a good indication of the kind of quality we’re after – so no regular timing can be stuck, but rest assured we look forward to bringing you more as quickly as possible .
There’s one small victim amid all of this, I should add, with “Off-topic” – which is fast becoming one of my favorite parts of the site – switching to two weeks instead of weekly, saving some time and bringing the focus back a bit into video games. It’s a small concession which I hope will be balanced by the rest of what is on offer.
And I hope you’re happy with the slightly modified offer for its fans. We’ll be looking to add to it where we can in the future – something special for backers at the Egyptian Exchange later this year and other future events, for example, plus more gifts once we get our hands on something worth your time. If you have any questions or feedback, I’m always happy to listen, and if you’re feeling particularly brave, you can always write to me at email@example.com.
Thanks again for your support, and whether you are supportive or not, thanks, as always, for reading.