Patreon, the platform used by many adult game developers, has announced changes to the way they’ll be billing patrons in a blog post detailing some of the company’s planned roll-outs for 2021. The changes will have an impact on creators who have the charge up front feature enabled.
Currently, users will get charged the minute they sign up as a patron and will be billed on the 1st of every month. Some patrons are confused by this behavior and feel they get doubly charged, leading to fewer sign-ups towards the end of a month and increased cancellations at the beginning of a new month. To combat this, Patreon will introduce anniversary billing, where the monthly renewal date will be the same date a patron joined, somewhere during 2021.
According to Patreon, anniversary billing results in fewer cancellations and more sign-ups. The change is subject to a pilot test and the company is also still gathering community feedback, but Patreon is confident it will be able to implement the new changes in the upcoming year.