has returned, and they've got a whole new plan in place. Originally, as we reported earlier
, they wanted to create a site where players would pay a fee for the opportunity to get reimbursed for lost playtime in World of Warcraft
, but after outcries from the community, they have outlined a whole slew of changes on the site
And the biggest of these is that the service is now free. Instead of charging users, they plan to support a limited number of registrants (for March, when they begin
, they're opening up 150 spots), and when downtime or queues occur for those registrants, they'll be given "YPOWP credits," which apparently will be used either towards compensation or towards "contest prizes,"
which will update every month. They've got some new stats on the front page, too, including the realms with the most calculated downtime, and how many compensation and contest prizes they've given out every month.
Very interesting. From the beginning, the founders have made it clear that they didn't want to scam anyone (they told us as much in our interview
), and they now say that not one person has been charged a cent for compensation. This new model, however, seems much more fair -- there's no cost up front for people who register, even if the "compensation" might not be worth as much as the cash they originally promised. What do you think of the new plan?
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