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What makes someone a premium player?

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I think it's anyone who spent money on the game.

The real question is how much of a premium player is someone. :lol:

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  • GamerGD3
    3029 posts
    edited March 2014
    I voted the first option as that is the category that really classifies the word "premium". When you hear that, it's like premium seating at an event - meaning most desired location. Sure we all paid a minimum fee to attend the event (lowest ticket price), but I wouldn't say every seat in the house is premium seating. So I think just because you bought donuts once or twice in small amounts - it wouldn't be "premium" since you aren't getting the complete package. I don't mean it requires you have to all the premiums - but justifiably a number of them. Possibly the option below this one, but it was sort of vague.
  • drosax1
    4860 posts New member
    edited March 2014
    I voted for frequently because I feel the first option makes someone a completionist
  • EldarOfSuburbia
    307 posts
    edited March 2014
    Anyone who spent money on donuts. Even if it was a single Golden Scratch-R once when they first started.

    Trying to come up with any other kind of definition is only going to lead to arguments about "well how often is often enough? how much money is enough?"
  • GamerGD3
    3029 posts
    edited March 2014
    drosax1 wrote:
    I voted for frequently because I feel the first option makes someone a completionist

    I think the first 2 options should have been merged and made as an "or". Lots of money on donuts OR buys donuts frequently.

    Because you can say regularly, but that could mean it's just a scratcher. I think having amounts would help with the poll options.

    Either that it should have been
    Multiple boatloads
    Multiple storefulls
    Merge the 20/10 options
    Merge the 5 dollars and scratchers options
    Finally a scratcher or two.
  • ljwaug23
    128 posts
    edited March 2014
    I would refer to myself as semi-freemium. I bought some donuts and may or may not buy more in the future. Semi-premium players, as I would define them are those who buy donuts regularly. Premium players are those who bought enough donuts to have many of the premium characters/buildings and Super-Premium are those who have everything and multiples of things that they can.
  • drosax1
    4860 posts New member
    edited March 2014
    GamerGD3 wrote:
    drosax1 wrote:
    I voted for frequently because I feel the first option makes someone a completionist

    I think the first 2 options should have been merged and made as an "or". Lots of money on donuts OR buys donuts frequently.

    Because you can say regularly, but that could mean it's just a scratcher. I think having amounts would help with the poll options.

    Either that it should have been
    Multiple boatloads
    Multiple storefulls
    Merge the 20/10 options
    Merge the 5 dollars and scratchers options
    Finally a scratcher or two.

    Yea also if you plan on continuing to buy donuts/spend money
  • maxeerg
    1010 posts Member
    edited March 2014
    Premium is not an apex, top floor, A-1, Bill Gates level. Premium has a number of definitions. The monthly fees for insurance. A reward. An extra charge above the usual.

    The usual charge for this game is $0.00. Most never pay. So any amount of payment is a premium.

    Since most people get paid nothing for posting here, I would be getting a premium if EA paid me $0.01 for every post.
  • rmb256982
    67 posts
    edited March 2014
    When I buy donuts, I buy golden scratchers. I usually spend 5 or 6 dollars at a time. I do this once or twice a month, when I have extra money to spend. Sometimes I do good, sometimes not. For the first 4 months of playing TSTO I payed nothing. I liked that I could try the game for free, and I don't mind paying a little as I go. EA worked hard to bring me a game that I enjoy, and I feel like giving them something for that. I'm not sure what level of premium player that makes me, but I'm happy with the game. My only real complaint is the donut confirm option that seems to have a mind of its own. That costs me some of the few donuts that I have, and when it happens, it is longer between times when I buy donuts.
  • theviper79
    182 posts
    edited March 2014
    Maybe there should be an extra option in the poll: a premium player could also be someone who has bought everything there is from every update.
    But then again, you have to be playing this game for 2 years now:)
  • drosax1
    4860 posts New member
    edited March 2014
    theviper79 wrote:
    Maybe there should be an extra option in the poll: a premium player could also be someone who has bought everything there is from every update.
    But then again, you have to be playing this game for 2 years now:)

    That'd be the first option
  • eliansukke180
    18121 posts Member
    edited March 2014
    Anyone who spends money on a free to play is a premium player i think.
    The question is more: how much of a premium player are you?

    I only spend money on donuts when theres something interesting to buy ( something that i find interesting ).

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  • dave3490
    2472 posts
    edited March 2014
    In my opinion, as soon as you spend any real money on the game it makes you a premium player, whether it be 69p for a golden scratch r or perhaps £2.99 on a small amount of donuts, or even perhaps a Gil offer, that's the crossover from freemium to premium :D
  • chrisgyo
    1030 posts Member
    edited March 2014
    imo someone who has spent $20 or more
  • nubbin71
    236 posts
    edited March 2014
    "Somone whos bought donuts(even if it's only once and was a small amount)"

    Once any amount of money has flown from your hand into the pocket of EA......congratulations, you have crossed the line into Premium-hood.
  • drumnman
    1475 posts Member
    edited March 2014
    Hmmm.. I'm not sure I would qualify anyone who has spent a small amount of money as a premium player. That's like saying anyone who has ever received money for performing music is now considered a professional musician.

    In my experience, a musician isn't necessarily considered a "professional" until a significant portion of their income can be derived from some form of musical endeavor (gigging, teaching, publishing, record sales, etc.). Until that time, a musician would be considered semi-professional.

    So how would this translate to the premium player? I think it has to do with the level of money spent on the game and that player's dedication to regularly purchase in-game items. Maybe we need just need a "semi-premium" status as well!

    For the record, I voted "Someone who buys donuts frequently (eg every month)."
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  • lyndon928
    43 posts Member
    edited March 2014
    Maybe it should be a level system.

    If you have spent.

    1$ - 50$. Level 1
    51$100$. Level 2
    101$ -150$. Level 3

    And so on.

  • fluffling
    516 posts
    edited March 2014
    drumnman wrote:
    Hmmm.. I'm not sure I would qualify anyone who has spent a small amount of money as a premium player. That's like saying anyone who has ever received money for performing music is now considered a professional musician.

    In my experience, a musician isn't necessarily considered a "professional" until a significant portion of their income can be derived from some form of musical endeavor (gigging, teaching, publishing, record sales, etc.). Until that time, a musician would be considered semi-professional.

    So how would this translate to the premium player? I think it has to do with the level of money spent on the game and that players dedication to regularly purchase in-game items. Maybe we need just need a "semi-premium" status as well!

    For the record, I voted "Someone who buys donuts frequently (eg every month)."

    that's quite a good way of looking at it, I agree
  • tracydudge118
    154 posts
    edited March 2014
    This is strange timing. I was just thinking about this about an hour ago. I was posting for new friends and didn't know if I should describe myself as premium player. I wanted to make sure that my new potential friends know that I don't snub free players.

    In any case, I think anyone that has spent even a penny for a free game is a premium player. Obviously there are gradations after that, but to pay for a free game puts you in the next category.
  • ultimatechick
    236 posts
    edited March 2014
    drumnman wrote:
    Hmmm.. I'm not sure I would qualify anyone who has spent a small amount of money as a premium player. That's like saying anyone who has ever received money for performing music is now considered a professional musician.

    In my experience, a musician isn't necessarily considered a "professional" until a significant portion of their income can be derived from some form of musical endeavor (gigging, teaching, publishing, record sales, etc.). Until that time, a musician would be considered semi-professional.

    So how would this translate to the premium player? I think it has to do with the level of money spent on the game and that player's dedication to regularly purchase in-game items. Maybe we need just need a "semi-premium" status as well!

    For the record, I voted "Someone who buys donuts frequently (eg every month)."

    True, there is such a thing as a semi-professional musician. But turning the professional/amateur model from music to sports for a second: in the US, there really is no such thing as a semi-professional tennis player, gymnast, etc. Once you accept money to play, that's it, your amateur status is gone. And this can be as little as taking five bucks from a random spectator to buy yourself lunch.

    My argument would be that just as in sports, the amount of money spent doesn't matter - it's the fact that money was spent, period. So really, the issue here is whether you can have such a thing as a semi-premium player, and I don't see why not. I'd suggest the following classifications:

    Freemium player: has spent nothing, zip, zilch, nada.
    Semi-premium player: buys donuts irregularly here and there for the occasional premium.
    Premium player: buys donuts regularly and has many premiums.

    You choose where you think you fit between semi-premium and premium, but the second you spend money, you are no longer a freemium player.
  • drumnman
    1475 posts Member
    edited March 2014
    drumnman wrote:
    Hmmm.. I'm not sure I would qualify anyone who has spent a small amount of money as a premium player. That's like saying anyone who has ever received money for performing music is now considered a professional musician.

    In my experience, a musician isn't necessarily considered a "professional" until a significant portion of their income can be derived from some form of musical endeavor (gigging, teaching, publishing, record sales, etc.). Until that time, a musician would be considered semi-professional.

    So how would this translate to the premium player? I think it has to do with the level of money spent on the game and that player's dedication to regularly purchase in-game items. Maybe we need just need a "semi-premium" status as well!

    For the record, I voted "Someone who buys donuts frequently (eg every month)."

    True, there is such a thing as a semi-professional musician. But turning the professional/amateur model from music to sports for a second: in the US, there really is no such thing as a semi-professional tennis player, gymnast, etc. Once you accept money to play, that's it, your amateur status is gone. And this can be as little as taking five bucks from a random spectator to buy yourself lunch.

    My argument would be that just as in sports, the amount of money spent doesn't matter - it's the fact that money was spent, period. So really, the issue here is whether you can have such a thing as a semi-premium player, and I don't see why not. I'd suggest the following classifications:

    Freemium player: has spent nothing, zip, zilch, nada.
    Semi-premium player: buys donuts irregularly here and there for the occasional premium.
    Premium player: buys donuts regularly and has many premiums.

    You choose where you think you fit between semi-premium and premium, but the second you spend money, you are no longer a freemium player.

    I feel like we agree here, but to clarify: are you suggesting that a tennis player who gives one $5 tennis lesson should be considered a professional athlete?
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