Your donation to Pure Battlefield helps keep our servers running, fuels our expansion so that we can bring more awesomeness to more gamers, and expresses your support for the Pure Battlefield community.
Donor Recognition Program
The Pure Battlefield Donor Recognition Program is designed to recognize and reward our supporters. Donors receive a variety of benefits, both in-game and out-of-game!
If you prefer, you may contribute via a one-time donation rather than a monthly subscription:**
|$10 | $25 | $50 | $100 | Other Amount|
Donating does not exempt one from PURE’s community rules. For details, see “Caveats & Clarifications” at the bottom of this page.
*If a donor is also a volunteer, their volunteer activity is factored in to determine their overall benefit level. For details, see the “Volunteer Recognition” section on our Volunteer Program page.
**One-time donations are normally awarded a benefit level that can be sustained for at least 3 months. If you prefer we allocate your donation differently, just let us know.
What Are Donations Used For?
All donations are used to support the Pure Battlefield Community Purpose & Strategy; none are used for personal gain. You can read about our Purpose & Strategy in detail here.
Our spending priorities include:
- Monthly operational expenses. This primarily consists of three areas:
- Servers: Game servers (including our community events server), TeamSpeak servers, and plugin servers.
- Software: One-off expenses for software (e.g. AlwaysUp, monitoring software which increases reliability of our plugin server). This also includes donations (generally $5-$20) for plugins we use; we believe in supporting community-generated software which supports us.
- Services: We make periodic donations to community-run anti-cheat organizations such as PBBans, GGC, and ACI. We also have other minor expenses for services such as domain name registration and DNS management.
- Six-month cash reserves. A healthy, sustainable community doesn’t live on the edge. Once we are able to pay our month-to-month bills, we will make sure we have enough in the bank to sustain our expenses for six months.
- Expansion. As outlined in our strategy, we have ambitious expansion plans for the future.
- Special projects. From time to time there may be unusual opportunities to invest money in growing or improving the community. In all cases, expenditures will be transparently documented (see the section on Transparency & Security below).Possible examples of special projects include (but are not limited to):
- Project bounties. For important projects which we are unable to recruit volunteer help for, we may offer cash bounties to generate interest.
- Exhibitions. Having a presence at the right conferences (PAX!) would be a powerful way to elevate our presence and generate important connections and partnerships. (Community funds would be used for exhibition booth fees only, not for any personal travel expenses.)
- Non-profit incorporation. This is extremely costly (thousands of dollars), but there is some scale (perhaps $1k/month in revenue) at which it becomes inappropriate for the community’s assets to be in the trust of a single individual with no supporting legal structure. For details, see the “Non-profit incorporation” heading under our Strategic Initiatives.
- Promotional giveaways. We’ve had success with using modest amounts of cash in promotional giveaways — for example, over the month of December 2012, we targeted a $150 giveaway towards TeamSpeak users, and increased our VOIP usage by approximately 25%.
- Thank-you gifts for major lifetime contributors. It’s important to express appreciation and gratitude. Someday we hope to create physical tokens of appreciation for our largest contributors. (T-shirts? Sets of customized PURE dogtags?)
- Advertising. Getting the word out to the broader Battlefield community to attract more great players to our community is always a good thing. If we spend advertising dollars, we will do so very carefully and in a way where we can track the ROI.
This is currently a volunteer-driven community; at this point, we have no personnel expenses. We hope our volunteer program will be successful enough such that we can remain that way indefinitely.
In the (currently unforeseeable) event the community should ever collectively decide to formally shut down, any unused donations will be donated to Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity.
Our Track Record
You can rely on us to do good things with your donation because we’ve done good things so far! Here are our accomplishments, as of January 1, 2014:
- At peak hours, over 2/3 of our server is on TeamSpeak.
- We have an active community forum of over 4000 subscribers.
- Our community became financially self-sustainable, with our monthly donations exceeding our monthly expenses less than two months after launching our donation program.
- We have over 30 active volunteers, including server admins, our operations team, software and web development, and more, since launching our formal volunteer program in October 2012.
- With our support, our members have launched several unofficial community projects, such as special events (Mario Quads races, Quad Bike Launching, and more).
Trust and Security
When you’re considering lending your hard-earned money to any cause, you need to be cautious. Who are you sending this money to? Will it be safe? How can you trust that your money will be spent wisely, and on its intended purpose?
Our Community Governance page speaks to these issues in detail. We encourage you to review it before donating. Topics covered our include ethical philosophy, decision-making processes, legal structure, and transparency and security practices. There is also a profile of our Community Lead, including real-life identity, professional background, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, and a personal statement of commitment.
Thank you for considering a donation to the Pure Battlefield community, and if you are already one of our supporters, please accept our heartfelt gratitude.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Community Lead, James Hogan (aka Adama) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Caveats & Clarifications
Donations do not exempt one from server or community rules, nor do they entitle one to server admin privileges. In the unfortunate event a donor is banned for violating community rules, we will refund the balance of their account upon request, up to a maximum of $50.
Additionally, while community members’ perspectives are weighed deeply into decisions, it should be understood that donating does not entitle one to formal voting or decision-making authority on community matters (although preferences of those who offer greater levels of support are weighted more heavily.)
Additionally, donor benefits may change from time to time as the program evolves. We hope that most of these changes will be positive ones as we add new rewards, but if we ever need to reduce rewards for a particular level, we promise that such changes will happen with clear notice given at least 1 month in advance.