You Can’t Buy CP Island Membership with Google Play Cards
Players and blogs have been reporting that it is now possible to purchase membership with Google Play Cards, but from my experiences it isn’t. As such, I requested an official response from Club Penguin Island and this is what I received:
“As far as I know you can only set up membership using a credit card/consistent payment method (ex: Paypal). I would contact Google Play for more information on subscriptions purchased through their service, in case they’ve changed their policies around this.”
Reprensitive “Jake” suggested we contacted Google, which is a difficult process as they don’t appear to have an email. However, the Google website says this.
“You can buy Google Play Google Play Music subscriptions and subscriptions through the Google Play Newsstand, but you can’t pay for subscriptions on other apps.”
Maybe you can buy membership with Google Play Cards like some users have. I haven’t been able to, but the official standpoint from Club Penguin Island is to check with Google, and Google have said that you can’t.
Talks taking place about CPI Membership
Two days ago I wrote an article on Club Penguin Island membership prices and how expensive they were. Although I doubt the team read it, I was one of the many people in this community curious if there were signs of the price being reduced.
Megg has said that it is “still in discussion”. I just really hope that the team take on the feedback and the discussions result in more affordable prices.
Club Penguin Island: Memberships are not Good
Memberships on Club Penguin Island suck. There’s no other way of saying it and no matter how hard I try to resist “bashing” a game that is still in beta, I can’t help it. They’re expensive and not ideal. I’ve collected some opinions from the community, my own and even got the most surprising and confusing response from Support.
They cost $6.99 a month but for the purpose of this post, I’ll mostly be using British currency where memberships cost £6.49* a month. That’s already £1.50 more expensive than classic Club Penguin and it gets worse.
Update: Good news! There are talks going on about this. Read more here!
Double update: Bad news! It gets worse. Read more here.
Value compared to classic CP:
It does not matter where you live but your membership will always be more than the classic game, which is horrible, and that’s on desktop which many people claim they would be more likely to pay for. You may remember I said that players will constantly be comparing old to new and this is another mark for new.
Membership is £3.33 per month if you buy a six month membership. In total, making it £19.95. At £6.49 per a month, membership is £38.94 in the same period making it 1.95X more expensive than classic pricing. That’s almost double the price if you bought a CPI membership for six months compared to classic!
Your country might not be as badly affected, but it eventually will be more expensive than classic. This is because you can only buy one month membership deals instead of getting better value for a longer time period. That is something which needs to change in my opinion.
Would in-app purchases work?
This is a controversial topic, but I would say yes, provided that they do not run on top of memberships but along memberships. That means a non-member could buy a Disney outfit for something like £1 and keep it forever.
I’ve actually written an entire article on this when we knew CP Island as Project Super Secret and I stick by it. Read it here!
How’s the exchange rate system?
It’s been scrapped, from what I can tell. That’s great, it’s not a baseline system, something the community was against! The downside is that the prices are way more expensive than the exchange rate will (hopefully) ever get.
But hey, if we spoke out against the baseline system maybe there is hope we can help encourage the team to solve this membership issue!
Is it attractive to buy a membership?
Absolutely, when you don’t consider the price. I cancelled after 2 months because of it. I really wanted to see the hard work the team put into the game and that’s not possible with a membership*. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can be a member 24/7 with this pricing and I plan to buy in April when there is a huge update, cancel, and buy again in the future.
*The solution to making membership more attractive is not to limit non-member features more. That won’t result in a higher sales increase, it’ll result in uninstalls as you will see later in this discussion.
But there is a free trial!
If you can persuade your parents to put in your credit card to get a 7 day free trial, there’s a high chance you’ve just got membership. Parents are unlikely to input their details for a trial and ultimately the team should not make them have to.
If they create another Disney account and another iTunes/Google Play account to abuse this, it makes no difference since they start from scratch anyway.
What about their advertising techniques?
They’re advertising tubing as an activity for members. Enough said. Check out this tweet from a really talented former Club Penguin artist and musician who also made some of the tracks on CP Island.
There's no good reason for it. I hope it doesn't remain in the full version. It doesn't even make financial sense
— Chris Hendricks (@_screenhog) February 8, 2017
But…you’re not in the geo-beta. You can’t complain!
I think I speak for most of the community when I say that the state of memberships are ridiculous. I should not need to be part of three specific countries to give feedback on something that must change by worldwide release. I completely get nothing is finalised which is the reason I’m writing this post.
This is a discussion and I appreciate you may not agree with me. Instead, please leave a comment below to help expand this discussion so everyone can hear different thoughts!
Club Penguin Island has a rating of 2/5 on both stores and the reason for that is because of memberships! People aren’t happy with this! It’s resulting in low reviews and a low rating. To those saying it’s a geo-beta, well, tell the reviewers that!
However, I decided to host a poll for around 21 hours. I asked whether or not you thought that CP Island membership was fairly priced. Here are the results:
It would blow my mind if despite how many people are unhappy with the membership system, the team makes no adjustments. I would even go as far to say that this would doom Club Penguin Island, and that’s a bold thing to say for a game which has not even launched yet.
Prices vary by device:
Android is £6.49, but some users on iOS are saying it’s £4.99, a much cheaper price but I still go back to my value issue! Dj Stores/Foodtrekker kindly gave me permission to use this image but he also said the following:
“It’s solely the listing for the current GB price band is not reflective of prices once the game is pushed into worldwide production though it’s likely based on trends so far.”
This confuses me, but it gives hope that prices could be reducing! Once again, I completely get that the £ is not a currency in the geo-beta but that should not prevent me from giving feedback.
What better way to solve your confusion than to contact Support about it? (Spoiler: it becomes way more confusing)
The Club Penguin Team’s Response:
Firstly, I called Billing support They told me that I couldn’t even give feedback about membership prices because I’m not in the geo-beta, yet alone inquire about why prices vary by operating system!
Okay, so now I called general Support. They told me to email, no big deal. I get a response back with them asking me to contact Google, which was an issue as I could not find their email.
This is part of my response to that email addressing memberships in general:“…£4.99 is still quite expensive in the long run, but not too bad. £6.49 is ridiculously expensive. I really hope that the price changes because as a non-member there is nothing pulling me back to the game: daily challenges offer fifty coins but I can’t buy party supplies, I can’t fish, I can’t wear clothes or do activities. You’re advertising going down a waterside with a tube as a member only feature. I mean, where do I begin with this?I so badly would like to be a member all the time but it’s looking like I’ll be buying in April when there’s an update, cancelling and buying whenever there’s a new update. I don’t get how prices can vary by device. I don’t get why the game has even gone down this membership route, yet alone charge unaffordable prices for it. I get the game is in beta (which is why I’m classing this as feedback) but, seriously? Please fix this by worldwide launch, it is essential.You guys have put so much effort into this game which is why I bought a membership for two months! It’s amazing but you only get to experience a fraction of that awesomeness as a non-member, which is disappointing! …”But none of the last 1300 words make any difference if the first sentence of this response holds true:“We do not set our membership prices anymore”
Wait, I forgot, am I blogging about Club Penguin Island or Broken Telephone? Oh right…
This is now so confusing. Who does set prices? I wish we could get a simple answer but it seems as if Support isn’t even sure what to do saying they could not discuss this further until worldwide. I mean, fair enough, but this is very confusing!
The solution, in my opinion, is to start by either reducing membership prices or by adding better value deals where you can buy a longer membership for less money each month. It’s also important that non-members get way more to do.
As a non-member, other than interacting, I have no reason to log on each day other than to do the Daily Challenges to get coins, but I can’t buy party supplies or clothes so there is no point. For most users, that would mean an uninstall.
Further down the line, in app purchases should at least be considered. Going down the membership route is one very risky for mobile and I am concerned with this. Either way, reducing prices and adding more things to do for non-members is a great step in the right direction!
I rated Club Penguin Island a solid 8.5/10. With this membership issue I have decided to change my rating to…
Thank you very much for reading! If you do get the opportunity, I would highly suggest getting a CP Island membership, at least for a month. Leave your thoughts in the comment below and make sure to send feedback to the team. Together, as a community, we can make change!
How to Cancel Club Penguin Island Membership
Chances are that you’ve registered to get your free 7 day membership on Club Penguin Island but that week is almost over and you don’t want to be charged. My trial ended today however I’m now just paying for membership. Today I’m going to share how to cancel membership by request of some people.
a) Open the Google Play Store app on your device. Tap the three bars by the search button to bring up this.
b) Tap “Account”. Then tap “subscriptions”. Find Club Penguin Island and simply tap cancel.
Ensure that you do this before your free trial ends. Once you’re charged, you will be emailed a receipt. It’s just two steps however many people are desperate to know!
I don’t have an Apple device so I can’t share screenshots however the official Apple website has got a good guide.
- Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store.
- Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen.
- Tap View Apple ID. You might need to sign in or use Touch ID.
- Tap Subscriptions.
- Tap the subscription that you want to manage.
If you don’t see a subscription but are still being charged, make sure that you’re signed in with the correct Apple ID. If so, you might have subscribed directly with the provider and not through iTunes. In this case, contact the content publisher or app developer directly to cancel your subscription. You can only manage subscriptions made through the News app in Settings.
- Use the options to manage your subscription. You can choose a different subscription offering, or tap Cancel Subscription to cancel your subscription. If you cancel, your subscription will stop at the end of the current billing cycle.
That’s it! Remember that you can continue to subscribe to membership at anytime but you can’t get another free trial unless you create another iTunes account AND a Disney account.
Remember to check back for the latest news and Club Penguin Island help!
Club Penguin Island Membership will be “More and More Worth it”
Megg has recently answered some of our membership price concerns, however she has given us a bit more to look forward to! She has said the following:
“As we [Club Penguin Island team] continue to add more to the game, it will make membership more and more worth it”.
That sounds great but also very concerning to those who can’t buy membership. You need to be a member to do practically anything, whether it be to wear clothes or to go on an adventure/quest. If there’s more things exclusive to members, I’m beginning to think like non-members will feel left out and that shouldn’t be happening. So many players are unhappy at how much little non-members get currently and it’s not looking like that’ll be any better in Club Penguin Island. By launch, I’m hoping that members will also be able to enjoy the game! I’m sure that the team are working on it!
At least we now are getting more and more information from Megg about something which once was super secret! I think that’s epic and I really appreciate the team making an effort to answer my questions along with questions from everyone else!
Megg Addresses Our Club Penguin Island Membership Concerns
Yesterday information was revealed on just how expensive Club Penguin Island membership would be at £6.49 a month. Megg has responded to my question on the What’s New Blog and explained that nothing is set in stone yet.
The pricing still seems very complicated. Seven dollars for a membership is cheaper than it is now yet membership in the United Kingdom is more expensive. However, Megg has told us that $7 is what will be used to decide prices in other countries.
For the UK, I don’t think it’ll be as expensive as £6.49 a month. If the US is getting memberships cheaper, all countries should be getting memberships cheaper. $7 is roughly worth about £5.50, but that’s still more expensive than membership is at the moment. It’s too early to make decisions at the moment.
Currently, beta-tester Madzom8ie has shared screenshots suggesting that the price is $3.99 yet Megg is making it out to be $6.99. This is just proof that we will need to wait until the game launches! Remember to check back to hear the latest Club Penguin Island news and I’m aiming to share tomorrow how you could play Club Penguin!
Club Penguin Island: 6 Month Memberships!
At over £6 per month, membership on Club Penguin Island will be pricy! However, this price is for a months worth of membership and we don’t know if you can get a better value deal if you buy a longer membership like you currently can.
Well, this screenshot by Pen50gi suggests that there’ll be six month memberships which could possibly mean there’ll also be yearly membership subscriptions!
“For a subscription duration of less than 6 months”
This could also mean something completely different though and it could be trying to say that you’ll need to wait six months before you get a notice that your membership will renew.
I don’t know, I think you have to pay a lot of money for membership and there’s virtually nothing for non-members. You can read more about memberships in Club Penguin Island here.
Club Penguin Island: Membership Uses
In this post, I’m going to share some of the many reasons for why you will need a membership on Club Penguin Island. Beta tester Madzom8ie posted a video about this topic on his YouTube channel.
We can now confirm that you’ll need to be a member to:
- Wear ANY type of clothes
- Adventure and use things like the tube feature and the ziplines
- Buy food or party supplies
- Possibly access new rooms (not confirmed yet)
This is interesting. I think that the team need to ensure we don’t have a repeat of classic Club Penguin where non-members complain there’s nothing for them. This is worse, in my opinion. However, Madzom8ie thinks that the team will eventually implement non-member clothing, which would be great!
You can read more details about Club Penguin Island membership here.
Additional Club Penguin Island Memberships
It has just been confirmed by beta tester Bloxorz that memberships will not transfer to Club Penguin Island. This was rumoured for a while, but it is now official and it is probably the reason why Disney decided to stop producing membership cards.
BREAKING NEWS: It's official, memberships WON'T transfer over Club Penguin Island. It is too complicated.
— Bloxorz/Ryan (@BloxorzCP) November 19, 2016
It is now also known that everyone will get a 7 day trial when first playing the game. The price is then rumoured to be $4.99 per month, however it is almost certain that should you buy a longer amount of membership, you’ll get better value.
Disney have also seemed to suggest that membership allows you to explore more and go on more awesome adventures. It’s too early to call, but some beta testers are saying that membership is not as necessary in Club Penguin Island.
For your latest Club Penguin Island news, be sure to check back every few hours as more details are released!