With the start of the New Year, RaceDepartment has decided to take a slightly different approach in order to bring as much to this great community as possible. As with any major change that will have a site wide impact we first had a long discussion with our Premium members during the last months of 2014, this input was then taken to the staff, and we have concluded based on the received feedback to make some changes which will bring RD more than ever, and fit the needs of all sim racers as best as possible. What are the changes? Beginning March 1st, 2015 our Racing Clubs and Racing Leagues, that are hosted on our dedicated servers, will become Premium only. Premium memberships can now be purchased yearly for only 9.99 EUR. Memberships can also now be given as a gift to other members as appreciation for their work to the site or just make some of your online racing friends happy. There will however remain an opportunity to race on RD servers for free. The existing 24/7 Server(s) will become public servers, moderated by a handpicked group of Premium members. Why upgrade? A premium membership will now include more benefits than ever. Not only does it provide the same benefits as always, click here for the full list of extra features, and access to all our clubs and leagues, but also access to our servers. We're hard at work on systems that will allow Premium members to host custom events, to race with other premium members as they wish. In the near future we hope to bring real prizes to our leagues as well, for example prizes like new hardware or a chance to go behind the scenes to a real race. We are working on deals to make this happen, but we will need the support of Premium members to make this happen. We are also working to provide not only a better racing experience but also a better experience overall on the website. RaceDepartment is already known as a one stop shop for sim racing. Well we want to make it a true one stop shop for all your sim racing and motorsport desires. Why the need for such changes? Hosting such a website, a range of dedicated servers, and providing the best possible content and resources costs money. As things stand today, RaceDepartment sometimes struggles to have the monthly bills paid, and can not afford to provide exclusive content and prizes to its members. With our user base growing larger by the day, we will need more resources to keep up. With the help of our Premium members we can make RD a true haven for sim racing and motorsport enthusiasts alike. As a premium member, you are supporting RaceDepartment and helping it to reach its full potential to provide an excellent resource for the community. Not only is that something to take pride in, but it means you can have a say in the future of RaceDepartment as well. This decision was made with the help of our existing premium members, without them providing the things that we currently have, this would not have been possible. How to proceed? Make sure to upgrade your account here from the 1st of March on wards so you can continue your online racing experience on our dedicated servers (this of course doesn't include self-hosted (Presto GP, FSR) and console racing events run by our members, such as F1 2014, Forza, Gran Turismo etc). At the first of March the current "licensed member" group will cease to exist and all accounts will be become regular registered users with or without premium feature access. Got questions? Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below and we'll do our best to help you out and make the transition for everybody as smooth as possible.