A Look Behind What Happens When You Purchase Builders Club

November

12, 2012

by JacksSmirkingRevenge


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Let’s look at the facts: if you want to play or build games using our platform, it’s free. While it takes a lot of computing power to keep hundreds of thousands of gamers playing ROBLOX games, we want all our users to be creative and express themselves. But if you’re reading this blog, you probably know there’s a whole lot more to ROBLOX than that. Using the features bundled into Builders Club is essential to experiencing everything ROBLOX has to offer. When you purchase Builders Club, a lot happens behind the scenes at a very fast pace. We had ROBLOX Technical Director Matt Dusek explain what happens when you purchase Builders Club, and Creative Director John Shedletsky pick out some key benefits for newer users.  

A lot of engineering effort has gone into making the ROBLOX payment-processing system bulletproof. We can process payments from a variety of providers (such as credit cards, gift cards, iTunes, PayPal and SMS to name a few) with financial-grade encryption and data security practices. Furthermore, our payment processing is 100% transactional–sales will be faithfully completed even in the face of hardware failures in our billing system.

Our distribution of Builders Club benefits is asynchronous. When you eat at a restaurant, you sit down, eat your food and pay afterwards. ROBLOX is more like ordering a cup of coffee at Starbucks–once you’ve ordered, it’s not up to the cashier to wait for anything; the transaction is finished. It’s now up to the coffee-maker to put your drink together and get it out to you quickly.

This is the old way of distributing Builders Club features--step by step.

Purchasing Builders Club makes several changes to your account and character, and each separate change is handled by its own processor. As soon as you click the “purchase” button, one processor begins focusing on adding more places to your account, while another processor begins working on getting you a daily allowance. They all work together on different tasks simultaneously, not sequentially. This method of taking high-level tasks and breaking them into smaller, more manageable micro-tasks handled by allocated processors is known as queuing, and it’s a great method because it ensures your purchases. So, as opposed to giving you all of Builders Club’s features one after the other, they all come in one complete package at the same time.

BC - New Method

Our new method focuses on getting you all the features in one package, at the same time.

This entire process happens just seconds after you purchase Builders Club–users typically gain access to Builders Club about five to 10 seconds after purchasing it. We wanted to show how much actually goes on in that short time-frame.

We’re going to distill the benefits of Builders Club into four centralized points, in no particular order. Remember, there are different levels of Builders Club that cost different dollar amounts, so we’re going to be looking at the primary difference between a non-Builders Club member and a standard Builders Club member. We’ll touch on the higher distinctions a little later in the article.

1. Builders Club gives you a daily allowance of Robux. 

And it really adds up if you let it. If you sign up for the basic Builders Club package, you’ll get 15 Robux a day, every day, to spend on gear, items, or to save. Speaking of Robux…

Catalog Gear2. Builders Club allows you to sell and trade items and gear 

ROBLOX has an in-depth virtual economy that is in a constant state of change. That’s because users are trading and bidding on limited items and gear at all hours of the day and night. There are also items in the catalog that are reserved for Builders Club members only, so if you’re a gear-hound, it’s definitely worth checking out.

3. Builders Club lets you have more than one place open at a time

If you’re looking to generate profit, having multiple places open at the same time is vital. When you have multiple active places, see that as multiple streams of revenue for tickets and Robux. This also allows users to explore different avenues creatively. If you’re a free user, and you make a popular game, you’ve got to take your place down to create a new one (thus losing that source of revenue). With Builders Club, you can open a place, come up with a new idea, and open another one.

4. Builders Club removes external ads 

Builders Club members do not see external ads, under any circumstance. Upon purchasing Builders Club, all external ads become user ads, which promote games created on ROBLOX. How user ads work is the topic of another article entirely, but it’s a fun way to promote games and discover new content.

Other Benefits 

There are a couple of minor additions that we want to share with you. Builders Club also allows you to create “Mega Games,” which are multiplayer games that can accommodate up to 30 players. Also, Groups have been growing at a substantial rate in ROBLOX, and we’ve recently implemented some cool features for Groups to utilize. In order to create your own group, you’ve got to have Builders Club.

To find a list of more benefits of Builders Club, check out this page. There are different tiers of Builders Club for different levels of builder–each of the features above are added, no matter what level of Builders Club you choose, but the quantity of these additions varies based on the tier you choose.