Patreon hikes up its prices for new users

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If you've ever considered signing up to Patreon as a way to make money as a creator, you might want to register in the next few days. That's because the crowdfunding platform is set to hike up its commission rates on 7 May. These higher fees will only affect new members who sign up after that date, while existing users will stay on the current setup. The move comes after Facebook launched a competitor service with some rather controversial terms of its own.

As it currently stands, Patreon provides a single service tier and takes a five per cent cut of a user's earnings. It's a service that's popular amongst a variety creators because it allows them to connect with their audience directly. Thanks to the platform, users can share art techniques with their audience, focus on the work they enjoy making, and potentially make more money than if they worked for a studio in-house.

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.