I've always tried to run osu! exactly how I'd want to see it run if I were a player. While this does mean osu! will never be a super-profitable business, that was never the goal (nor will it ever be!). We intentionally avoid advertising, partnerships, etc because I feel that would detract from the core experience.
osu! is free-to-win – supporting osu! won’t give you any competitive advantage (but it might make you cooler amongst your friends!). I am hugely grateful, and honestly astounded, that we have come this far purely on donations, but this is where we are! Your contributions cover completely our small team's salaries, licensing efforts via the Featured Artist program, prizes and funding for official tournaments, but most importantly make sure we have quality servers and bandwidth available around the globe.
I would like to offer thanks and gratitude on behalf of myself and the rest of the team, to those who have supported osu!.
You keep osu! running.
A small team develops and runs osu!. Your support helps them to, you know... live.
Contributions go towards the servers for running the website, multiplayer services, online leaderboards, etc.
With your support, we can approach even more awesome artists and license more great music for use in osu! View the current roster »
Your contributions help keep the game independent and completely free from ads and outside sponsors.
Help fund the running of (and the prizes for) the official osu! World Cup tournaments. Explore tournaments »
Support the community contributors that have given their time and effort to help make osu! better. Find out more »
Beatmaps will automatically download in multiplayer games, while spectating others, or when clicking relevant links in chat!
How many non-ranked beatmaps you can have at once is calculated from a base value plus an additional bonus for each ranked beatmap you currently have (up to a limit).
Normally this is 4 plus 1 per ranked beatmap (up to 2). With supporter, this increases to 8 plus 1 per ranked beatmap (up to 12).
Gain early access to new releases with new features before they go public!
This includes early access to new features on the website too!
The maximum number of beatmaps you can favourite is increased from 100 → 1000
The maximum number of friends you can have is increased from 250 → 500
Compete with your friends and see how you rank up against them!