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.
— Dean "peppy" Herbert, creator of osu!

Why should I support osu!? Where does the money go?

Support the Team

A small team develops and runs osu!. Your support helps them to, you know... live.

Server Infrastructure

Contributions go towards the servers for running the website, multiplayer services, online leaderboards, etc.

Featured Artists

With your support, we can approach even more awesome artists and license more great music for use in osu! View the current roster »

Keep osu! self-sustaining

Your contributions help keep the game independent and completely free from ads and outside sponsors.

Official Tournaments

Help fund the running of (and the prizes for) the official osu! World Cup tournaments. Explore tournaments »

Open Source Bounty Program

Support the community contributors that have given their time and effort to help make osu! better. Find out more »

Cool! What perks do I get?


Gain quick and easy access to search for and download beatmaps without having to leave the game.

Friend Ranking

See how you stack up against your friends on a beatmap's leaderboard, both in-game and on the website.

Country Ranking

Conquer your country before you conquer the world.

Filter by Mods

Associate only with people who play HDHR? No problem!

Beatmap Filters

Filter beatmap searches by played and unplayed maps, or by rank achieved.

Automatic Downloads

Beatmaps will automatically download in multiplayer games, while spectating others, or when clicking relevant links in chat!

Upload More Beatmaps

How many pending 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 4). With supporter, this increases to 8 plus 1 per ranked beatmap (up to 12).

Early Access

Gain early access to new releases with new features before they go public!

This includes early access to new features on the website too!


Stand out by uploading a custom cover image or by creating a fully customizable 'me!' section within your user profile.

More Favourites

The maximum number of beatmaps you can favourite is increased from 100 → 1000

More Friends

The maximum number of friends you can have is increased from 500 → 1000

Friend Leaderboards

Compete with your friends and see how you rank up against them!

Yellow Fellow

Be recognised in-game with your new bright yellow chat username colour.

Speedy Downloads

More lenient download restrictions, especially when using osu!direct.

Change Username

One free name change is included with your first supporter purchase.


Extra in-game skinnables, like the main menu background.

I'm convinced! :D

support osu!
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