Quoted from ifpapinball:
When asking a group of people if they would prefer a 'free service' or a 'pay service' . . . it's realllllllllllllllly hard to get massive support that people would rather pay for it.
Without a doubt it would have more accepted if we continued to offer those IFPA WPPR perks for free. There's a large group of players that aren't interested in the SCS, but are very interested in earning WPPR's. That is the group where we are leveraging their interest in the system to generate these fees. If they like these IFPA player perks, they can pay for it. If they don't care enough they can not worry about it anymore.
What we do with those funds is our business, but the focus here is that earning WPPR's, having a profile you can customize, having an archive of all the endorsed events you've ever played in, etc. will now be a paid service that we offer.
This is totally reasonable, and I think the same change would have been better received had it been introduced as "we're instituting a $1 fee for each player in a tournament because we finally need to charge something to continue offering all the great stuff you love about wpprs" instead of "you have to pay for wpprs now so the ifpa champions can win more money"