OpenAI Paused New Subscriptions

OpenAI Paused New Subscriptions and Upgrades to ChatGPT Plus: Artificial Intelligence Trends

OpenAI is growing so fast, they have to stop taking people’s money. OpenAI has paused new subscriptions and upgrades to ChatGPT Plus, at least for now.

In this article from Search Engine Journal® (OpenAI Paused New Subscriptions And Upgrades To ChatGPT Plus, written by Kristi Hines and available here), OpenAI has temporarily paused upgrades to ChatGPT Plus due to overwhelming demand, leading to some frustration for those with a free account.

According to a recent post on Twitt, er, X by OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman, the recent surge in usage following the DevDay developers conference has led to capacity challenges, resulting in the decision to pause ChatGPT Plus signups. He stated: “the surge in usage post devday has exceeded our capacity and we want to make sure everyone has a great experience…you can still sign-up to be notified within the app when subs reopen.”


The demand for ChatGPT Plus is so high that eBay now has listings that supposedly offer one or more months of the premium subscription.

The decision to pause new ChatGPT signups follows a week where OpenAI services – including ChatGPT and the API – experienced a series of outages related to high-demand and DDoS attacks.

Since the introduction of ChatGPT almost a year ago, there has been one headline after another. When you’re growing so fast that you have to stop taking people’s money (even for a while), that’s the latest sign of the mania taking place over ChatGPT – and generative AI.

So, what do you think? Are you surprised that OpenAI has paused new subscriptions and upgrades to ChatGPT Plus? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.


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