What does this decision mean for people trying to break into the video game scene?
Greg Miller, along with Colin Moriarty, Nick Scarpino and Tim Gettys, have just quit IGN. The four men have always been known for the funny and quality videos they brought to the site. Whether you liked them or not, they were generally regarded as some of the top talent over on IGN. And now they’ve quit.
Announcing the decision over Twitter, Greg informed his fans that the team would be focusing instead on their new Patreon- funded endeavors, due to it’s overwhelming success: http://www.patreon.com/kindafunnygames. The team, at the point of writing this article, have obtained 1891 patrons who are pledging a total of $11,844 a month.
Now that we don’t work for IGN, we can talk about the stuff you’ve always wanted us to talk about on YouTube — games.
We’re launching a brand new podcast called Kinda Funny Gamescast, Twitch streams, YouTube Let’s Plays Monday through Friday, and a daily Twitch.tv/KindaFunnyGames talkshow titled Colin and Greg Live.
That’s right; we’re basically giving you Podcast Beyond, but every weekday instead of once a week, and about more than just PlayStation.
The decision of these four men to leave comfortable jobs in arguably the monolith site of the gaming industry and strike out on their own is one that should be paid close attention to by anyone attempting to make a living in the video game industry. The model is changing dramatically; websites like Kickstarter and Patreon are supporting talented individuals who can really bring an enticing package to the table meaning less squabbling up a career ladder. And the decision of these men to leave IGN puts a question mark over anyone even wanting to climb that ladder. More and more, the power is lying with the viewers. Where they choose to put their view and now their dollar is more important than anything else. Creativity and passion are now more important traits than they ever were.
Here at 99%G we salute you, Greg and team! But even more so, we salute the viewers, who are voting with their views and money in better ways than ever before.