Thanks to the Gauntlet I have a better understanding of this piece of news.
This Twitch heavyweight that not only gathers half a million viewers weekly but also “did the right thing” by spreading knowledge about safety techniques and the diversity of RPGs is now center stage in the Twitchleaks.
The numbers leaked let us guess that viewers for the show are overall constant and supporting, throwing around 10$ a month at their favourite actors for high production value show. I am just dividing A by B, don’t take this result too litteraly.
If that’s correct, that’s still not very good news for small independents, who will need to be inventive both for their work (creation, edition, animation, critic, etc.) and for getting paid for their work as long as hobbyists throw money first and foremost at “pretty things”.
It’s also a good and bad news for inclusivity : there’s a lot of people in half a million, but the “pool” is probably mostly privileged people, if they can spend that kind of money, I’d say they do it after paying for games (online, physical, crowdfundings, etc.). That part is clearly far out on a limb, but the high barrier for entry shows in other places, like, cultural : the level of literacy expected from players, the abundance of cultural material, etc. I try to imagine other explanations but those I come up with are not convincing, so I’d be glad if you offer a hand here.
For fear of being misunderstood, I must say I don’t blame “statistic people” for being somehow privileged or valuing high quality products, or the entertainment industry for producing them. I don’t blame anyone here. I just try to analyze - as a total amateur - the number from the Twitchleaks. And it reminds me of this informed analyze, which may or may not need updating. My bottom line :
These are great times for the hobby. Don’t forget to pay, not just tip, for services you value.
Speaking of which : can someone recall the various ways of throwing money at the Gauntlet ?