In recent news Austin announced that he will be stepping down from the editorial position at Waypoint (Vice Games) and generally will be shifting away from the site apart from continuing to stay on the Podcast for the forseeable future. Danielle Riendeau is leaving completely, and going to a yet unannounced site to work on exciting new things. This leaves Patrick, Cado and Rob Zacny to steer her Majesty's Waypoint on their own, with an apparent focus on more frequent and varied podcast guests. Austin stated that this has been a long time coming and he has wanted to pursue other hobbies outside of video games for quite a while, but was waiting for the right moment to finally cement the decision to shift his potential livelihood to a different sector. So far there has been a tweet that apparently he will be co-writing a WWE inspired comic book based around the New Day? (I'm not a wrestling guy I have no clue but it's a thing apparently).
What do you guys think of this move? I know there are some folks here that listen to the Waypoint podcast. I'm a fair weather fan myself and will tune in from time to time. I generally enjoy the conversations and when it gets a bit too much for me I just move on. Patrick has mentioned on ResetEra how his primary goal in moving from Kotaku to Waypoint was to work a steady 9:30-5:30 job that wouldn't encroach onto his personal life beyond that time, which honestly should be the standard for any employment. With that in mind it seems unlikely he will be taking on more responsibilities.
On some level, I've been burnt out for a years now, but this work pays the bills and it brings me a measure of satisfaction.
But more specifically, I hopped from Kotaku to VICE when my wife was only a few weeks from birthing my daughter. As a couple, we talked a lot about what the next few weeks, months, and years would look like, and that was part of my pitch to Austin and company: if you want me, it comes with the pre-condition that I will, with reasonable exceptions, only work from 9:30 to 5:30 every day. After that, I'm out. I've stuck to that. It means I don't have time to write a book, even though I've been given the chance to write one. It means I dropped streaming (for three years!) until recently, but tho now use subs to raise money for my kid's education. I'll stop streaming again eventually. It means my wife and I dropped our horror podcast, because we realized we'd rather spend that time relaxing on the couch next to one another. I gave up a lot to achieve meaningful work-life balance, a lot of stuff that basically involved ditching side project creative pursuits, but it's been worth it. 100%.
Patrick Klepek - ResetEra
I'm also surprised that Austin is going to write for the WWE. It's just a graphic novel mind you, but with how super focused Waypoint has always been about work place practices, fair employment and compensation etc.. isn't WWE like the poster child for a corporate entity showing complete disregard for the health and well being of their talent with absurdly unfair contracts etc etc? I honestly don't know the details so please correct me if I'm wrong but I've heard nothing but terrible things about the working conditions in the WWE for the wrestlers - maybe other parts are treated better. It seems like working in any capacity for the WWE kind of makes you complicit in supporting a bad cause?
Anyway what do you guys think?