First of all: Sorry for the long post and any potential grammatical or spelling errors.
I'm not really the biggest fan of Greg Miller but he has obviously done very well for himself and worked extremely hard to get to where he is today which I can only respect. I just didn't know how well Kinda Funny must be doing because their youtube channel recently uploaded a video from a Kinda Funny (from now on KF) live event and the production blew me away. I'm posting the video below so you can see it for yourselves. Obviously KF can't pull these events off regularly because it looks expensive as shit and the production value is insanely high but that they can even pull such an event off to begin with is crazy. I can't imagine that GB could ever have the budget to do something like this the way their business is today.
It's extra crazy to me because KF isn't that old and it's already gotten insanely huge. Now Greg Miller, Colin Moriaty and the rest of the KF crew obviously had an advantage in IGN. They spent years making a name of themselves in the gaming community through their time at IGN and they could build upon that "fame" so to speak, and create something like KF because of their previous work. In that way I find KF and GB kinda similiar. Jeff was a well known gaming personality at a big gaming site before he started his own thing. The big difference is of course that Jeff didn't have a choice where Greg choose to stop at IGN. But other than that I find the creation and mentality behind KF and GB slightly similiar. It's a more personal and personality driven site/youtube channel. You follow GB because of Jeff, Vinny, Brad, Dan etc. Just like I presume people follow KF because they really like the people behind it.
But the biggest difference is perhaps Patreon. Patreon wasn't a thing when GB got started but both KF and Danny O'Dwyer with Noclip has shown that you can be very succesful and have more control over the content you create and put out when you go the crowdfunding route. And I seem to recall seeing a KF video with Jeff where he said something along the lines of that he would really serious consider going the crowdfunding route if that had been a viable option back when GB started.
I'm sure GB is doing okay financially but after seeing how well for example KF and Noclip is doing I can't help but wonder if GB's current financial situation is the most efficient and/or sustainable one for GB. If GB were to launch today I think they might have gone the Patreon route. It worries me because more and more company owned gaming sites like Gamespot have become less and less about games and personality driven content. Now it's more about who can get the most clicks. That's why more and more video game sites also writes about movies and TV shows besides gaming. I just can't help but wonder if there is pressure from higher places to make Giant Bomb more broadly appealing by covering a wider aspect of content that really isn't in GB's interest.
GB do of course have their own kind of crowdfunding with paid memberships but I can't help but wonder if they would be more succesfull just going the Patreon route. It would also give GB more control over their content and remove some of the pressure that might, or maybe might not, be when you're part of a big company.
With all this said I'll just make it clear that I love GB and the work they do. Otherwise I wouldn't support the site and in the end I think GB is going to be fine. But there is no denying that video game culture and the coverage of video games have changed a lot in these last few years partly because of crowdfunding. It made me wonder if GB would be a crowdfunded youtube channel if they were to launch today.
What's your thought's on this subject?
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