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Achievement Unlocked: How Techstars Helped GameWisp Level Up

Posted by Michael Anderson

Apr 24, 2015 2:00:00 PM

In the summer of 2014, the founders of GameWisp had the opportunity to participate in the Techstars program in Chicago. We knew it would be a grueling experience, but the magnitude of the challenge was nothing we could have realistically anticipated. A snapshot of our time: our team worked 11 hour days, 6 days a week (and sometimes 7). We were all painfully far away from our family and friends. We had never been challenged on so many levels, at such an incredible pace.  When they say rocket fuel, they mean rocket fuel.

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Topics: Start-Ups

Ray Narvaez Jr. Leaves Rooster Teeth for Twitch: Change in the Air

Posted by Greg Rozen

Apr 16, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Ray Narvaez Jr. is kind of a big deal. A key member of the Achievement Hunter crew, Narvaez has worked under the Rooster Teeth banner since 2012, where they relied upon him to record and explain the toughest challenges out there, achievements no-one else could touch. He’s been responsible for many of their popular achievement guides, and stars in Let’s Play videos along with the rest of the AH crew. Truly, during Rooster Teeth’s amazing rise to prominence, he has been a central figure.

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Topics: Opinion

Play Together: Collaboration Key to Growing Your Audience

Posted by Greg Rozen

Apr 9, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Everyone wants to know how to grow their channel. We’ve been having an incredible time going to conferences, hosting meet-ups with YouTubers and learning so much, engaging in conversations with content creators, figuring out what makes them tick, and what obstacles lie in their paths. Still, I find that a lot of those conversations, even with creators who know what they’re doing, their channels growing, end up in the same place.

“How do people get more viewers,” they ask. “What have you learned?”

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Topics: Opinion

Rooster Teeth Demonstrates the True Power of Fan Funding

Posted by Greg Rozen

Apr 2, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Rooster Teeth is, in many ways, the envy of the content creators everywhere. The production company was born a dozen years ago via the launching of their seminal series, Red Vs. Blue, its origins nothing more than a hand-full of friends drinking irresponsible quantities of alcohol and reviewing games. Now, with the power of a partnership with Fullscreen Studios, they boast two production spaces in two different cities, hundreds of employees, and a full, diverse catalog of content, live-action to animation, short-form to a feature-length film.

The first trailer for that film, Lazer Team, hit the web a short time ago, and it looks to continue the company’s tradition of high quality production and relatable humor, featuring a ridiculous premise and what appear to be impressive special effects. But, it’s actually the story behind the film that interests me. You see, Lazer Team is also a perfect example of how empowered creators can become when they engage and activate their fanbase. Rooster Teeth are the masters of fan-funding, and this film is their crowning achievement.

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Topics: Opinion

YouTube Live: Easy Streaming and the Joy of Not Editing

Posted by Greg Rozen

Mar 26, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Conferences like PAX East, for us, is about talking to creators. There are few better opportunities for conversations with YouTubers, streamers, and any number of other gaming celebrities, to find out about how they work, what’s working, where they struggle. What makes them tick. While having a great time, meeting amazing people and taking in the incredible games, booths, and panels, we also learn more about the space in three days than we can gather in weeks back home, tracking people down or scrounging the internet for little bits of information. It’s hard to overstate how much we enjoy it; really getting into the nuts and bolts with the people doing the real work.

Thing is, you listen enough, patterns start to emerge. This last time out, in Boston, one theme kept popping up, again and again.

“I’m making fewer videos,” they’d tell us, “and I’m streaming a lot more.”

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Topics: Opinion

PAX East: JackSepticEye, Markiplier, and the Power of Positivity

Posted by Greg Rozen

Mar 19, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The internet is a complex place. Now that the whole world is connected, and almost anyone can get online, frequent message boards and news aggregators, and find their way to incredible content on YouTube, its easier than ever to have a conversation, to make your voice heard and become part of a community. Of course, not everyone uses this incredible gift for good.

Comment sections, forums, live chats, these all let people get a word in without having to show their face, or give their name. Anonymity, for the most part, is ubiquitous, and that doesn’t always encourage the best behavior. YouTubers often experience this first hand.

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Topics: Opinion

Lessons From PAX: Runaway Guys Doing "Live" Right

Posted by Greg Rozen

Mar 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Well, another PAX has come to an end. We spent this past weekend in Boston, along with developers, YouTubers, streamers, and tens of thousands of fans, celebrating the games we love and the people who play them. Of course, it was an absolute blast; we were able to show off our new Insider program and connect with a lot of talented creators, but just as important, we again had the privilege of hosting meet-ups and autograph signings for a fantastic list of YouTubers.

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Topics: Opinion

GameWisp Comes to Bean Town: PAX East 2015

Posted by Greg Rozen

Mar 5, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Now that mother nature has taken a few weeks off from her job of pounding the northeast with one catastrophic blizzard after another, it’s time for the world of video gaming to converge on the city of Boston for the annual extravaganza of nerdom that is PAX East. It was just a bit over a month ago that I attended the inaugural southern iteration of the expo down in San Antonio, Texas, and had an absolute blast. But, from what I hear, that event was small, quaint, compared to what lies ahead.

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Topics: Opinion

Don't You Dare Make Us Cool: Nintendo, Saban, and 'Power/Rangers'

Posted by Greg Rozen

Feb 26, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This week, the internet gave us something great in the form of director Joseph Kahn’s ridiculous, over-the-top, very NSFW short film based on the Power Rangers children’s show. It’s violent. It’s self-aware. It’s awesome. But, it’s not easy to see the unedited cut. Not anymore. Not since Saban pressured Vimeo into taking the video down.

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Topics: Opinion

DLC: The Best and Worst Thing Ever

Posted by Greg Rozen

Feb 19, 2015 7:30:00 AM

One of the internet's preeminent gaming personalities, whether he likes it or not, made a statement of note earlier this week when TotalBiscuit posted this video, detailing his personal evolution on so-called “day-one cosmetic DLC.” You see, back in 2011, the same TotalBuscuit made a video decrying content of this type during the release of Portal 2, player skins, mostly. Cut to this year’s release of Turtle Rock’s Evolve and its controversial DLC program, and TotalBiscuit doesn’t mind.

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Topics: Opinion

    

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