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A Change Of Direction For Future Content

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In order to help improve my channel and grow the community around it, I’ve made some changes to the planned content.

1] I will be stopping daily streams.

I haven’t been able to grow the viewership on these streams enough to justify spending three hours a day on them, plus the time it takes to make graphics and everything that goes along with it.

The viewership we do have, is strong and very generous. We actually have more subscribers than we do viewers most of the time, which has to be some sort of weird record for twitch.

2] “ROP Live” is gone, for now.

The gaming news show pulled in a decent amount of viewers, but ultimately didn’t grow. I’ll now cover news in videos on my YouTube. This will allow me to react faster to things, not having to wait a week to talk about industry news.

3] Multiplayer Friday will continue.

I love playing games with the community, and want to focus on this more. On Friday’s we’re going to group up with as many as we can and play our favourite games together on stream. These streams are now going to last longer also. I recommend joining our steam group if you want to take part.

4] Streams will happen when I have something cool to show.

With these changes, I’m only streaming one day a week, on Friday with multiplayer. However, if I’m playing a game for review, or get sent one early, then I’ll look to stream that.

This means the games will always be current and I’ll be talking about them in a review aspect, instead of just playing a random campaign of a random game.

If you tune into a ROP stream, it’ll be something worth checking out. These streams can also go on for longer too. If this is ever the case, I’ll post it to my twitter, and probably post a “Live now” type video to YouTube.

So that’s the current plan.

This also means I’ll have to change around some tiers on Patreon, as some of them relied on streams. The reason I’m doing this is because I believe I have spread myself too thin, not being able to give proper attention to either platform, and both platforms are stagnating.

If it continues this way for much longer, I’ll have no way of making content for either platform.

This is an effort from me, to retreat, close ranks and give as much attention to one platform as I can in order to grow it. While Twitch has been monetarily really strong for me (on par with YouTube if not better) ultimately, I need to focus on growth first, and I’m a stronger video producer than I am livestream personality. These changes now free up over 10hours during the week to work on videos and get them out much faster.

These changes will take effect on December 1st.

The Senate Roll - September 1st - Thank you!

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So on the first of every month, I thought it'd be fun to do a roll call. This means adding up all of the names in Twitch subscribers and in Patreon at the $5 or above level. 

The support has been crazy so far, in just this week alone we've pushed Republic of Play beyond 30,000 subscribers on YouTube, sitting near 32,000 as I write this. On Twitch we've pushed through 5,000 followers and are making great strides to 6,000 with a very active viewerbase and chat - and we're just getting started.

It's only been 1 week, but already with combined income from Patreon, Twitch & YouTube I'm nearly 50% of the way to my monthly goal. I'm expecting things to slow down from the initial announcement, but either way this has been a huge start to the channel. The reddit and especially discord are buzzing with activity and it makes me proud to see members finding eachother and playing games together.

The voting starts today also, if you want head on over to the voting area to cast a vote on what games (old or new) you want to see the most of, and drop me a suggestion of one that's not on the list if you like. Any contributor at any level gets a say in it.

Remember, if you're a contributor on Twitch or Patreon, jump into discord and let me know your username so I can assign you appropriate roles there.

So that's pretty much it, I've got some new vids lined up for next week so we're going to be firing on all cylinders. For the Republic! :D

-Darren