May 23, 2017

Patreon

Who are you?

Hi, my name is Frank, I am 39 years old and I live in Germany. I am the founder of the YouTube channel “360GameTV”. I discovered my passion for video games very early in the 1980s and since then it is a part of my life.

What do you do on YouTube?

In general, I focus on achievement- and trophyguides for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, respectively. I upload these guides soon after, if not alongside, the release of certain games. The aim of these videos in particular is to help people getting the collectibles as well as the newest and hardest achievements or trophies in their beloved games.

What is Patreon and how does it work?

Patreon is a crowd-founding platform that offers new opportunities for artists and creators of all sorts of content. It is in fact the easiest way for you to support me. After signing up on the website, you are able to donate an amount of money with which you feel comfortable. This donation is set on a monthly base. Your donated money will eventually be debited from your credit card or PayPal account.

You are able to cancel your support at any time. There are no contractual commitments.

Why Patreon?

Well, this is actually a fair question. Running a YouTube channel, of the size and amount of quality you will find on my channel, is almost a full-time job. However, I am not a full-time YouTuber. The only income I make from the channel is from advertising revenue. We all know that these revenues are not very high, due to ad blockers and other applications. This leads to the issue that nearly every big YouTuber relies on his fans.

Furthermore, it is extremely hard to get your hands on game samples distributed by the game publishers in Germany, hence I am forced to buy every game by myself, for which I want to create content. As you might guess, this is very expensive in the long run.

Your support would eventually help me to further create guides on a high level of quality for the newest games. The goal for the future is to develop the channel in a more diverse way by including even more games. On a side note, your support would also help to ease the pressure of being the first to release a guide for a newly released game to get the needed clicks for the advertising revenue. Without this pressure, the quality of my videos would be even higher. It is basically a win-win situation for everyone.

Why are there no Patreon goals and rewards?

Personally, I strongly dislike the idea of measuring the amount of support with the amount of money donated. Every donation is helpful. If you want to support me, I very much appreciate it. However, it doesn’t really matter how much you donate – all that counts is your support. Therefore, I decided to exclude monthly goals.

The same applies to the rewards. Favouring people over others just because they donated more? Again, that is just not my pair of shoes. For example, if you want to add me on Xbox Live then you don’t need to pay for it – just write a message on the respective platform. I will not force you to pay for things like this.

Will there be giveaway for Patreons?

In all honesty, I don’t think so. This is due to the situation of game samples in Germany and as long as this situation doesn’t change, giveaways won’t be a thing. Sorry!

Will your content stay free in the future?

Absolutely! There will never be any payed content on my channel. Every video is free to watch and additional information and competitions can be found on my twitter page and blog.

Is there any other way to support you?

Yes, there is. If you don’t feel comfortable with the monthly donations on Patreon then you are also welcome to donate via PayPal. Other than that it is obviously helpful and appreciated if you watch, share and like my videos. And while you are there, feel free to leave a comment.