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Most of you probably already know of the problems and unprofessional behavior we encountered this year with our advertising agency when they failed to deliver a campaign worthy of E3. This left us in a difficult financial situation which we're currently trying to address by finding ways to continue delivering the content people demand in 2016 and beyond. Among them is the launching of a Patreon campaign – a participatory system which works almost like a monthly subscription service without the long term commitment of something like Kickstarter. For those that wish to help out, financial contributions are now possible, with some of the upper tiers even offering a bit of a bonus. We tried to find a set of bonus ideas that will help show our gratitude without penalizing those who are unable or choose not to participate in the Patreon. For anyone interested, it's easy - just to go this address and make a donation. Inside you'll find a bit more details on the Patreon system and the reasons we went for it in the first place.
Update: Our Patreon livestream is up (skip the first minute and 20 seconds).


What is Patreon?


Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that allows a community to help support a project on a monthly, or non-monthly, basis. It's possible to pay just one time, several times, or a fixed amount over a specified time much like a subscription service. The advantages are clear – the ability to launch a project before reaching a certain goal in addition to commitment only extending as far as the monthly income permits. Given the fact that we are all volunteers, we cannot in any way ensure the indefinite survival of the site and we don't want your money to be spent on long term promises that we might not be able to keep. That said, our goal is obviously to maintain the activity of Gamersyde as long as possible to continue defending the importance of video quality in our medium on the Internet. If you want to know more about Patreon, check out the Wikipedia page.
MikeManiac61
MikeManiac61
Commented on 2016-05-13 22:35:26
I'll definitely try my best to donate, you guys give high quality vids and you fellas work hard

EDIT:Just came a patreon!
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Exoskeletor
Exoskeletor
Commented on 2016-05-13 22:57:16
Greetings from Greece, i have just donate
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crookedmind
crookedmind
Commented on 2016-05-14 00:28:04
Just watched the replay.

I like the idea of merchandise for some of the rewards. Simple merchandise, I'd take a Gamersyde coffee mug.

Everything else I think you have covered on the Patreon page. However, just glancing over the page and not being familiar with Patreon, is it a one time payment or reoccurring payment month to month?

Pledge $40 or more per month - reads like a subscription.

I'd just like to be clear on it because I want to give you guys some money, but I can't commit to $40 every month.


Also, I think you should get a volunteer to stream everyday/every other day, i.e. that is his job. Not just to show new games or upcoming reviews, but to play any games -- anything helps. Half of those people who stream games with huge audiences don't have shit to say about anything and are as about as interesting as a stack of bricks. I think any sort of publicity for Gamersyde is good publicity and you should take advantage of it. The more people who are aware of the site, the more potential donations, longevity, etc, etc.
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aufkrawall
aufkrawall
Commented on 2016-05-14 01:24:33
Sorry to hear you're having troubles. I disabled my adblocker for this page some months ago and I'm also clicking some ads. I download big videos via torrent and provide some bandwidth then.
However, I do not like to explicitly pay.
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Megido
Megido
Commented on 2016-05-14 01:57:29
Looks like it's going well though. Almost at the $400 goal already.
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Nathaniel_Wu
Nathaniel_Wu
Commented on 2016-05-14 05:58:14
Ok, I've signed a monthly donate, but how do you know it's me?
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digi_matrix
digi_matrix
Commented on 2016-05-14 06:06:18
Awesome! Probably a good idea to have a video on the Patreon page so people know what they'll be paying for.
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curiouscharles
curiouscharles
Commented on 2016-05-14 06:30:11
what happened with E3 exactly?

will donate when i can, i've appreciated your guys' work for... gosh, feels like a decade now?
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Driftwood - Dictateur en chef
Driftwood
Commented on 2016-05-14 07:16:00 In reply to crookedmind
Posted by Nathaniel_Wu
Ok, I've signed a monthly donate, but how do you know it's me?
You need to send us a message via the Patreon page. :)
Posted by curiouscharles
what happened with E3 exactly?

will donate when i can, i've appreciated your guys' work for... gosh, feels like a decade now?
Last year, the ad company basically gave us no interesting campaign. We had more visitors than the year before but we earned a lot less.
Posted by aufkrawall
Sorry to hear you're having troubles. I disabled my adblocker for this page some months ago and I'm also clicking some ads. I download big videos via torrent and provide some bandwidth then.
However, I do not like to explicitly pay.
That's fine, we completely understand. You're helping a lot already.
Posted by crookedmind
Just watched the replay.

I like the idea of merchandise for some of the rewards. Simple merchandise, I'd take a Gamersyde coffee mug.

Everything else I think you have covered on the Patreon page. However, just glancing over the page and not being familiar with Patreon, is it a one time payment or reoccurring payment month to month?

Pledge $40 or more per month - reads like a subscription.

I'd just like to be clear on it because I want to give you guys some money, but I can't commit to $40 every month.


Also, I think you should get a volunteer to stream everyday/every other day, i.e. that is his job. Not just to show new games or upcoming reviews, but to play any games -- anything helps. Half of those people who stream games with huge audiences don't have shit to say about anything and are as about as interesting as a stack of bricks. I think any sort of publicity for Gamersyde is good publicity and you should take advantage of it. The more people who are aware of the site, the more potential donations, longevity, etc, etc.
It's like a subscription indeed but you can change what you donate (or stop) anytime you want. As for having someone stream everyday, it is a good idea without a doubt, the only problem being that we'd need someone who can do it in both English and French, and who has the equipment to stream in the same quality as we do. We'll see what can be done.

Thanks a lot for your support guys, we never really thought we could actually get so much money at launch. We know it most cettainly won't be as much every month, which is perfectly understandable of course, but to know that the launch of our Patreon is not a failure means a lot to us.
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crookedmind
crookedmind
Commented on 2016-05-14 10:04:18
Posted by Driftwood
It's like a subscription indeed but you can change what you donate (or stop) anytime you want. As for having someone stream everyday, it is a good idea without a doubt, the only problem being that we'd need someone who can do it in both English and French, and who has the equipment to stream in the same quality as we do. We'll see what can be done.
Great!
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Trebby
Trebby
Commented on 2016-05-14 11:00:15
Also pledged a bit. It's the smallest amount possible but I can't afford more at the moment.
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Driftwood - Dictateur en chef
Driftwood
Commented on 2016-05-14 11:02:25 In reply to Trebby
Posted by Trebby
Also pledged a bit. It's the smallest amount possible but I can't afford more at the moment.
You don't need to justify yourself. Thanks a lot! :)
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Driftwood - Dictateur en chef
Driftwood
Commented on 2016-05-14 11:34:20
I don't think you know a lot of French gamers. :D
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Driftwood - Dictateur en chef
Driftwood
Commented on 2016-05-14 12:10:13
French people are chauvinistic indeed, but they are in their own language for the most part. English is not really their thing. ^^

If we could find two different guys (one French speaking, one English speaking), willing to stream for free, it could make everyone happy. I'm not sure it'll be easy to find them though.
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hotkirby
hotkirby
Commented on 2016-05-14 12:11:51
Why isn't there a insane option to pledge like 100k or more ? There is always some rich oil sheik waiting to trow some money around :p.

PS:The reward should be e personal diner under the Eifel with mothergoose
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Driftwood - Dictateur en chef
Driftwood
Commented on 2016-05-14 12:14:04 In reply to hotkirby
Well the "$40 or more" pledge is there for overly rich people who don't know what to do with their money. :)
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Megido
Megido
Commented on 2016-05-14 12:24:24 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
If we could find two different guys (one French speaking, one English speaking), willing to stream for free, it could make everyone happy. I'm not sure it'll be easy to find them though.
That's why i suggested hosting as an alternative, i bet there are a few users who would be ok with streaming a bit every now and then :)
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md99
md99
Commented on 2016-05-14 16:53:35
Will set up a monthly donation when i'm home tonight. So many gaming sites have disappeared over the past few years and most of what remains are rubbish. I'd be gutted if anything happened to this place.
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crookedmind
crookedmind
Commented on 2016-05-15 00:08:23 In reply to hotkirby
Posted by hotkirby
PS:The reward should be e personal diner under the Eifel with mothergoose
Don't you mean a moonlight dinner at the eiffel tower with Miguel? I can picture it now, soft whispers in your ear about how you're using your video card totally wrong.
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Xeviant
Xeviant
Commented on 2016-05-15 23:27:38 In reply to crookedmind
Naw, bromantic boat ride on the Seine, it passes right by the Eiffel Tower, and if you time it right (about 2100) when they light it up, you'll have maximum bromance, it'll be super effective.
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Toplinkar
Toplinkar
Commented on 2016-05-17 15:03:31
Hey folks. This is problably my firts comment on this website, but I've been using it for a long time.

I usually tell people that this is the best site when it comes to video game trailers and screenshots, it's time to put some money where my mouth is.

Best of luck to you all, keep up the great work.
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nayred
nayred
Commented on 2016-05-18 10:21:08
i'm not wealthy so i cant send you big pledge, but i hope this $2 per month make a little difference. thank you kindly for this site, stay tuned, sorry for bad english, in soviet russia there are problems with other languages, you know
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squeek
squeek
Commented on 2016-05-18 18:31:50
Like many others, I have been visiting for many years and although I am saving for a house I want to help. I will be the bottom level Patreon for a while but as soon as I can I will be sure to fire some funds your way - your work over the years has been fantastic, and you have been my number one source for great videos!
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