Armed Gamer Needs Your Help!


Games journalism is a difficult industry. Far too often, writers are expected to work for little to no money (no, “exposure” is not pay, and screw anyone who says that), and getting started in the games journalism space is especially difficult in no small part because of market saturation.

If, by some miracle, you get a large audience and some decent website traffic,  converting that traffic to a sustainable business model is yet another hurdle to cross. Gamers (and let’s be honest, most tech-savvy people) are distrustful of ads, which is absolutely why adblock is so popular, but where does that leave the content creators?

In order to make a blogging business sustainable, there are really two paths to go. One is to make the market worse by infusing more ads and finding more duplicitous ways to squeeze out advertising revenue. The second path is to turn to you, the community, to find a way to make the product (in this case, the blog and associated properties) as good as possible while simultaneously making it sustainable.

I never want to make Armed Gamer anything else than the best it can be, so I’d much rather turn to you, the community, to find a way to make Armed Gamer as sustainable as I can without having to rely on ads (they’re inconsistent, and really they just bug people instead of being helpful). Right now, the best possible solution I can come up with is Patreon.

Patreon is a website that allows you, the community, to pledge a monthly contribution that will allow me to continue to operate Armed Gamer full time. This includes me paying my freelancers, web developers, etc. I want to make it clear, money would end up in my pocket last. I always make sure those who help me are properly compensated to the best of my ability.

Let me be clear: In order for Armed Gamer to continue to run, I need your help. Any small contribution (yes, even just $1/month) is immensely helpful to the site, and would allow me to keep Armed Gamer running well into the future. Nothing is going behind a pay wall. However, I also want to make sure those who contribute more receive something in return, which is why I’ve set up some good rewards for people who donate more.

If you look at the full Patreon campaign, you can see all the rewards as well as the goals. As you can see, in order for Armed Gamer to become stable enough to be sustainable without ads, we would need to raise $6,000/month, which seems daunting, but it’s actually incredibly possible. We have a large, active Facebook community, and if only 3% of the community contributes just $1, we could afford to turn off ads and keep Armed gamer running well into the future.

I also don’t want to make this just about me, though. If you have any suggestions, or any other way you can help, please do. I am an open book, and if you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments. I’ve been working on Armed Gamer for a few years now, and I think we’re ready to become bigger, but we can’t do this without help from the community.

Again, this can’t be done without your help, so please contribute in any way you can. Thank you.

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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