Famous YouTuber Asked For $22,000 to Cover Indie Game

The popularity of gaming channels on YouTube is astonishing and already surpassed the influence of many leading print-based websites. Also, the huge array of indie games on Steam means it’s very easy to be overlooked and requires marketing from a YouTube personality or website. Ideally, indie developers would like to engage in an advertising campaign but this isn’t possible given their limited budget. As YouTubers become more powerful, there is a greater chance of personalities having a sense self-importance and making outrageous demands.

According to a post on Reddit, this appears to be the case as Ben Tester from Wales Interactive claims a very famous, undisclosed YouTuber asked for $22,000 to cover an unknown title. The developer in question created Soul Axiom and initially offered to send a review code. Ben divulged the course-of-events and said:

“On one of my normal PR rounds I received an email from a very popular YouTuber with a few million subscribers offering to have one of our games featured on their YouTube channel for a rate of either $17,600 for 2-3 talking points or $22,000 for 2-3 talking points AND a description link,”

“An interesting Tweet I saw from SteamSpy this afternoon claims there doesn’t seem to be much of a correlation between number of Steam sales a game has after it’s been covered by a popular YTer,”

He also clarified that the YouTube channel is genuine and declined the monetary offer:

“I must stress that I emailed the YTer first to ask if they would like to receive a free code for our game to play for their channel. The YTer did NOT mention anything about making a ‘positive’ promotion nor was this a scam from a fake YTer. Finally I’d like to state that I refused the offer.”

The traditional gaming press has a terrible reputation with consumers and often seen as untrustworthy. This now appears to be plaguing at least one major YouTube channel and it’s unknown how widespread this problem is. Perhaps, it’s always best to be cautious and not idolize and kind of celebrity to prevent disappointment.

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information.

Ubisoft Screws Up Update for The Crew… Again!

Maintenance work is supposed to improve things and not make them worse, but the latter seems to be the situation after last weekends work on The Crew for PS4. A lot of users are getting the error code #3_5eaa9404_3 that implies a corrupt save game and prevents the user from playing the game.

This isn’t the first time this has been an issue either for Ubisoft and their PS4 version of The Crew. Both in July and December users experienced the same problems according to a 250+ post forum thread on the official support forum.

Ubisoft is simply asking all its users that experience the issue to create a support ticket and submit their details – but users report of 4-day silences on their tickets, so far.


Professional Counter-Strike Players Hit With Life-Long Tournament Bans

After eSports organiser ESEA expelled a number of professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player involved in a betting ring, Valve has followed suit, banning those players involved from all future Valve-sponsored events, or ‘Valve Majors’.

The Counter-Strike betting ring scored its members over $10,000-worth of in-game items from just one match, which was thrown by the gamblers for the sake of winning their bets. The subsequent bans issued by ESEA were listed as lasting one year, but the organiser insisted that “ESEA reserves the right to extend the bans indefinitely.”

ESEA further clarified its policy, saying:

“To be clear, after these events originally took place in August, 2014, ESEA put into place a policy that explicitly prohibited players, team managers, or team sponsors from betting on their own matches. We strongly encourage all organizations, regardless of their affiliation with Valve, to mirror and enforce these bans so that a clear message is sent — there is no place for match fixing in professional gaming.”

The list of players banned by both ESEA and Valve includes:

Valve’s firm stance on the matter is uncharacteristic, marking this incident that motivated it noteworthy. Valve’s official statement reads, “all together, the information we have collected and received makes us uncomfortable continuing any involvement with these individuals. Therefore we will be directing our CS:GO event partners to not allow any of the following individuals’ participation in any capacity in Valve-sponsored events.”

“Professional players, their managers, and teams’ organization staff, should under no circumstances gamble on CS:GO matches, associate with high volume CS:GO gamblers, or deliver information to others that might influence their CS:GO bets.”

The ban may have robbed the Counter-Strike community of some of its top players, but through ESEA and Valve’s hard-line reaction it has maintained its competitive integrity.

Source: TweakTown