Today, the Yogs unveiled a new channel, Conquest. It’s interesting, to say the least. It feels like a console-only kind of channel, at least, judging from the statements. I don’t REALLY mind that it’s apparently sponsored by Sony, considering the fact that
These games have been played by one of the members of the Yogs (I think)
It’s implied it’s sponsored, (not 100% satisfied by it. I mean ‘powered’) but eh~
The main channel has recently been uploading quite a few sponsored videos. Again, I don’t really mind, but I would like to see more non-Minecraft, non-sponsored videos on the channel. Can’t really give a reason why, but I do miss the adventures of two friends just faffing around.
I doubt that this new ‘channel’ will impact their individual channel uploads so I don’t think that’s a main concern. What does concern me is the increase in more sponsored videos. This is purely speculation, and pessimism, but I am worried that the increase in sponsored videos will stifle chances for other videos (which are not minecraft) to appear on the channels. It might also affect how they act in the videos. Not criticism, or bad mouthing etc etc. That’s not something I’m fine with.
The idea of sponsoring isn’t exclusive in gaming and I have had seen my fair share it in other fields. I know that it DOES affect one’s mindset in a way, but by how much, is dependent on the person accepting said gifts. This statement kinda reminds me of a statement in the WH40k Eisenhorn omnibus about Inquisitors (won’t say who said it cause of spoilers). It’s about how an inquisitor begins as a Puritan but slowly but surely deviates to using more Radical means before finally turning to Chaos. It is a gradual process and is not realized by the inquisitor. Will we refresh our YouTube subs one day to see a wall full of sponsored videos?
But then again, the Yogs are not Inquisitors of the Holy Imperium of Man, nor are they game reviewers. So if they get to play games they want to play, AND get more money for it, I’m all for it. Hell, if I was in their position, I’d take up the offer as well. Consider it choosing the lesser of two evils, preferring a variety in content instead of the usual Minecraft stuff. (Which isn’t bad, mind you. I’m just sick of staring at cubes all day)
I recall someone in the yogs mentioning before that if the content creator was not happy with the deal (or the fact that they wouldn’t have played it in the first place), they wouldn’t play the game, and so I sincerely hope that they live up to that statement. I enjoy the yogs because the content they make is nice, relaxing and loads of fun. I would hate to see that ruined if the sponsored content soured the feeling or affected the dynamic of it all.
All in all, it’s a strange time to be an old Yognaut/Yognaught. I can only hope that it does not end with sponsored videos galore.
TL:DR: New channel, all vids appear to be sponsored. Jimmies are being rustled.
EDIT: It appears the sponsored stuff is only for the ‘first wave’ of videos. It’s interesting indeed.
Zylus confirmed @ insomnia
Ah… another glorious and peacefu-
GOD DAMN IT YOGLABS
Why there’s no WH40k AU of either the Yogs or TB and co is beyond me.