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Posted by2 months ago

Dunkey is starting an indie game publishing company called Big Mode

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brb gonna submit a JRPG.

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I hope there's farming in it.

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We do a miniscule ammount of trolling

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Context? Does the guy love or hate JRPGs?

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A lot of big words, very little concrete information on what exactly does he offer. I wish him well though.

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I have a feeling if he honestly means "I play a lot of games so I know what's good" he's going to have a very rude awakening.

"Yeah what's wrong with big publishers is they don't play enough games...."

When I worked at Sony the VP of North America worked out of our office heck he had a huge office we walked by. While he wasn't always at the studio when he was he often played games... Everyone plays games.

But I'd say most gamers and most youtubers who play games really know very little of the actual business of game dev which is probably going to be a rude awakening.

I wish him luck though because it'd be good to have more honest and visible publishers but we will see.

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it's explained on the publishing page.
They offer funding, marketing, PR...

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There is so much negativity about this company on the internet, and I don’t understand it. His videos get 10+ million views. That kind of exposure alone is worth a ton.

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It’s a publishing platform. That means they help fund the game, provide creative guidance, and then advertise and market it. In return they take a cut of the proceeds. Dunkeys got the cash and the audience (approx 2m views per video) which are the two essential ingredients to be successful at this.

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He is obviously making Knack 3.

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A company made by a YouTuber that is known for making video content on games seems shaky enough without the pitch itself being as empty as it is.

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I also hope this works out for the best. But I'm wary. If I were investing in this endeavor or seeking to work with BigMode, there are a few things I'd keep an eye on.
First:
Dunkey is a journalists at heart. He has a critical eye for an end product, but may not have much insight into the pre-production and production processes. It is a new and completely different role for him and there'll be a lot of learning involved. I'd want to be careful to give him space to do that learning.
Second:
He made allusions to continuing his existing channel as is. I'm wary that he sees publishing as a part-time job. Again, if I were working with his new business, I'd want to know he was dedicated to supporting his business partners. I'd want to discuss that with him directly. Make sure it wouldn't become an issue.
Third:
I've been in software production for 20+ years and game production for 2-3. I've learned the markings of successful products from the inside. Unfortunately, those markings are often invisible from the outside. They're seen in the people on the team, the processes they've created, the internal and external milestones they've set/met (or not set/met). The success of any piece of software is dictated by the people who make it.
Dunkey's call-to-arms at the end of this video makes me concerned that he doesn't have a list of trusted/reliable dev studios, artists, designers, and engineers in his rolodex. He will soon have a list of thousands of aspiring game makers, but how will he filter that list to those who are genuinely capable? He may be able to curtail his popularity into a successful publishing business, but it will take a lot of work that doesn't look much like the work he's done over the last decade.

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I wish him luck and hope he succeeds but he should do a video with more of a business model presentation in the future.

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Exactly what I thought, no info about what he is offering.

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It’s a publishing platform. That means they help fund the game, provide creative guidance, and then advertise and market it. In return they take a cut of the proceeds. Dunkeys got the cash and the audience (approx 2m views per video) which are the two essential ingredients to be successful at this.

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It’s a publishing platform. That means they help fund the game, provide creative guidance, and then advertise and market it. In return they take a cut of the proceeds. Dunkeys got the cash and the audience (approx 2m views per video) which are the two essential ingredients to be successful at this.

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