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    • Let’s Play: Update 2.X

      2 months ago

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      Hello, hello, what’s up, what’s up! This is our third (and maybe last?) partnership update for the year. It’s been a crazy year. Let’s Play Live tour, 3 RTX events, Schooled Season 2, Family Reunion, Lazer Team 2 on the way, top notch D&D shows, Sugar Pine 7 birthed from some cursed womb to achieve highest glory... And nothing else of general consequence outside of our beautiful garden. Wild year.


      THE NEXT GEN 3: DEGEN


      James Buckley, Honorary Achievement Hunter


      I’m really excited to finally announce this partnership. We’ve loved working with James in let’s plays and podcasts, particularly alongside Achievement Hunter. I don’t think there’s another guest that has had to fly so far and fit in so well. So it’s official, James Buckley and his channel “Completed It Mate” are part of the Let’s Play family and he is bestowed the title of Honorary Achievement Hunter. 


      For those of you who are unfamiliar with James’s work… get a Netflix account! James is a veteran actor from the UK and you can watch him in the classic series (and movies) The Inbetweeners and recent hit White Gold. He’s also the star of a great fantasy-comedy Zapped, which you can watch on the channel Dave. Yes, England is an exotic country where pudding is made of meat and TV channels go by their first name.


      We’re looking forward to more good times with James and we hope you are, too.


      BedBananas and Tomato Gaming


      I’m really happy to announce we’re completing our partnership with the three man hive-mind of Criken, Bed, and Tomato


      Bed joined us for our amazing PUBG with Everyone collab. He’s best known for his high concept machinima series and semi-roleplay let’s plays. Tomato is an expert at pushing games to their breaking point to capture some of the funniest multiplayer moments. Like Criken and Bed, he blends the real and surreal with roleplay.


      We’re just getting started with these guys and hope to have more announcements coming your way soon.


      There you have it! Great way to cruise into the new year. I’m sure I’ll be back here soon enough with more to discuss with you guys.

    • Let's Play: Update 2.1

      6 months ago

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      When it rains, it pours. Second update of the year! We have a few announcements that are big enough to drag me out of my muddy cave and subject you to my creaky voice.


      THE NEXT GEN 2: REGEN


      New Let's Play family members incoming. I'm pleased to say Let's Play continues to be the greatest collection of misfits on the world wide web.


      Criken (and his Carnival) [LINK]


      I'm really happy to announce the Crik Master is joining the Let's Play family. I've known and worked with Criken since he was a 16 year old kid burning down the internet with his circus troupe of psychos. I like to think of myself as an early fan and great supporter/enabler of his antics. These days he's a veteran YouTuber and accomplished game designer cooking up his own violent delights for players to enjoy.


      Check out our recent Friday the 13th collab to understand what a great addition he is to the family table. 


      Sugar Pine 7 + Boys Only Club [SP7/BOC]


      If you guys attended RTX, this won't be a surprise. We're welcoming the Sugar Pine 7 gang into the Let's Play family. 


      We're also able to announce that we're working with Reina Scully and Steven Suptic's project, Boys Only Club, as well. A complete set, never removed from box, and in mint condition. Truly, I am an extraordinary collector.


      You can check them out every other week on our new broadcast show Tuesday Night Game Fight, alongside 7 other teams including Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, Game Attack, JT Machinima, and more.


      SAYING GOOD BYE


      As you may have heard, Jordan and Dan are saying good bye to The Creatures and shutting down the hub channel soon. 


      This has been a tough year to do business on YouTube. A big part of what we provide to independent creators through Let's Play is access to merchandising, sponsorships, and other income opportunities to help stabilize the shifting fortunes of the YouTube ad market, but the dramatic downturn for many creators in 2017 has been unprecedented. Between these challenges and new personal career opportunities, the decision was made to wind down The Creatures after 6 historic years.


      I'm following Jordan and Dan in their next chapters and I hope you will, too. 


      So that's it for this update. Lots of good news, a bit of sad news. Hope to get back to you soon with even more to announce!

    • Let's Play: Year 2 Update

      7 months ago

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      Hello everybody, nice to see you again! It's been... wow, ok, it's been a year. You do a few live tours and new shows and conventions and such and time gets away from you. I'm Luis Medina, the GM of Let's Play which means I run the business operations side of RT's Let's Play family of channels.


      To start off, some of you guys wonder how everything works on the business side for the different Let's Play groups and speculate on it from time to time. So as a quick guide, here's how Let's Play works in three sentences: 


      1. Let's Play groups that are "siblings" are employed by Rooster Teeth and work in-house in Austin or LA (Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, etc.). 
      2. Let's Play groups that are "cousins" are independent companies or individuals who partner with Rooster Teeth to do merchandising, sponsorships/advertisements, original programming, etc. (Cow Chop, Kinda Funny, The Creatures, Game Attack, etc.). 
      3. Let's Play is the umbrella brand we use to tie it all together, but we like for all of our groups to do their own thing and make the kind of programming they want to make and that you have chosen to watch. 

      Done and done. Let's move on to the good stuff. This time around, we're going to focus on goings-on with our growing family of Let's Play cousins.


      THE NEXT GEN


      When Geoff and I were discussing the Let's Play family and the kinds of creators we wanted to work with, it was clear to us that we had a very narrow set of requirements. There are lots of great creators we watch and even some that we've worked with that haven't fit in all the ways we'd like either in front of or behind the camera. So the folks we've invited in here have really run the gauntlet. If there's anyone else you think we NEED to be working with, let us know in the comments below.


      JT Machinima (LINK)


      Like ScrewAttack, JT Machinima is all about creatively expressing a love for gaming and pop culture. We had to stretch our thinking of the Let's Play family to include a music-based channel, but we knew we liked them a lot and decided to make it work. 


      Happily, we're now launching their merch in the RT Store today! I'm also really excited for some of the creative projects and cameos we have in the works with these guys. You'll hear their music and see their faces in a few RT productions soon.


      NoahJ456 (LINK)


      Ever since Noah literally dragged Achievement Hunter's limp bodies through CoD Zombies maps last year, we pretty much new we needed to have Noah close at hand. He terrorized the field in Battlefield 1 and has done it all with a pretty chill attitude. He's the Fixer, the Wolf, the guy you call when you need a dirty job done with a clean smile. 


      LazarBeam (LINK)


      At first I was under the impression he was a vampire, but then it was explained to me that he's on the other side of the world. Lannan is Let's Play's Australian cousin and a favorite guest in the Austin studio. Now that convention season is upon us, we'll get to see even more of him again!


      Sugar Pine 7 (LINK)


      Steven Suptic will not leave me alone. He won't leave any of us alone, but he haunts me like a shadow. So, I guess we might as well make it part of our work hours. 


      You'll hear more about what we're cooking up with SP7 pretty soon. Honestly, you'll probably see it in a vlog first.


      THE OGs


      Here are a few highlights and links from current members of the family.


      Kinda Funny


      Kinda Funny Live 3!! It's a big deal and it's coming up soon. The guest list is already pretty wild and if you went KFL2 you know these gentlemen put on a show.


      Oh, and they stole Andy Cortez from the RT Games team. Yes of course, he's still in the family, but I will still consider this a betrayal and once again set Andy's status to "Dead To Me."


      Cow Chop


      Cow Chop has had a big first year of life! And the move to LA kicked off an even bigger Year 2. Now that they have their new studio space up and running, we've been working hard to integrate them here on FIRST through the FIRST Drive, new shows like Class of 198X and CCTV on the Cock Block, and even more awesome merch.


      Game Attack


      You can check out Craig's post, but we've switched up how we work with Craig & Shaun which has given them a lot of freedom to keep building GA. 


      So that's it for today! Be sure to check out JT Machinima's new collection on the RT Store and my favorite new show, Cow Chop's Class of 198X. Until next time, see ya!



    • ​Hello Internet

      1 year ago

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      Many of you may have watched the Off Topic podcast over the last few months and heard mention of a Luis. He’s the guy traveling with Geoff, or bothering Lindsay in the middle of the night with inane questions, or the traitorous rat bastard who helped Justine win that DOOM tournament.


      That’s me, I’m Luis.


      A few years ago, I met Matt and Burnie and they told me about different ideas for the future of Rooster Teeth and one always stuck with me. They described this idea Geoff had for Let’s Play, growing it into a bigger but tight-knit family of gamers. The idea was to go beyond the concept of a “YouTube network” and work hand-in-hand with content creators, imparting the wisdom Rooster Teeth had learned over 13 long years and sharing the resources they’ve built (e.g. a website platform, a successful store, a presence at conventions, etc.). Beyond the business side of things, it would open the door to new and exciting faces in let’s plays and podcasts and animations and sketches.


      A couple years passed and the company had other big goals to accomplish (...a feature-length movie is no joke, ladies and gentlemen). So when the time was right and Geoff was ready to jump into the project, Matt and Ezra tapped me on the shoulder to help bring it to life.

      So for the last 5 or 6 months, Geoff and I have been working together to build the new Let’s Play. I handle the contracts and the spreadsheets and the legal so-and-so, so Geoff can focus on the content and creative vision. When we sat down to figure out what we wanted to do, we came up with some ground rules for what the Let’s Play family was going to be about and how to identify who we wanted to bring aboard. Caleb had a great analogy about siblings and cousins on National Sibling Day, so I’ll use his categories.


      The Siblings:

      The members of Achievement Hunter, Funhaus, and ScrewAttack work for Rooster Teeth and it was really important that every move we made helped those groups grow and develop. This included supporting projects that would let everyone try new things and bring passion projects to life (look out for Theater Mode and a bunch of other soon-to-be-announced shows!). This also meant making sure everyone we chose to work with really meshed well and could support them. My job here is to help on the business side so that these guys can focus on making great content.


      The Cousins:

      The dream is always to work with people that you genuinely like, right? So we considered a few things: Who have we made content with before that worked out really well? Who does the audience seem to already really enjoy watching? Who has a different enough style and POV to feel like they’re adding something new? Who would benefit a lot from what RT has to offer, even if they stayed independent (i.e. weren’t RT employees)?


      My role here is to track down these candidates and, alongside Geoff, bring them into the fold. The initial list we created was pretty short, but there were a few standouts right off the bat. I’ve known and loved Tim Gettys and Nick Scarpino since their days at IGN, and Greg Miller had already made his mark in The Gauntlet Season 2. Their Playstation-loving ways were the perfect foil to the Xbone Cheevo Hunters. It was a no-brainer to Geoff and I, so we headed to San Francisco to talk to them about their plans for the future. Not long after I saw this...


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      ...and it felt like we were reading the bones….


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      As for The Creatures, I’ve worked with them for years, so I was drawn to them as well. They had a blast at RTX last year and Geoff said it best when he said they were like the younger versions of AH (sort of… maybe more like Rocky Mountain flavor Funhaus). We took a trip up to Denver and kicked things off. Once again, you all spoke to us through your comments and tweets and let us know we were on the right track well before the announcement.


      Kinda Funny and The Creatures felt like an awesome start to what we had envisioned. We plan to keep going, but we’re also not really in a rush. It’s got to click.


      So! If you’ve got a burning passion for someone or a group of someones you think is perfect for the Let’s Play family, let us know. There are no specific requirements beyond everyone here digging it and being able to make the partnership work. While it’s been cool to invite other groups into the madness, that’s not a specific expectation just a really happy accident. So send us your favorite loners, why not?


      Hope this helped you all understand what I do (and what Geoff does while Lindsay keeps the insane AH production machine running). If you want to find me, I’m on Twitter @kinowolf or playing Overwatch. See ya!

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