So many nice online game web sites have died, it’s good to lastly see some new ones being born. The newest known as Aftermath, a subscriber-funded enterprise by former Kotaku staffers. Full disclosure: I labored with all of those folks for years and they’re superb.
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Co-founded by Nathan Grayson, Gita Jackson, Riley MacLeod, and Luke Plunkett, Aftermath will likely be an internet site targeted on video video games and web tradition. In contrast to many of the ones you already love, nonetheless, the media firm behind will probably be worker-owned and funded by subscriptions somewhat than quickly evaporating digital advert income. Spotlight Reel creator Chris Particular person may even be a featured contributor, together with developer Alex Jaffe and a bunch of different freelancers.
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Do you miss the single-column weblog scroll? Hate having your eyeballs accosted by adverts for no matter junk you already purchased on Amazon weeks in the past? Need to see nothing however wall-to-wall good blogs? Aftermath is right here for you. Right here’s the pitch:
Aftermath is a continuation of the irreverent and hard-hitting journalism pioneered at Kotaku. The location will give attention to breaking information, insightful criticism and evaluation, and thought-provoking editorial on the chopping fringe of life on the web. In a tumultuous time for staff of all stripes, Aftermath may even report on labor points within the online game, streaming, board sport and journalism industries—points which have impacted the co-founders themselves.
Subscriptions will run $7 a month or $70 for the yr to get entry to all articles and bonus podcast episodes. A $10-a-month tier ($100 a yr) unlocks commenting and offers you the keys to the Aftermath neighborhood Discord server. It’s a enterprise mannequin just like the one utilized by Defector, 404 Media, and Hell Gate, all nice web sites you might have not too long ago determined had been value paying for.
Remap is one other, helmed by former Waypoint staffers after Vice imploded and tried to shortchange laid-off workers on severance whereas paying executives large bonuses. That outlet, which not too long ago launched an internet site of its personal, confirmed that even in a yr of slashed budgets, continued layoffs, and head-scratching closures, the hope for a brand new manner of funding good video games media springs everlasting. I’m excited to watch Aftermath do the identical.