Tardis1982 wrote:The Patreon seems to be off to a slow start this got me thinking is Patreon starting to reach its limit? Especially in the gaming industry there is only so many things people can subscribe to.
They just aren't well known gaming personalities. We know them because they are friends of Kinda Funny but most people aren't familiar with the behind the scenes people at the big websites like Alexa and Steimer. Blonde Nerd has a decent following (27,000 YT subscribers) but it's not really that big and I don't even think she mentioned this on her YouTube channel (not everyone follows social media!). Andrea is probably the biggest name of the 4 but I don't know how large her actual fanbase is because its so scattered as this (I think) is the first time she's really getting in to making online content herself instead of working for a big company.
You gotta remember that the guys from Kinda Funny (Mainly Colin and Greg) were some of the biggest names in the industry and had the most popular PlayStation podcast in the world. Hell, Greg was the face of IGN. Also, They were doing the channel for a long time before they decided to go to Patreon and leave IGN so the fanbase was already there. These ladies are starting almost fresh and when I say Andrea is the biggest name of the 4 that still doesn't mean she's anything close to Colin and Greg. She has the most Twitter followers of the 4 at 43k. Sounds like a lot and for someone like me that would be but Colin alone has 163k followers on Twitter and Greg has over 1 million. It was just a bigger thing when they went to Patreon because they were bigger and they already had their core audience.
When Colin left Kinda Funny a lot of Kinda Funny fans (and Dave Rubin fans) supported him from Day 1 so it's not like Colin was really starting from scratch either.
So basically, my answer is I don't think it has reached its limit. I just don't think they are as well known and they don't have that big of an audience yet. It'll grow I'm sure but launching a Patreon when a lot of people don't know who you are and having almost nothing on that channel is going to be hard for them. I'm very interested to see where it goes though because I'm starting to get sick of Kinda Funny's bullshit as of late and them having barely any games coverage because they'd rather take random trips to Rooster Teeth and put all their time and energy in to KFL3.