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What network should you use for a gaming channel?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by Quazpolter, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. Quazpolter

    Quazpolter Junior Member

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    The usefulness of joining a network is debatable, but if you want to make gaming content and earn money, you have to join a network.

    They take care of copyright and all the licenses for showing gaming footage.
    They provide protection from click fraud which small youtubers are vulnerable to (also false copyright claims).
    Adsense Ads for gaming aren't that great and they have teams to get better paying ones.
    Chances to collaborate with other channel and cross pollinate your subscriber bases.

    Anyway, which partner network is the best to join?

    Here are a few I know about and what they provide. Please, if you have more information or anything to add then post in this thread, thank you.

    TGN http://www.tgn.tv/ 80/20 split
    TGS http://thegamestation.com/ part of Maker Studios 60/40 (I've been corrected) split if I'm not mistaken (does Maker Studios take a cut and then the rest is divided by you and TGS?)
    Curse Network http://www.unionforgamers.com/ flat $3 CPM, leave whenever you want.
    Machinima http://www.machinima.com
    YEOUCH http://www.yeousch.com/

    Which networks are the best to join? Highest average CPM/highest fixed CPM? Any prior/current experiences?
     
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  2. invnn

    invnn Newbie

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    Curious about this as well. I am about to try to start the same thing here pretty soon. Is getting involved with one of these a scam? Or a necessity? Anyone?
     
  3. Quazpolter

    Quazpolter Junior Member

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    It is entirely possible that there might be scam networks out there, but with gaming it IS a NECESSITY.
     
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    SEOnetic Senior Member

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    Curse network seems a good deal to me. Although I haven't used them. I used machinima mostly.
     
  5. Quazpolter

    Quazpolter Junior Member

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    Do you have anything to say about Machinima? Is the CPM fixed or a split CPM? If fixed, what is it?
     
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    invnn Newbie

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    You had success with Machima? Care to go into some detail? Thanks ahead of time!
     
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    darkheart1723 Registered Member

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    TGN- They suck and have bad CPM, not my thoughts but many.
    TGS- 60/40 Split, great CPMs but no promotion.
    Curse- Alright. $3 CPM is not the greatest because TGS has best CPMs and you go through a background check for your channel.
    Machninima- Alright. They have a fixed CPM and you get paid out on the 15th. I have the contract just PM and I will get it to you.
    Yeousch- Its modtly fullscreen so they are okay.
     
  8. Quazpolter

    Quazpolter Junior Member

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    A writeup on all the popular networks http://tgn.tv/community/threads/networking-and-you.7148/

    it seems the best choice is a split between TGS and Curse. TGS has a sister network RPM that basically anybody can join and it has a 60/40 split. Kind of hard to believe that TGS has a 60/40 split too then.
     
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    Views4me Newbie

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    From what I hear, Machinima is a good network to be with. Along with being one of the most popular, a lot of the most popular channels are with Machinima, and so being with them will make your viewers get a sense that you truly are a good gamer, and that you post quality videos.
     
  10. Quazpolter

    Quazpolter Junior Member

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    From what I've heard machinima screws the small guy pretty hard and pays you as little as they can get away with. Lifetime contracts, 3 year contract to get a fixed $3 CPM (otherwise way less). All kinds of BS. Those big guys like UberHaxorNova have it good because they have room to negotiate because of how large their channels are. I wouldn't be surprised if they earn 3x per 1000 views what the regular dude does.
     
  11. Adam Rock

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    Machinima. They're too big to see fraud and thus you can bot your videos and get profit from that. Milk them dry fairly easily.
     
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  12. Quazpolter

    Quazpolter Junior Member

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    The usefulness of this would depend on what your goals are in life and in the industry.
     
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    toughtrasher Senior Member

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    Hmm, I was thinking of just buying views or something for a gaming channel but had this thought..

    Google is a very big company, and as such they are supposedly too big to see fraud and thus you can click your own ads right? No.
     
  14. Quazpolter

    Quazpolter Junior Member

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    I once clicked my own add, I got $1.

    If you are going to be defrauding companies on a scale that is worth it, it will have to be a sophisticated operation and you'll likely be caught and face serious consequences.
     
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    ADHD-Dude Power Member

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    Most gaming channels have less that 20k views on each gaming video, and have tens of thousand of subscribers.
    Isn't Machinima paying after 20k views?

    Even channels with over 100k subscribers and make several videos a day have around 1000-3000 views on a video.
    I don't see gaming channels being profitable
     
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    No, all networks pay on CPM.
     
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  17. Jerry158

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    YouTube Partner Networks List:
    diyontheweb.com/youtube/youtube-partner-networks

    Socialblade is by far the easiest.
     
  18. Quazpolter

    Quazpolter Junior Member

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    maybe on their official channel, but videos there get barely over 20k

    their policies are constantly changing
     
  19. Adam Rock

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    Your goal should always be to increase the number in your bank account. Do whatever you must to increase it, but that's the goal at the end of the day.

    That's just dumb. That's like saying, the bank is such a big company I thought I could just take $50 million without them noticing.

    Networks that pay with a forced CPM will pay based off how much monetizable views you have, there's no way for them to really know it's bullshit unless they see comments, likes, etc but you could just say that you posted it on fb, twitter, etc. Since machinima has 5,000+ channels in their network do you think they look at all the videos by everyone to see comments, likes, etc? No.
     
  20. toughtrasher

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    So you're saying it's okay to bot views?