SavyGamer is creating Consumer Advocacy Games Journalism
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patrons

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I've been running SavyGamer since 2007, and in that time I've tirelessly sought to fight for video games consumers, providing clear and meticulously researched information to guide you on which retailers, publishers and developers are offering the best value at any given time, and forcing them to compete on value to earn your custom.

I've also from time to time written articles covering a range of subjects, with the common thread of advocating for consumers. I like to take a subject where some entity in the games industry is treating consumers in a manner which I believe to be unfair, unjust or unreasonable, and present a researched argument explaining my position. This is something I would love to commit more time to doing.

Over the years I've written for publications such as Rock Paper Shotgun, Kotaku UK, Eurogamer & VG247. In theory I could pitch articles to some of these publications to do more of the same, but much of the appeal of writing to me is to be able to do so on my own terms. It's extremely difficult to make a reliable income from freelance writing about video games without making compromises in some areas I am disinclined to. I'm not particularly interested in regurgitating press releases or retyping stories reported elsewhere without adding anything of substance, and I don't enjoy playing games with the explicit purpose of reviewing them.

By funding articles through Patreon, I'll be able to set aside far more time to them, whilst still hopefully being able to achieve and maintain that dream of financial security.

Here are some examples, just a few samples, of the kind of articles I'm looking to write more of:
Here’s Why Ubisoft Are Dummies And Hypocrites For Revoking uPlay Keys Bought From Unauthorised Distributors
Lying with Data: A lesson in Microsoft spin
Paying For Coverage: The Comodification Of Exposure
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare’s Post Release Microtransactions Are Asking For Customer Disappointment
Steam Tags: How Valve Are Controlling The Discussion Of Games On Their Storefront
When Free To Play Isn’t Free To Play: A Steam Early Access Conundrum
Konami’s Consumer Hostile Region Locking Is A Bad Thing

I've set this Patreon to charge once per "Article", rather than on a monthly basis. My aim is to write roughly one article a month, but I will only be writing an article if there is something interesting for me to write about. In my mind, one of the great benefits to Patreon as a model is that I'll never be in the situation of having to write an article on a subject that's not all that interesting to me, or where I've not got anything particularly worthwhile to contribute.

I'll never charge more than once a month. In the event that I decide to write two things in a given month, I'll only charge once. So if you are considering becoming a SavyGamer Patron, I'd recommend budgeting your contribution on the basis of it being a monthly charge, but in reality it could be less frequent than that (but never more frequent). Where applicable, I'll publish short updates discussing any subsequent developments without charging again.

This Patreon is exclusively for funding me writing articles in addition to the work I do posting deals on SavyGamer. That work will be in no way limited or interrupted, and under no circumstances will there be any tiered service for SavyGamer. SavyGamer is and will remain entirely free of adverts.
Goals
$23 of $10,000 per Article
I will read and reply to all comments posted on articles, even silly ones.
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I've been running SavyGamer since 2007, and in that time I've tirelessly sought to fight for video games consumers, providing clear and meticulously researched information to guide you on which retailers, publishers and developers are offering the best value at any given time, and forcing them to compete on value to earn your custom.

I've also from time to time written articles covering a range of subjects, with the common thread of advocating for consumers. I like to take a subject where some entity in the games industry is treating consumers in a manner which I believe to be unfair, unjust or unreasonable, and present a researched argument explaining my position. This is something I would love to commit more time to doing.

Over the years I've written for publications such as Rock Paper Shotgun, Kotaku UK, Eurogamer & VG247. In theory I could pitch articles to some of these publications to do more of the same, but much of the appeal of writing to me is to be able to do so on my own terms. It's extremely difficult to make a reliable income from freelance writing about video games without making compromises in some areas I am disinclined to. I'm not particularly interested in regurgitating press releases or retyping stories reported elsewhere without adding anything of substance, and I don't enjoy playing games with the explicit purpose of reviewing them.

By funding articles through Patreon, I'll be able to set aside far more time to them, whilst still hopefully being able to achieve and maintain that dream of financial security.

Here are some examples, just a few samples, of the kind of articles I'm looking to write more of:
Here’s Why Ubisoft Are Dummies And Hypocrites For Revoking uPlay Keys Bought From Unauthorised Distributors
Lying with Data: A lesson in Microsoft spin
Paying For Coverage: The Comodification Of Exposure
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare’s Post Release Microtransactions Are Asking For Customer Disappointment
Steam Tags: How Valve Are Controlling The Discussion Of Games On Their Storefront
When Free To Play Isn’t Free To Play: A Steam Early Access Conundrum
Konami’s Consumer Hostile Region Locking Is A Bad Thing

I've set this Patreon to charge once per "Article", rather than on a monthly basis. My aim is to write roughly one article a month, but I will only be writing an article if there is something interesting for me to write about. In my mind, one of the great benefits to Patreon as a model is that I'll never be in the situation of having to write an article on a subject that's not all that interesting to me, or where I've not got anything particularly worthwhile to contribute.

I'll never charge more than once a month. In the event that I decide to write two things in a given month, I'll only charge once. So if you are considering becoming a SavyGamer Patron, I'd recommend budgeting your contribution on the basis of it being a monthly charge, but in reality it could be less frequent than that (but never more frequent). Where applicable, I'll publish short updates discussing any subsequent developments without charging again.

This Patreon is exclusively for funding me writing articles in addition to the work I do posting deals on SavyGamer. That work will be in no way limited or interrupted, and under no circumstances will there be any tiered service for SavyGamer. SavyGamer is and will remain entirely free of adverts.

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