The Shotcaller are creating unique esports stories.
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Hey there! We are The Shotcaller and we’re a Berlin-based esports outlet, currently mostly active within the League of Legends space.

We write articles, interview European and North American League of Legends pros - and we need your help to continue doing this in the future.

Our Road So Far

When we first started The Shotcaller, we wanted to fill an important need within the esports space: Video interviews with EU LCS players. Since many esports outlets previously dropped out of the EU LCS, we felt like it was important to put Europe on the League of Legends map again. Since we started doing video interviews in Spring 2018, we've produced more than 160 videos, talking to players, coaches, casters, and even the parents of players! 



We covered the EU Masters Spring Finals in Leicester, and attended all of MSI 2018. We are present at Worlds 2018, not just to do player interviews, but with a format titled EUNITED - dedicated to the European fanbase. And, most importantly, we were present at every single match day of the EU LCS 2018 regular season. In the end, we averaged about 8.8 videos - per week that is.



We also found a fantastic teammate in Parkes Ousley, who covered the NA LCS for us, making more than 60 interviews during the Summer Split alone. He’s a hard worker and we’d love to continue working with him in the future.

Simply put, we did a lot of stuff so far. And we guarantee you that it's only going to get better from here. But in order to achieve that, we need your support.

Why Patreon?

To be completely transparent here: Despite achieving the milestone of more than 1.1 million video views in the past 9 months, Youtube Ads are not something you can build a business on these days. To be completely transparent here: We've only made about 320€ with Youtube Ad revenue so far. That's not a lot. That doesn't even cover our trips to the EU LCS studio in Berlin.

Due to this, Patreon would create a stable level of additional income that we can bank on. But your support wouldn’t just be financial in nature: It would mean much, much more. Because your support would mean that we’d have a lot better chances to work with brands in the future in order to finance much greater projects.

Why not work with brands instead of asking us for money? 

Due to Youtube not offering a sustainable stream of income anymore, many content creators, be it Travis Gafford of Travis Gafford Esports Industries, Rocket Beans TV, or your favorite Twitch streamer, have started working with brands in order to make money. This is something we’ve been trying to achieve as well, but thus far, we haven’t succeeded in this area.

Simply put, while our reach is already noticeable and our growth is great, it still pales in comparison to big League of Legends Youtubers, content creators that potential brand partners compare us a lot to. But here is where your support comes into the formula:

By supporting us on Patreon, you don’t just give us a specific amount of money we can work with. You show that you value our content so much that, even though you don’t have to, still happily support us financially. That you’re a die-hard fan of our work. This is something that is very attractive to brands.

Simply put: A Youtuber that reaches 200,000 people a month, but has no true fanbase, will have a lot more trouble finding a brand to work with, than a Youtuber reaching only 50,000 people a month, but with 500 of those people supporting him on Patreon.

Sounds good, what do I get for supporting you?


For the start, we’ll cover three different support tiers.

First, we have the Bronze Tier at 2€ a month



By supporting us for this amount, you’ll be mentioned on theshotcaller.net on our “Wall of Support”, and also receive an exclusive Patreon feed with updates on who we’re interviewing - you can even make suggestions and vote on what other people suggest!

We’ll be posting a monthly video going over the past month and discussing past videos, listening to you. This is the best way for you people to give us feedback!


Then we have the Silver Tier at a discounted price of 5€ a month



Silver is where most of the League of Legends fanbase is placed at, and we’d like to see most of our fanbase to support this tier as well. By pledging 5€/month, your name will appear in the credits of every video we’ll put out in the future - including “The 1v1” and documentaries.

Additionally, you’ll get to vote on future costumes that Darius will wear to his EU LCS interviews - previous ones included “Pool Party Darius” and “Goalkeeper Darius”. You’ll also receive a special role on our Shotcaller Discord Channel.

After the first 100 people have pledged their Silver Tier Support, the price of the Silver Tier will increase to 7€/month. Additionally, the first 100 Silver Tier Supporters will also always receive a special first mention in the credits roll in all future releases.


Lastly, we have the Diamond Tier



This tier includes all previous rewards but also lets you request an opinion piece from Darius on an esports topic of your choice - whether it’s “What are the Pros and Cons of the EU LCS Partnership System?” or “What should Riot do in order to improve the League-esports-ecosystem?”, the choice is yours!

Darius will also personally thank you at the end of each video.

If you have any other suggestions for potential tiers, please let us know over Youtube/Twitter/Discord!

Future Projects

We have many amazing ideas for the future. For example: The 1v1, an hour-long talk show within a high-quality setting. We’ve already found the perfect stage right in the middle of Berlin, and are planning on producing two pilots out of our own pocket with high-quality guests to show you guys and brands that this is a show worth supporting. Do you enjoy listening to the likes of Bwipo, Carlos, and Sjokz as much as we do, and yearn for a format where we can speak with these people for 60, rather than 5-10 minutes? Then this format is made for you!



Additionally, we’d also like to do in-depth esports documentaries that we’ve already found the perfect team, and I personally have started writing scripts for. But these people also want to get paid of course.

  • Pay2Win - The ethical dilemma of FIFA as an esport
  • Esports in Japan (Multiple Episodes)
  • Why Denmark is dominating Western esports
  • Documentaries focusing on specific players, for example: Caps

Do any of these topics sound appealing to you? Then make sure to be included in the credits of these great projects by pledging to our Silver Tier!
Tiers
Bronze
$2 or more per month 5 patrons
  • The Shotcaller appreciates your support - we’ll drink a fritz-kola to your name!
  • Your name will also be present in the The Shotcaller - Wall of Support on theshotcaller.net!
  • Access to the Patreon feed which includes exclusive feedback rights and a monthly update video on how things are going
     
Silver - Early Adopter
$5 or more per month 17 of 100 patrons


  • Your Name in the credits of every video we create - including "EUNITED", “The 1v1” and documentaries
  • Vote on future costumes that Darius will wear in his EU LCS interviews
  • Receive a special role on The Shotcaller Discord Channel


Early Adopters will be thanked first at the end of each video. 


Includes previews rewards.

Includes Discord rewards
Silver
$7 or more per month 4 patrons

  • Your Name in the credits of every video we create - including “The 1v1” and documentaries
  • Vote on future costumes that Darius will wear in his EU LCS interviews
  • Receive a special role on The Shotcaller Discord Channel


Includes Bronze Tier rewards.

Includes Discord rewards
Diamond
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You are a phenomenal supporter of our work and will receive benefits that represent this generosity!


  • You’ll be able to request a video on an esports-related topic from Darius. 


  • Darius will also personally thank you at the end of every video for your patronage. The thank you message will be updated weekly to add new patrons! 


Diamond patrons will be mentioned before all Silver patrons. 


Includes all previous rewards.

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$120 of $1,000 per month
Darius reads Fnatic Fan-Fiction
Once a month, Darius will read you Fnatic fan-fiction written during the 2015/2016 era of Fnatic - not by himself, but he'll give it his absolute best to give you the most amazing (or cringiest) experience in EU LCS history.
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Hey there! We are The Shotcaller and we’re a Berlin-based esports outlet, currently mostly active within the League of Legends space.

We write articles, interview European and North American League of Legends pros - and we need your help to continue doing this in the future.

Our Road So Far

When we first started The Shotcaller, we wanted to fill an important need within the esports space: Video interviews with EU LCS players. Since many esports outlets previously dropped out of the EU LCS, we felt like it was important to put Europe on the League of Legends map again. Since we started doing video interviews in Spring 2018, we've produced more than 160 videos, talking to players, coaches, casters, and even the parents of players! 



We covered the EU Masters Spring Finals in Leicester, and attended all of MSI 2018. We are present at Worlds 2018, not just to do player interviews, but with a format titled EUNITED - dedicated to the European fanbase. And, most importantly, we were present at every single match day of the EU LCS 2018 regular season. In the end, we averaged about 8.8 videos - per week that is.



We also found a fantastic teammate in Parkes Ousley, who covered the NA LCS for us, making more than 60 interviews during the Summer Split alone. He’s a hard worker and we’d love to continue working with him in the future.

Simply put, we did a lot of stuff so far. And we guarantee you that it's only going to get better from here. But in order to achieve that, we need your support.

Why Patreon?

To be completely transparent here: Despite achieving the milestone of more than 1.1 million video views in the past 9 months, Youtube Ads are not something you can build a business on these days. To be completely transparent here: We've only made about 320€ with Youtube Ad revenue so far. That's not a lot. That doesn't even cover our trips to the EU LCS studio in Berlin.

Due to this, Patreon would create a stable level of additional income that we can bank on. But your support wouldn’t just be financial in nature: It would mean much, much more. Because your support would mean that we’d have a lot better chances to work with brands in the future in order to finance much greater projects.

Why not work with brands instead of asking us for money? 

Due to Youtube not offering a sustainable stream of income anymore, many content creators, be it Travis Gafford of Travis Gafford Esports Industries, Rocket Beans TV, or your favorite Twitch streamer, have started working with brands in order to make money. This is something we’ve been trying to achieve as well, but thus far, we haven’t succeeded in this area.

Simply put, while our reach is already noticeable and our growth is great, it still pales in comparison to big League of Legends Youtubers, content creators that potential brand partners compare us a lot to. But here is where your support comes into the formula:

By supporting us on Patreon, you don’t just give us a specific amount of money we can work with. You show that you value our content so much that, even though you don’t have to, still happily support us financially. That you’re a die-hard fan of our work. This is something that is very attractive to brands.

Simply put: A Youtuber that reaches 200,000 people a month, but has no true fanbase, will have a lot more trouble finding a brand to work with, than a Youtuber reaching only 50,000 people a month, but with 500 of those people supporting him on Patreon.

Sounds good, what do I get for supporting you?


For the start, we’ll cover three different support tiers.

First, we have the Bronze Tier at 2€ a month



By supporting us for this amount, you’ll be mentioned on theshotcaller.net on our “Wall of Support”, and also receive an exclusive Patreon feed with updates on who we’re interviewing - you can even make suggestions and vote on what other people suggest!

We’ll be posting a monthly video going over the past month and discussing past videos, listening to you. This is the best way for you people to give us feedback!


Then we have the Silver Tier at a discounted price of 5€ a month



Silver is where most of the League of Legends fanbase is placed at, and we’d like to see most of our fanbase to support this tier as well. By pledging 5€/month, your name will appear in the credits of every video we’ll put out in the future - including “The 1v1” and documentaries.

Additionally, you’ll get to vote on future costumes that Darius will wear to his EU LCS interviews - previous ones included “Pool Party Darius” and “Goalkeeper Darius”. You’ll also receive a special role on our Shotcaller Discord Channel.

After the first 100 people have pledged their Silver Tier Support, the price of the Silver Tier will increase to 7€/month. Additionally, the first 100 Silver Tier Supporters will also always receive a special first mention in the credits roll in all future releases.


Lastly, we have the Diamond Tier



This tier includes all previous rewards but also lets you request an opinion piece from Darius on an esports topic of your choice - whether it’s “What are the Pros and Cons of the EU LCS Partnership System?” or “What should Riot do in order to improve the League-esports-ecosystem?”, the choice is yours!

Darius will also personally thank you at the end of each video.

If you have any other suggestions for potential tiers, please let us know over Youtube/Twitter/Discord!

Future Projects

We have many amazing ideas for the future. For example: The 1v1, an hour-long talk show within a high-quality setting. We’ve already found the perfect stage right in the middle of Berlin, and are planning on producing two pilots out of our own pocket with high-quality guests to show you guys and brands that this is a show worth supporting. Do you enjoy listening to the likes of Bwipo, Carlos, and Sjokz as much as we do, and yearn for a format where we can speak with these people for 60, rather than 5-10 minutes? Then this format is made for you!



Additionally, we’d also like to do in-depth esports documentaries that we’ve already found the perfect team, and I personally have started writing scripts for. But these people also want to get paid of course.

  • Pay2Win - The ethical dilemma of FIFA as an esport
  • Esports in Japan (Multiple Episodes)
  • Why Denmark is dominating Western esports
  • Documentaries focusing on specific players, for example: Caps

Do any of these topics sound appealing to you? Then make sure to be included in the credits of these great projects by pledging to our Silver Tier!

Recent posts by The Shotcaller

Tiers
Bronze
$2 or more per month 5 patrons
  • The Shotcaller appreciates your support - we’ll drink a fritz-kola to your name!
  • Your name will also be present in the The Shotcaller - Wall of Support on theshotcaller.net!
  • Access to the Patreon feed which includes exclusive feedback rights and a monthly update video on how things are going
     
Silver - Early Adopter
$5 or more per month 17 of 100 patrons


  • Your Name in the credits of every video we create - including "EUNITED", “The 1v1” and documentaries
  • Vote on future costumes that Darius will wear in his EU LCS interviews
  • Receive a special role on The Shotcaller Discord Channel


Early Adopters will be thanked first at the end of each video. 


Includes previews rewards.

Includes Discord rewards
Silver
$7 or more per month 4 patrons

  • Your Name in the credits of every video we create - including “The 1v1” and documentaries
  • Vote on future costumes that Darius will wear in his EU LCS interviews
  • Receive a special role on The Shotcaller Discord Channel


Includes Bronze Tier rewards.

Includes Discord rewards
Diamond
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You are a phenomenal supporter of our work and will receive benefits that represent this generosity!


  • You’ll be able to request a video on an esports-related topic from Darius. 


  • Darius will also personally thank you at the end of every video for your patronage. The thank you message will be updated weekly to add new patrons! 


Diamond patrons will be mentioned before all Silver patrons. 


Includes all previous rewards.

Includes Discord rewards