People Make Games
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Channel
Years active2018—present
Subscribers401 thousand[1]
Total views22 million[1]

Updated: June 8, 2022

People Make Games (PMG) is a British investigative video game journalism YouTube channel.[2] The channel focuses on the developers and people who make video games. People Make Games has reported on topics like video game crunch,[3][4] outsourcing,[5] and worker exploitation.


History

The group was created by Chris Bratt and Anni Sayers in 2018, who were previously both journalists who had worked for Eurogamer. Sayers creates the graphics. Quinton Smith, a journalist from Rock Paper Shotgun joined in 2020.[6] The channel is viewer-funded with Patreon;[7] in June 2022, the Patreon made US$17,409 per month.[6]

Notable reports

Roblox

External videos
YouTube logo
Roblox investigations on YouTube
video icon Investigation: How Roblox Is Exploiting Young Game Developers.
video icon Roblox Pressured Us to Delete Our Video. So We Dug Deeper.

In an August 2021 video titled "Investigation: How Roblox Is Exploiting Young Game Developers", People Makes Games' Smith accused Roblox's parent company, Roblox Corporation, of exploiting young game developers.[8][9] Smith argues the revenue split is significantly higher than other video game marketplaces,[10][11][12] and players are encouraged to keep all ingame currency on Roblox by having high exchange fees and likening it to scrip.[13][14][2] Roblox tells users that they can make money, which Kotaku later calls "shady."[15] In a followup video released in December 2021 titled "Roblox Pressured Us to Delete Our Video. So We Dug Deeper.", he accused the platform of having child safety issues,[16][17][18]criticized its "collectibles stock market", and revealed that Roblox attempted to convince People Make Games to remove the first video discussing Roblox.[19]

Annapurna Interactive

In March 2022 video titled "Investigating Three Indie Superstars Accused of Emotional Abuse" People Make Games detailed allegations of Workplace Abuse of independent development studios who had games published by Annapurna Interactive including at the studios Fullbright and Mountains whose allegations where previously reported on. As well as new allegations from about the studio Funomena. Bratt went on to say that he viewed the incidents as part of a greater pattern of auteur culture that can be found across the independent film and video game industry.[20][21] Following the video Robin Hunicke one of the heads of Funomena issued a Twitter apology, before stating to staff alongside Funomena co-founder Martin Middleton that there would be layoffs at Funomena and that the studio would likely close due to video and it's impact on the studio's ability to secure outside funding.[22]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "About YouTube channel". YouTube.
  2. ^ a b Pischke, Peter (2021-09-03). "Massive Online Gaming Platform Roblox Is Rife With Scams And Abuse". The Federalist. Retrieved 2021-12-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Video Game Developers Outsource 'Crunch' Time (Radio broadcast). WBUR. March 24, 2021. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  4. ^ Bashir, Dale (2021-03-08). "Malaysian CGI Art Studio Lemon Sky Denies Allegations Staff Undergo Crunch Without Pay". IGN Southeast Asia. Retrieved 2021-12-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "New People Make Games Video Examines How Big Publishers Exploit Outside Labor". GameSpot. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  6. ^ a b Grayson, Nathan (June 7, 2022). "Meet the YouTubers exposing the dark side of making video games". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  7. ^ Good, Owen S. (2019-01-19). "They found the Queen's golden Wii!". Polygon. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  8. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (2021-08-20). "Roblox "exploiting" young game developers, new investigation reports". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2021-12-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Carpenter, Nicole (2021-11-24). "Roblox sues banned 'cybermob leader' for terrorizing the platform, its developers". Polygon. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  10. ^ Dealessandri, Marie (November 25, 2021). "Roblox 101: Adopt Me developer's tips on finding success". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 2021-12-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Rousseau, Jeffrey (August 20, 2021). "Roblox business model criticized as exploiting children". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 2021-12-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ D'Anastasio, Cecilia. "On Roblox, Kids Learn It's Hard to Earn Money Making Games". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  13. ^ Hilliard, Wesley (March 19, 2021). "What is Roblox? Everything you need to know about the latest craze". AppleInsider. Retrieved 2021-12-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Is it worth paying for a Roblox Premium membership?". Android Central. 2021-10-09. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  15. ^ "It's Shocking Just How Shady Roblox Actually Is". Kotaku. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  16. ^ "People Make Games reports Roblox is riddled with child abuse". Gamepur. 2021-12-13. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  17. ^ Hoffman, William (December 16, 2021). "Roblox (RBLX) stock down 18% amid user safety concerns". Capital.com. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  18. ^ Campbell, Kyle (2021-12-15). "Roblox is facing accusations of being unsafe for children". For The Win. Retrieved 2021-12-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "Roblox criticized for lack of safeguards for kids, stock-market-like collectibles". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  20. ^ Investigating Three Indie Superstars Accused of Emotional Abuse, retrieved 2022-06-08
  21. ^ Andy Chalk published (2022-03-18). "Two reports paint a troubling picture of workplace abuses at acclaimed indie studios". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2022-06-08.
  22. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2022/06/07/people-make-games-roblox-indie-devs/. ((cite news)): Missing or empty |title= (help)