This is Nic (Tetra Ninja) and I welcome you to the Official Tetra Ninja website! My friends and I will be writing gaming related news articles for this site for the foreseeable future. Yes I personally wrote this first one. You can tell because its probably littered with spelling and grammatical mistakes. Below you will find answers to some of the major questions you may have.
Are you quitting YouTube?
NO! More info below.
Why the new website?
I have been creating YouTube videos for 6 years now and I finally feel that its time to step out of the familiar and try something new! Lately I have been streaming more on my twitch page, but feel I should step even further out of my comfort zone. A new gaming website is a natural progression.
There are two main reasons I wanted to make this site.
- Very often I feel like sharing an opinion about gaming related news. However, due to laziness or lack of time I can’t produce a video for my YouTube channel. A website provides a great outlet for me to quickly connect with my audience; give them the info they need and then offer my opinion.
- Let’s not tippy toe around this one. Quite frankly a website has the potential to become a secondary source of income for myself, Tara, and Toby (doge). With your support I have made a living solely on ad-revenue generated through YouTube videos. Adding another source of revenue would provide a layer of financial security to the three of us (on the off chance YouTube implodes on itself).
What type of content will you produce here?
Gaming News – My friends and I will be bringing you the latest news in the industry with our opinions and interpretations that you may or may not agree with.
Gaming and Product Reviews – Some of you make have taken noticed that I started producing game reviews for the channel. I will be posting the written versions here for those who prefer to read (or hate my voice). The same goes for unboxing products as well!
Event/Life Updates – While on the road its hard to create video updates for the channel. So this site will act as a mini blog as well to give you updates about my life or experiences at special events!
Who will be writing the website’s articles?
Myself and close friends will be creating most of the content you see here. We are open to having guest writers once in a while as well! If you feel like contributing just send a message to my twitter with an example of your stuff!
How will this website make money?
It took me two and a half years creating videos on YouTube before I was making any significant source of money. I expect the same will be true of this website. But anything worth doing will take a lot of work right? Right?!?! (Please reassure me here people)
The ultimate goal is to generate enough website traffic to quality for ad-revenue. How successful we are is determined by how much work myself and my friends can put into the site. Obviously your support is invaluable in this process as well!
Are you paying your friends?
The short answer is YES! Since the website does not have ads running it will be operating at a loss to pay my friends and server fees. My friends are being paid per article at minimum wage. If we reach a point where collected ad-revenue exceeds minimum wage they will be offered a cut of the money their articles create. My goal isn’t to become the next Kotaku but I think this is a fair arrangement.
I’m really excited to have this new challenge in front of me. It’s completely unfamiliar territory as I have no idea how to run a website. Its going to be a ton of work but hopefully with your support we can grow this website into something very special.
There are probably some of you worried about what this means for the YouTube channel. Rest assured everything will remain the same. I will still be doing the Let’s Play/Walkthrough thing on my channel. But every once in a while you may see a tweet or Facebook post about a news article that I or one of my friends wrote for the website.
That’s it! Enjoy the website. Let me know if you have any suggestions. I will see you guys next time here or in one of my YouTube videos!
Nic – @TetraNinja