This is certainly an unexpected announcement by YouTuber Videogamedunkey.
In a very surprising announcement, YouTuber Videogamedunkey is getting into video game publishing with a new studio called Bigmode. Videogamedunkey is also big on meme videos and video game essays, so the dive into publishing is definitely huge.
In the two hours since the announcement video went live, it has already garnered 457,000 views and counting.
You can watch the exact video below with a completely honest promise that this is not all bullshit.
Bigmode’s website gives a nice overview of what the publisher is all about:
Bigmode is an independent publisher with purpose and passion, founded in 2022 by Videogamedunkey (aka Jason) and his wife Leah.
Supporting games that are made with content, quality, creativity and fun is extremely important to us! The world of indie games can feel crowded or oversaturated, so our goal is to give great games a powerful way to stand out.
We love and care deeply about games, as well as artists and creatives in general. Bigmode is our way of nurturing and supporting those who put effort and love into their projects to create the best they can—to give them the spotlight they deserve and to see more of what we love about games.
The Bigmode site also gives more information and sets some clear lines about what will be accepted. Given the huge controversy in the industry right now, the section on what a new publisher might be looking for mentions “Please note: We do not accept games that use NFT, crypto or blockchain”.
Today was full of another massive announcement related to YouTube. YouTube will soon allow content creators to monetize videos with licensed music. In the same way, the creator of Super Smash Bros. Masahiro Sakurai launched his YouTube channel late last month.