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  • Fan Art Friday #114: Live Action RWBY Short Film by MattWilson

    3 days ago

    Chelsea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Community Manager

    It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!


    This week’s featured artist is Matt Wilson, AKA @MattWilson, for this live action short film based upon one of his OC RWBY Characters, Rust.




    Matt is currently a third year film student at University Centre Weston in Bristol, United Kingdom. Matt was inspired by Mark Zhang and the Flying Ninja and was originally going to do this as an animated short, but quickly realized that it wasn’t feasible with his expectations and time frame. So instead, he took eight months of production, wrote and finished the script, choreographed fight scenes with a buddy named Zach, created his own props and then finally filmed it all on his Sony A6300 camera and a FeiyuTech A1000 Gimbal. Way to go, Matt!


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    Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

  • Achievement Haunter Pilot

    4 days ago

    Daniel Writer/Director

    Hello all!


    It’s finally here! The Achievement Hunter Crew has been talking about hunting monsters and ghosts for a while now so we’re all excited to share the pilot of Achievement Haunter with you. (Watch it here now!) If you don’t know about the show, @geoff challenges the AH crew to explore a haunted location and draw out the lingering paranormal spirits using fear as their tactic.


    There are many questions we try to answer in the show: Do ghosts exist? Who is the bravest member of Achievement Hunter? Who can make Gavin shit his pants first? All important questions! And we want to tackle more in a full season, but the only way that will happen is if you watch it! Love it! And leave comments! We want to hear feedback, favorite moments and what excites you about the show.


    I’ll go first.


    I’m excited because we try very hard to recreate the events of Yorktown Memorial in a unique and funny way. Combining horror and comedy is difficult, but I like playing in that sandbox. We hope you enjoy the cinematography as well as the jokes AH dreams up around the campfire. In addition, we want to push the boundaries beyond shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures and MTV’s FEAR. Instead of following the rules, our ghost hunters are going to act like idiots, scare each other and actively try to antagonize the spirits--the opposite of what the professionals would do!


    We hope you all enjoy the episode and let us make more!


    Eternally skeptic,

    Daniel

  • Send Us Your Camp Camp Sing Alongs! (Plus a Schedule Update)

    5 days ago

    Jordan Campe Diem

    Hey there, campers!


    In case you've been living under a rock, we recently announced that Camp Camp season 3 is premiering May 25th! That's like, nine days from now! This season of Camp Camp is shaping up to be the most exciting and crazy season yet: Campbell's in jail, the counselors are struggling to keep the place afloat, and all the while the campers continue to wreak havoc at Camp Campbell. 


    And if you want to keep up with all the antics this season has to offer, listen up! This season, Camp Camp episodes will be free to the public on the Rooster Teeth site and mobile apps one week after they go up for FIRST members, same as last year. However, they will not be uploaded to YouTube right away. This is because we're really working hard to make our site and mobile apps the best place to watch RT shows and be part of the RT community. And now more than ever, with the craziness around other online video platforms, viewing Camp Camp on Rooster Teeth supports us more than ever before. If you'd like me to put it in simple words: IF YOU WANT CAMP CAMP TO SUCCEED, PLEASE WATCH IT ON ROOSTER TEETH. 

    Otherwise you're going to miss out on the awesome episodes we have in store, like the TWO

    22-minute long episodes in season 3! OH GOLLY.


    So that's pretty cool! And since we like doing cool things, and everyone in our community is cool, we're also putting together a MASSIVE Camp Camp sing-along video, and we need your submissions! All you need to do is record a video of you or a group of friends singing the Camp Camp Theme Song, and then submit it RIGHT HERE. All we ask is that you do not include any background music in your video. The deadline to submit is May 21st at 10am Central. After that, we'll release our giant collaboration for everyone to see! It's going to be awesome, so get those submissions in!


    Until then, keep looking forward to the premiere of Camp Camp season 3. See ya then, campers!

  • Background Playback now available on iOS and Android!

    6 days ago

    revelsrouser twitter.com/revelsrouser

    Hey everyone! Following swiftly on the announcement that Chromecast support is now available for iOS and Android, we have just pushed another update with this one including BACKGROUND PLAYBACK! Yes! You asked for it and you shall receive. This is a FIRST-only feature so you have to make sure that you're logged in to be able to enjoy this sweet new perk. (Not a FIRST member? Sign-up now and start your free trial!)


    So, make sure that your app is up-to-date, enable background play in the app settings, and go forth and start listening to all your favorite videos, series, and podcasts with ease.  


    Don't have the app yet so you can't enjoy these wicked new features? Go get it now, available on iOS in the Apple Store and Android in the Google Play Store! More things will be coming, so stick around to find out what's coming out next.

  • GORQ'S QUEST is here...but what is it??

    6 days ago

    toddwo32 Creative Producer

    Hey hey! 


    If you're following all this PILOT MONTH stuff, you might be wondering, "What the fudge is GORQ'S QUEST?" 


    The short answer is that it's a comedy game show featuring a crew of riffing RT'ers co-hosted by a rotating Rooster Teeth personality and an imprisoned supercomputer robot from 1983 who can only become free once he learns more. His name is GORQ, which is short for GENERATOR OF RANDOM QUESTIONS, and he's kind of hard to work with. That was probably more like the medium-long answer. 


    This show is something I started to put together a few months back. I wanted to make a show that was more comedy-based where there was lots of riffing. So we did some test shoots with some of the folks around here for a show called UNEDUCATED GUEST. Those test episodes were pretty good, but everyone on the crew really liked this one weird segment I wrote where we took a break from answering funny questions and had the cast chat with GORQ (who at the time was simply the word "GORQ" on a screen), who spoke to us from inside a computer. I thought everyone was going to hate that part, frankly, because it was more than a little weird.   

    Brian Behm, who is like a do-it-all creative at RT, was sort of watching from the sidelines and told me that if I wanted, he could build a robot body for GORQ and allow him to be a real thing that could interact with the others. He basically asked me, "Do you want a robot?" And if you know anything about me, you would know that I would never say no to that question. Who doesn't want a robot? So he made version one of GORQ the robot, and I came up with a backstory for GORQ, and GORQ'S QUEST was born. 


    I really hope you like the show. My goal was to create something new and maybe a little weird that's really fun to watch, and there's a freakin' robot in it! I can already see a million ways to make it more fun and funny, and I'm super excited to see what people in the RT community have to say about it. Please watch it with an open mind, and don't judge GORQ too harshly – he's had a hard life thus far. 


    Join GORQ'S QUEST on Tuesday May 15th at 11am CT, only on FIRST!   

  • Funhaus' Drunk E3 2018!

    1 week ago

    sirlarr

    We've just about made it to my own, personal Christmas in July! Yes, ladies, gentlemen, and gentlefolk of all kinds -- it's time for Funhaus' E3 Spec-DRUNK-ular 2018!


    Here's the schedule of conferences as of the time of writing. We'll be live for each conference on YouTube, Facebook, and Rooster Teeth with gaming and (probably) drunk arguments in between. All times PT!


    Saturday, June 9

    • Electronic Arts -- 11:00 AM

    Sunday, June 10

    • Microsoft -- 1:00 PM
    • Bethesda -- 6:30 PM 
    • Devolver Digital - 8:00 PM

    Monday, June 11

    • Square Enix -- 10:00 AM
    • Ubisoft -- 1:00 PM 
    • PC Gaming Show - 3:00 PM 
    • Sony -- 6:00 PM

    Tuesday, June 12

    • Nintendo -- 9:00 AM

    Next, the rules!

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    Take a shot when…

    • There is any mention / appearance of Death Stranding OR Hideo Kojima
    • There is any mention / appearance of Shenmue III OR Yu Suzuki
    • There is any mention / appearance of Sonic the Hedgehog in any capacity
    • There is any mention / appearance of Cyberpunk 2077
    • There is any mention / appearance of any game from Valve Software
    • Bethesda Game Studios announces a port or a re-release of any game.
    • There is any mention / appearance of a Battle Royale game
    • There are technical difficulties of any kind
    • There is a single, over-enthusiastic yell from the crowd
    • Anyone is crying
    • You hear the word "diversity"
    • You hear the word "beloved"

    And, because some of us are getting pretty tired of slamming our bodies with literal poison, we're splitting into TEAM DRUNK and TEAM VAPE. And Lawrence Mode will make a return too, meaning I will do BOTH. God bless America.


    Plus, this year we have some tasty FIRST-Exclusive PERKS.


    First off, if you can't watch the streams, the entire Drunk E3-sperience will be uploaded for FIRST members to Fullhaus!


    Second, our stream will close out each day with our very professional, FIRST-Exclusive wrap up show! You know how every gaming channel does a segment where they sit around and talk about who won and lost E3? We decided we wanted to do that too. Except ours will be even MORE professional somehow. This will also be uploaded for FIRST members.


    So make sure to get your FIRST Membership all prepped and ready, since it's the only way you'll see every dumb drunk thing we do (and if you sign up, please use promo code "funhaus" so our bosses like us more).


    Any questions? Leave em in the comments below!

  • Rooster Teeth Creative Community

    1 week ago

    tonysimonetta

    Aloha y'all.


    My name is Tony Simonetta. I'm a huge Disney Parks fan, tiki enthusiast, and I hate cooked fruit. I'm also Rooster Teeth's Lead Merchandise Designer, which means I get to work with our talented team of in-house artists to create our full portfolio of merch designs for the Rooster Teeth Store.

    I'm very excited to announce Community Creative, our new initiative to feature products designed by members of the Rooster Teeth Community and shine a light on the amazing artists behind the work. Starting this Friday with our latest Achievement Hunter merch drop, when you see the Community Creative logo it will signify that one of your fellow community members are responsible for the artwork on that piece. They have put blood, sweat, and tears into creating artwork for your favorite Rooster Teeth and Let's Play shows. And Funhaus.


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    But it's not  just a fancy new logo! We'll also be featuring our Community Creatives on journals and Rooster Teeth social throughout the year so you can get to know the artists better. Plus, the Rooster Teeth Store will have a special collection page with all of our Community Creative merch so you can easily collect them all.

    Here's a peek at one of the shirts dropping this Friday from Community Creative and Achievement Hunter fan, Sami Jen! (@sami_jen on Twitter)


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    Check out Sami Jen's Art here: www.samijen.com


    I can't wait to show the Rooster Teeth Community the awesome merch we've got coming, so stay tuned. Finally, a huge Thank You goes out to all our previous Community Creatives for the amazing work they’ve done on the dozens of designs we’ve featured on the Rooster Teeth Store. We can’t wait to work with you again!


    Mahalo,

    Tony Simonetta

  • Welcome Eric Baudour to Broadcast!

    1 week ago

    Podrick

    After almost five years of helping Gus produce the RT Podcast, I'm passing the baton to Eric Baudour.  Some of you may recognize Eric from Mega64 where he helped produce their podcast for eight years.  What you may not know is that Eric was also the director of broadcast for Razer for the last four years.  He comes to Rooster Teeth with an awesome amount of broadcast experience and I'm thrilled at the possibilities with him on our team.  As podcast producer, Eric will be not only work with RTP but all of our talk shows, like Always Open.  I'll continue as head of RT Broadcast, working with our new creative team, including Eric, Todd Womack and all of our broadcast producers to develop new shows for you.  And I'll still be around for the podcast so you'll still hear my voice every now and then.  :)


    Please welcome Eric and show him what it is to be a part of our incredible community!

  • Branded Pilot Journal

    1 week ago

    Marshall

    Party peoples,


    It’s been a minute. I miss all your pretty faces.


    I’m super excited to share with you the debut of our Branded pilot (haven't seen it? Go check it out now!) It is a workplace comedy that revolves around a handful of dishonest idiots who work at a small digital ad agency, producing the worst viral videos you’ve ever seen. It’s very much inspired by the people and projects I interacted with during the three years I spent in LA working on “branded content” (which is industry speak for the YouTube commercials you desperately try to skip after five obnoxious seconds).


    We’ve been working hard on this for a few months and I know you guys are gonna love it. In addition to the friendly faces of @burnie, @Joel, and @micaburton, the show stars some of the most talented, funny, and professional actors I’ve ever worked with, hands down. Mike Capes from the hysterical Hacks of Life. Ted Meredith. Christina Parrish. Byron Brown. Jonah Yohana. Liz Tabish. All of them brought something incredible to the characters that really elevated the show. If you haven’t seen their work before, you’re in for a treat.


    We wanted the show to feel like Mike Judge tackled the world of Mad Men, but set during the digital age. Some of my favorite comedies are Silicon Valley, Always Sunny, and Fresh Meat. We took those inspirations and combined them with a loose, fast-paced approach similar to Brooklyn 99 or Curb Your Enthusiasm. And that’s how Branded was born.


    Check it out and let us know what you think!


    -Marshall

  • Latest update to the new apps

    2 weeks ago

    revelsrouser twitter.com/revelsrouser

    What’s up y’all! I’m very excited to announce that the latest update to the Rooster Teeth apps includes support for Chromecast! It's available now for iOS (Get it here!) and Android (Available now!), so check the app store to download the Rooster Teeth app or update yours -  and start streaming!


    How to stream videos from via Chromecast:

    • Make sure that your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

    • Open the app

    • Find something awesome to watch

    • Tap the Cast button, a square with three curved lines like the Wi-Fi symbol coming out of the corner.

    • If you only have a single Chromecast on the network, the video should start playing immediately. If not, you'll see a list of available devices, and you'll have to tap on the one you want to cast the video to.

    And that’s how easy it is to have Chromecast right at your fingertips. We’ll be back soon to talk more about what’s coming down the pipe for mobile apps and web. Stay tuned!



  • Rooster Teeth in the UK

    2 weeks ago

    ericherry Eric Cherry

    Hi Everyone!


    Last week we made a huge announcement: Rooster Teeth is expanding through a newly established UK office. They've asked me to head up the project, and so I wanted to start by sharing with you how I fit into the Rooster Teeth Story and give you an overview of what our initial plans are.


    I've been working with Rooster Teeth as a business partner for just over ten years now. At that time there were about ten people at the company, and they had just wrapped production of RVB Season 5 from their office in downtown Austin. I wasn't there. My office was in Melbourne, and I was responsible for selling their DVDs to Australian retailers. After doing that for a couple of years I launched the company Hanabee, and alongside an incredible group of colleagues and the Roo Teeth community (shout out Caiti), we hosted RT guests at conventions, boat cruises, afterparties, animation workshops, pub crawls, press tours and three instances of RTX Sydney. Those ten years put me in a unique place, where on the one hand I've been around the culture and community for quite some time, yet only now I feel it's appropriate to introduce myself. It's nice to meet you all, finally :)


    Regarding our plans for the UK, I've compiled a list of four primary objectives I'm undertaking over the next 12 months which I'll share with you here:


    #1 - Build a roadmap for improving the online store for global customers

    Our goal is to get high-quality products to customers anywhere in the world as quickly and cheaply as we can. We know the product range, customer service and user experience in the UK is a problem, it's also far from perfect in Australia. Adding to the challenge is a world-class team in Austin that is turning out fantastic products, as evidenced by how fast they're selling out! So to figure out how to navigate these challenges, I'm working with the team to model up different logistical scenarios, weigh up our most realistic options and roll them out according to a timeline. It won't change overnight, but you'll start to see improvements over a relatively short period, and we will keep you updated as our plans progress.


    #2 - Provide increased support for the RT community

    By all accounts, the UK community is so passionate it's almost intimidating! With the insufficient support for the UK store, I can see how some members could feel overlooked, which is why I'm here. My first objective is to meet with members in person, learn about their passion, goals and activities - both big and small - and figure out ways to provide increased support to the UK community at national and regional levels. I will be attending most of the MCM events this year, which will take me around the country, and give me the opportunity to at least be in the same town as many of you. I look forward to connecting with as many of you fine folks as I can.


    #3 - Reach out to developers, producers, talent, publishers, distributors and sponsors and figure out ways to work together

    My goal here is to meet as many creative individuals and companies as possible that compliment the Rooster Teeth universe and seek out ways to collaborate. There's no limit; it's a never-ending process that has me travelling a fair bit, and it's a super fun part of the job.


    #4 - Work with the executive team in Austin to decide on the best path towards long-term development for Rooster Teeth abroad

    We have ideas on what we want to do long-term, and the rest of my time this year is spent researching and identifying pathways to make it happen. While we're not ready to announce many of the concepts we're throwing around, nor go on a hiring spree, I can assure you I'm working on all four of the above objectives concurrently with an eye towards exciting developments ahead.


    Just to summarise, It's truly humbling to introduce myself to you all today through this huge and wonderful megaphone called roosterteeth.com. I look forward to keeping you across our plans as they come to light, and I'm super excited to meet many of you throughout the year, wherever you may be.


    - Eric

  • RvB is Back and It's Going to be Fucking Awesome (+ A Schedule Update)

    1 month ago

    matt

    Hey everyone - hopefully you’re already aware that the 16th season of Red vs. Blue is premiering for FIRST members on Sunday, April 15 at 8:00 a.m. CDT. It’s going to be our sixteenthiest season ever. The show is now old enough to drive a car or something. It’s going to be awesome, just watch.


    If you’re not yet a FIRST member, you should correct that, but in the meantime let me tell you about how we’re going to be releasing this show for everyone to see.


    We have a long history of trying out new things with Red vs. Blue. That sounds oddly sexual but it’s not. What I mean is, our most loyal viewers have a long history of watching it on the Rooster Teeth site. In fact, there was literally nowhere else to watch it until season 6. Caboose hadn’t even invented YouTube yet. I think Woodrow Wilson was still president. It was a totally different world back then. Possibly much better.


    So, things change, and then sometimes they change back again in delightful ways. With our new and improved site and mobile apps, there’s even more reason to watch Red vs. Blue right here at its original home. Because of that, we have decided to release Red vs. Blue episodes free to the public on the Rooster Teeth site and mobile apps a mere one week after they go up for FIRST members. They will be posted to YouTube at some point in the future, but the only way to watch them for free one week after their initial release is on the Rooster Teeth site and mobile apps.


    We are committed to making our new viewing experience the best it can be, and bringing our community together on the same platform is a huge priority for us. This new season of Red vs. Blue is the perfect way to experiment with that. As it stands, this is the only show with this release schedule – our plan is to leave RWBY’s schedule the same as it has been.


    If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. If you have praise and adoration, you can leave a comment too. Or maybe combine both, like “How can you be so awesome?” Just go nuts.


    We’re excited about making our site and apps the best place to watch Rooster Teeth content, and your feedback is crucial in that process. Thanks everyone and can’t wait to watch the show with you this Sunday.


    - Matt


    P.S. - Along with having a new site and mobile apps, we'll be doing an hour long watch party for Red vs. Blue Season 16 Episode 1 at 10:00 a.m. CDT on Sunday April 15! Head on over to roosterteeth.com/live and watch with the rest of the community.

  • Looking Behind the Curtain (How Ad Reads Come to Be)

    1 month ago

    gus Elite Staff

    In the past I’ve thought about writing a journal explaining how some behind the scenes stuff works here at RT, and in light of recent concerns about a sponsor I figured I should give you some insight as to how ad reads happen. I think this is good background info to help shed light on the current situation because I’ve read many misconceptions about the process. I’m going to use Hims as my example in this journal.


    I want to start by saying nobody at Fullscreen or Rooster Teeth forces me to read ad copy for a sponsor I didn’t approve. Ads can come in a few different ways. Sometimes external agencies sell against our inventory, sometimes our internal sales team sells them, but regardless of who sells the ad, I deal directly with the RT sales team. When our sales team is talking to a potential new sponsor interested in advertising on RT Podcast they will let me know who the potential sponsor is and ask if I approve or have any concerns or objections. I normally look into the company or product and try to get a feel of how people talk about them online. I’ve disapproved many potential sponsors in the past and have never had pushback when I disapprove one. For example, here is the email I received from the sales team regarding Hims (the email was addressed to the decision makers for the shows listed below):

    One of our agencies reached out about this, so let me know if neither/ both or which one would make sense as a sponsor. (Same company, two products- hair loss and erectile dysfunction pills.)

    I made it very clear that it would be difficult for us to promote ED pills with a straight face, but apparently they have a sense of humor...

    Anyway- understand if this doesn't fit but looking at:

    AH Livestream, Heroes and Halfwits AHWU and Off Topic

    Always Open

    Glitch Please and The Know

    RT Podcast

    After doing my usual research I came to an easy conclusion (and I only make the decision for RT Podcast):

    I'm fine with both.

    Not every show producer was comfortable with this ad read, so some shows turned down the sponsor. Once the sales team hears from the show producer they move forward with getting the ad copy and scheduling the read. Due to the popularity of these reads there can sometimes be a large delay before we do the read. For example, I gave Hims a go ahead on August 14th 2017 but didn’t do the first ad read until March 5th 2018. On February 27th 2018 I had an on-boarding conference call to discuss the campaign with the external agency that sold the ad and the company itself. Normally on these calls we are given background on the company and go over the product and talking points for the product. This is a time for us to have our questions answered directly by the sponsor. We typically only do on-boarding calls for new sponsors but sometimes we’ll have refresher on-boarding calls with long time sponsors who may have new products or talking points. So much time had passed since I initially approved Hims that I had forgotten I approved them. After the on-boarding call I was actually concerned that this campaign had come in unapproved so I sent off an email to the RT sales team verifying that I had approved this campaign. They reminded me of our earlier conversation about this sponsor and I was ready to move forward.

    After the on-boarding call we finalize the copy that I will read and the graphics used for the video podcast. Sometimes the sponsor supplies the copy, sometimes they don’t. I don’t know where the Hims copy came from. I think it was written internally because before the second ad read I received a message from one of the producers in the Broadcast department. He was punching up the copy and since he was changing it he wanted approval on it. Here is the message exchange we had:

    Hey Gus - I'm punching up these ads for today, wanted to share with you a piece of this so (A) you can check it out and don't get blindsided by stage directions, and (B) so you can object if you hate it. Here's a part where i put a dumb little side comment trying to make these more conversational. LMK if you hate it:
    If you have this problem, check out forhims.com, a one stop shop for hair loss, skincare, and sexual wellness for men. *(to panel-->)* I always wondered where you can get that sexual healing they talk about in that song. HIMS provides medical grade solutions, real doctors who offer quality generic equivalents to name brand prescriptions to help you keep your hair where it belongs!

    My reply was:

    Perfect. Thank you for this!

    About thirty minutes before the podcast goes live one of our other producers gathers up all the copy for that episode and preps it for me so that I have them all on my laptop to read during the show. I’ll review them and if I have any last minute questions I’ll pop into the control room to chat with the team. If you ever watch the live pre-stream and you see me in the control room with my laptop I’m normally asking a question about copy, ad timing, on screen graphic placement, or something else related to the ad reads. Then we go live and you see the rest. I try to space the ad reads out during the show so that there aren’t too many back to back and we don’t wait until too close to the end of the show.

    People often comment on the way I perform ad reads and they frequently have good advice, but I want you to know the methodology behind my approach to the reads. Some viewers ask why I don’t become more energetic or try to be upbeat and incorporate the copy into the show. I try to intentionally maintain a fairly flat delivery so that it is clear when I am doing the ad read and when I’m not. There have of course been exceptions in the past for bigger activations like the Smirnoff “Side Car” or Pizza Hut’s “The Feed”.

    Once the show is released I keep tabs on comments on our site and other social media avenues. Part of this is reading how people react to the ad reads. Recently someone contacted me via twitter because they took exception to some ad copy I read for a different sponsor. They felt the copy was worded in a way that was deceptive. I looked at the copy again and could see his point of view. I sent an email to our sales team alerting them to the concern. They looked into it, talked to the sponsor, and the copy was changed to address the concern.

    Ok, now that all that background and process is established I’d like to talk more in-depth specifically about Hims.

    The controversial reaction to Hims has surprised some of us at RT, including myself. I did my first ad read for Hims on March 5th and the second ad read on April 2nd. The first read focused primarily on the hair loss medication and the second read was the first to mention the erectile dysfunction medication. There wasn’t too much feedback after the first read, but there definitely was a lot more after the second. I wanted to address some of the concerns I saw posted online.

    The first concern was that our audience is too young for this type of product and we were marketing pharmaceuticals to teenagers. Some RT shows do have a young demographic but RT Podcast listeners are one of our oldest skewing audiences. An example of the fact that the audience is older is actually shown by the fact we have had alcohol sponsors in the past. In the United States if you advertise alcohol then no more than 28.4% of your audience can be under the age of 21.

    Another concern was that the products were “snake oil”. The products sold by Hims are prescription drugs approved by the FDA for the purposes they are advertised for. Finasteride is the generic version of Propecia which is used to treat male hair loss. Sildenafil is the generic version of Viagra which is used to treat erectile dysfunction.

    Some commenters were uncomfortable with the idea of this service helping a patient circumvent their in-person doctor visit and get pharmaceuticals through online consultation. I personally thought this was a super convenient idea and I wish I could have this type of regular consultation with my general doctor. I do think this is the future of medicine and doctor appointments. I can definitely see the cause for concern but I don’t want anyone to think that the service just allows you to order pharmaceuticals with no oversight. You do give your medical history to a real doctor via the service who reviews it and your overall health before determining whether or not you qualify for the medications. You can also provide a prescription from your regular doctor if you have one. Either way, you simply can’t buy prescription medicine in the United States without having a prescription from a doctor.

    From what I understand I think that the United States and New Zealand are the only countries in the world that allow direct to consumer advertising of prescription medicine. I think this fact is also what has caused some of the concern from our audience. In the US we are used to seeing medicine ads and ignoring the ones that are irrelevant to us. I also think that since the US doesn’t have a national healthcare system that most Americans don’t have a general practitioner that they see so this type of service is attractive to them. That last one is just a hunch I have, no solid proof on that one.

    In reading the comments about this topic I discovered one other bit of information I found interesting. Viagra is available over the counter in the UK http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42155489. I don’t bring that up as a justification for the ad reads, just as a bit of information to highlight how different countries treat medicine and the healthcare system differently.

    Why didn’t we say anything sooner? I actually wanted to address some of the concern on Monday’s podcast and told Burnie about it before the show went live but we never got around to it. I really wish I had talked about it then because there’s definitely been way more discussion in the community since then. Internally we’ve been talking about this and we have people on all sides of the issue. We couldn’t really make a statement or address this until we knew what we wanted to say.

    With this controversy swirling in our community, we realize the easy thing for us to do here would be to cancel our contract with Hims. We do need advertisers to support our podcasts, but we don’t need all of them. We turn down advertisers all the time that we don’t think fit out standards.

    However, we don’t want to make a reactionary decision here, because we genuinely do think this is a good service. Many men find talking to their own doctor in person about these issues and other health issues difficult and embarrassing. It’s a real problem. And yes, these issues do affect young men in not insignificant numbers. A service that helps men get past that embarrassment and get help is a good thing.

    Rooster Teeth tries to be a sex-positive company. We believe in addressing sex and sex-related issues in open and frank ways, and we think sexual health is important for everyone. If erectile dysfunction medicine helps some people enjoy their lives, then more power to them.

    Some members of our community have suggested that it is morally wrong to advertise any prescription medicine whatsoever. Burnie has commented on past podcasts that advertising for prescription medications in the U.S. is way over the top. And by and large, he’s right, especially when you compare the U.S. to the rest of the world, where most countries have no advertisements for it at all. It’s unlikely we will ever partner with another prescription medicine advertiser, it’s not something we seek out. However, we’re not ready to say they are all bad. The health care system in the U.S. is extremely convoluted, which is a much bigger topic than we can address here, but people still need to know about medicines that can help them. This subject just deserves a more nuanced conversation.

    Now that you have heard us out and understand our decision making process, we look forward to getting additional feedback from you. Like I said, we want to have an honest and open discussion about this, and one that is based on facts and not rumors or gossip. As the person that has the final say over this and all the other advertisements on the RT Podcast, I feel this is very important to get right. Our community is extremely important to us, and so is making decisions like these for the right reasons. Please leave your comments below and we also look forward to discussing with everyone on the next RT Podcast.

  • The New RT Box Plan - Launches April 4!

    1 month ago

    Eric_Duncan VP, Marketing

    What is up, y’all?. This is the update you’ve been waiting for: your biggest and most burning questions about the RT Box and Double Gold will be answered - TODAY. Probably. Anyway, let’s first talk about the final monthly box. The March box. I can think of no better way to end the monthly box than for it to be a couple of weeks late. Which it is. For those of you still waiting, those will be shipping out next week. Now, onto the cool new stuff.


    Sign-ups for the New RT Box Membership Go Live on Wednesday, April 4

    That’s just next week, people, so get ready. This will happen at about noon CDT, but keep an eye on the usual channels for confirmation of when it happens. The moment you sign up you’ll be charged $64.99 and be eligible to receive the Season 1 RT Box, which carries the theme of those lovable idiots over at Achievement Hunter! As a note, these RT Boxes are limited edition so if you take your time signing up, we may run out of inventory! Seriously. Limited.


    As mentioned in my last update, each season the box will feature a different theme. We’ll announce what the theme is around the beginning of each season (every three months, or “quarter” as we say in the fancy business world), which should give you enough time to decide if that box is right for you.


    Let’s Talk About Shipping

    Domestic Community Members: USD$64.99 includes standard shipping for you! Yay.

    International Community Members: You will have to pay an additional USD$11 on top of the box price, BUT the shipping cost will include customs and duties.* Double yay!


    *(Be aware that there is still a chance that your local government may add on additional costs we have no control over.)


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    Billing and What It Means for You and Your Calendar

    Remember with Double Gold how you got billed on the first of every month? Forget it. Things are changing, for the better.

    The RT Box membership runs in 90 day subscriptions.

    You will be charged the day you sign up and enter into an auto renewal plan.

    You will then be charged three (3) months later on the 1st of that month (see below for example timeline).


    For example, if you sign up May 6 (5/6/18), you’ll receive the Season 1 RT Box, and you will be charged again on August 1 (8/1/18) to receive the Season 2 RT Box, then three months later on November 1 (11/1/18) to receive the Season 3 RT Box, etc… As long as you maintain your auto-renewal on your subscription.


    Still confused? Look at the below image:


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    More Questions? We Have Answers.

    Q: What happens if you run out of inventory? Do I get billed and then get shafted with no box?

    A: Nope! If there is no remaining inventory for that season you will NOT get billed.  


    Q: When do I get the box?

    A: Once you’ve been billed, your order is created and will ship out as soon as that season’s boxes are ready to ship. We are planning for boxes to be ready to ship around the middle of each season.


    Q: When do I need to sign up so I can be first to purchase RTX London tickets?

    A: You must sign up by April 16 at noon CDT (6 p.m. GMT) in order to receive a code to be first in line to purchase RTX tickets. If you sign up after that time, you won’t be eligible to receive a code.


    Final Reminders

    Remember, with an RT Box membership you’ll still get:

    • An RT Box every season packed with about $140 worth of high-quality, exclusive merch

    • A 10% discount on all purchases in the Rooster Teeth Store after you sign up and are billed for your RT Box membership

    • Access to purchase live event tickets, including VIP passes when available, before anyone else

    • Gold double star on your community profile

    And remember, you will have to sign up for FIRST membership separately to continue viewing the FIRST content that you love so much. (Not a FIRST member anymore? Go ahead and sign back up today HERE!


    That’s it for the moment. Keep an eye on your emails, our social media, and this site for news. AND DEFINITELY make sure you get our emails - I imagine something special might drop in some inboxes soon. Leave your questions below and @Chelsea and I will do our best to get you some answers.


    Thanks, we love you.  

  • The next linear channel betas will launch Monday 4.2

    1 month ago

    ebregman Programming

    UPDATE: They're live now!

    RTV

    AHTV

    FHTV


    Thanks for helping make our RTV linear channel test a big success! You guys definitely showed us you'd watch a linear channel, especially with our new chat feature right there.


    Our first test was a specifically programmed feed that included a live broadcast. To do that every day 24/7 takes more tech infrastructure that we're currently scoping out how to build. But to keep the tests rolling, on Monday we're launching 3 different linear feeds in beta on RoosterTeeth.com: FHTV will come to our site, and we're starting up a new AHTV for Achievement Hunter and an RTV for Rooster Teeth as well.


    RTV and AHTV will run exactly the same as FHTV - they'll be a randomized playlist from the libraries of those YouTube channels (AH will include Let's Play). The one difference: RTV and AHTV will be unlisted on YouTube and only discoverable on RoosterTeeth.com, whereas FHTV will remain as it has been on YouTube in addition to being on RoosterTeeth.com. In all three cases, when you visit the linear feeds on RoosterTeeth.com you'll be using our chat. We'll all be stopping by the chats for those feeds, so make sure you check in when you can!


    All live broadcasts will remain in separate streams, just like always, while these betas are up and running.


    Have a great holiday weekend if you're celebrating! If not then have a great totally normal weekend when a lot of stores are closed!

  • Hello Community!

    1 month ago

    mikequinn VP Engineering

    Thank you to those who showed up for our Q&A session the other night! It was really cool to answer those questions and get feedback from everyone before we launched the new video platform. We’re excited to launch it tomorrow, and don’t forget to go download the new mobile apps tomorrow as well, so you can always have Rooster Teeth in your pocket. A lot of you have asked about the community side of our site: what we’re doing with it, features, look, feel, etc., and with the new site coming tomorrow, I want to take a few minutes to show you some early concepts and talk a bit about what we’re working on.

     

    What are we building? An easy way to keep up to date with each other, share a common community space, and enjoy all of the Rooster Teeth people and content that you love.

    How are we doing it? There will be a couple ways to communicate.  First, we will have “posts.” This feature will look similar to other sites, where you will create a post that others can view.  

    Posts can go to a community. A community is a grouping of like-minded people gathering around common interests.  


    NOTE: Everything you see here is early work-in-progress, so some visuals may change as we work on these


    If you want to explore communities, you’ll see something like this


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    Community will be part of the video experience in a few ways.  Cool part: you can check it out while enjoying content.


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    And read the entirety of a post without having to leave the sights and sounds you’re experiencing.


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    Big and little screens will be able to view new episodes through the community!


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    We’re are very excited about this and will show updates as they move along! Leave me some comments below and let me know what you think.


  • RTX Austin & London Forums!

    3 months ago

    adam Director of Technology

    Created new forums for our RTX 2018 London & Austin. 


    Looking for a place to arrange hotel shares or community meet ups for #RTX2018?  Just made some new forums for ya.   heartbeat


    http://roosterteeth.com/forum/rtx-austin-2018


    http://roosterteeth.com/forum/rtx-london-2018


    XOXOX