Things You Should Know: The Video Game Online Series Edition

Today’s post comes from Ypulse Research Associate Phil Savarese.

 "Gamers" aren't only found in the confines of the games they play, gaming has become a lifestyle and entertainment genre all its own, and that lifestyle is rapidly being pushed into various forms of media. Earlier this month, we talked about the rise in popularity of online only web series, and the ones that you should be watching right now. Couple that trend with the recent explosion of video game-related content and you have an entirely new realm of entertainment.  We are seeing more and more web series cropping up with stories and content grounded in the gaming lifestyle; from commentary and analysis to scripted shows and hysterical shorts. Here are just a few of the gaming web-series that you should know: 

 

Day[9].tv and the Day[9] Daily

349,120 subscribers on YouTube & 108,737 subscribers on twitch.tv

In 2010, Sean Plott and Eric Berkhart, founded Jink.TV, a company dedicated to providing “smart, funny content on topics that matter to the serious gamer.” Their flagship series “The Day[9] Daily,” or D9D, airs twice a week on twitch.tv with archived episodes on Day9.tv and YouTube. Plott took a childhood hobby and created a career and a brand by beginning Day[9].tv. He was a nerdy kid from Kansas just a decade ago, and in 2011 was named one of Forbes’ top 30 under 30 for entertainment, placing him in the ranks of Millennial icons Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Glover, Lebron James, and Lena Dunham. Day[9].tv may not get millions of views per-video, but they operate perfectly within their niche by providing quality, scheduled content and fostering incredibly high viewer engagement. The discussion boards of the site operate during live streams of Day[9] programming, which gives the web-series a deep social…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: The emoji I most send is 100, because I'm 100% real.”—Male, 15, TX

Brands are now #adulting in an effort to relate to Millennials. In 2014, our Chasing Neverland trend reported Millennials’ desire to escape grownup responsibilities and indulge their inner-kid. Since then #adulting, which comically references the so-called adult struggles like paying rent or “showering beforenoon,” has blown-up online, getting mentioned 642,000 times just last year. Now brands are joining on the trend, tweeting out #adulting tips and jokes—but beware of adopting Millennial-speak. According to one social media expert, “if a brand can legitimately talk like a millennial or even a teenager, they can get away with using #adulting. Otherwise, it comes up as fake.” (Digiday

Fox’s Empire Snapchat lens not only garnered 61 million views, it also upped brand awareness for the series. Snapchat has officially released a few stats on their sponsored content in an effort to bring more marketers onto its platform, and reports that the Empire lens ramped up brand awareness by 16 points and increased tune-in intent by 8% when it ran in March. The lens, which “overlaid a graphic of a pair of headphones and sunglasses over Snapchat users' faces with a microphone that they could pretend to sing into,” was played 33 million times and used for an average of 20 seconds before snapping. (Adweek

Millennials may be the key to redefining beauty standards in the fashion industry. Despite criticism, fashion has been slow to diversify, and 80% of models booked for the Fall 2015 season were white. Tony King, a CEO of an advertising agency that works with luxury brands, believes the way Millennials consume content can spark change: “There used to be all these layers between what brands put out and what the consumer saw. Now with the rise of social media and the accessibility of platforms like Snapchat you see a true authentic voice.” While young consumers “are totally clued into a diverse voice,” many brands haven’t recognized their preferences. (Forbes

Millennials without college degrees could be “stuck renting for a long time.” New research is revealing significant hurdles for 18-34-year-olds without diplomas: college graduates without student debt will need on average five years of additional savings to afford a down payment for a starter home, those with student loans will need 10 years, and those who haven’t graduated college will need 15.5 years. Lower incomes are one of the main drivers for the trend, but Millennials without college diplomas are also less likely to get financial assistance from friends and family. (Wall Street Journal

Virtual reality is “inventing a new way to tell a story." A 360-degree app that tells the story of Cirque du Soleil's traveling Kurios show, has been referenced as evidence of how VR is poised to become a revolutionary tool for storytelling. The app puts users “in the center of the action,” spotlighting how the technology could be the “closest to teleportation we will ever have in our lifetime." Experts also claim that consumers will “actually create the greatest amount of [virtual] content for themselves and their friends,” because of VR’s power to let users relive important experiences like birthdays and weddings. (Recode

Quote of the Day: “I can’t live without my desktop computer because it can replace most of the other devices (media streaming, music playing, getting directions, staying in contact with friends, gaming...).”—Female, 25, SC

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