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  • ANNOUNCEMENT: RTX LONDON 2018 COMMUNITY CORNER

    3 days ago

    Clarissa.Gonzalez RT Live Events Manager

    Hi London friends!


    Exciting news! Community Corner is coming to RTX London, and we will have a dedicated space in the Exhibit Hall to promote the work and talents of our community. Are you an artist, designer, illustrator, and/or create cool shit? We'd love to give you the space to show it off!


    We've assembled a committee of Rooster Teeth employees who have come from the community to review and select the submissions. 


    Applications now open and close Wednesday, 29 August at 11:59PM CDT.


    We can't wait to see all your submissions!


    Lastly, if you have any questions, please remember to reach out to our lovely customer support team at rtxevent@roosterteeth.com. They're here to help!


    xoxo

    Clarissa

  • News regarding RTX Sydney and future Australian live events

    4 days ago

    Bethany Head of RT Events

    Hi everyone! 


    Traveling our company to Australia every year is a massive endeavor for Rooster Teeth, and one that we always look forward to. However, we can only manage one big event in Australia each year, and based on feedback from our community we’ve decided to change things up in 2019. 


    Rather than the standard RTX event, we'll be sending Achievement Hunter and friends down under to put on three amazing stage shows in a few different cities. We can't wait to show you what these guys have planned, and we'll be announcing dates and venues very soon! 


    Stay tuned for how and where to buy tickets in the coming weeks. We can't wait to see you again in Australia in 2019! 


    <3

  • Rooster Teeth's Murder Room is Back!

    4 days ago

    Podrick

    This week we begin releasing more episodes of Murder Room!  We produced four new episodes from mysteries written earlier this year in testing. These four new episodes will give us a chance to get even more feedback and tweak this killer show (haha) before going into our official first season. (fingers crossed) Murder Room will also be moving to a different windowing session. Episodes will launch for FIRST members and be exclusive for 7 days, then it will open to be available to anyone on RoosterTeeth.com and all mobile apps for 7 more days, and finally after that it will be available on YouTube for the public. Since this is the first show of its kind, we are basically learning how to best turn each mystery into a game.  I think you'll see how each episode gets stronger and stronger as we solve this crazy-ass puzzle we call Murder Room.  Now, set your timer and prepare to convict a killer.

  • RTX Austin 2018 Feedback Requested

    5 days ago

    Bethany Head of RT Events

    Hi my lovelies! 


    It's been a week since RTX Austin ended and as usual, I feel a mix of emotions. So much time and work (and champagne!) goes into planning the massive experience that is RTX, that when it ends after a jam-packed, whirlwind of one weekend, it's hard not to feel a sense of sadness inside. Yes, it's a phenomenal feeling to come full-circle and see the results of the previous year of work come to life, however it also comes with a heavy amount of anxiety and longing for what's next to come.


    I truly hope you had a wonderful time this year at RTX, however we know there are always ways we can improve year over year. My team and I would love to hear from you on your experience this year at RTX Austin 2018: Registration, Security, Panels/Programming, Hotels, Evening Events, Communications, and anything else you want to ask/discuss. 


    A brief survey was emailed to all attendees last week, so please make sure you complete it. Not only will you be entered to potentially win 2 Weekend badges to RTX Austin 2019, but the feedback is invaluable to us. We read every word and consider every suggestion in our planning for the following year. 


    Lastly, I cannot thank you, the community, enough for continuing to show your support for Rooster Teeth by attending RTX and our other live events. It's you that makes Rooster Teeth special. It's you that allows us to have RTX each year. It's you that makes this the fucking best community in the entire world. It's you that deserves all the love and appreciation I can give. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 


    <3 

    B (and the Events Team) 

  • Stream RTX Austin LIVE with Mixer

    2 weeks ago

    gus Elite Staff

    RTX Austin is right around the corner, and many of you are getting ready to travel to our balmy home to experience this event firsthand. The rest of you might be feeling sad about missing out, but I have some great news for you: thanks to our partnership with Mixer, you can stream RTX Austin 2018 LIVE from the comfort of your climate-controlled room! You can see it all, from gaming on Center Stage to the Animation Festival and our biggest announcements this year.


    To experience the action, tune in to https://mixer.com/team/rtx2018 starting at 12:00 p.m. CT on Friday, August 3. You can also watch via the Mixer app on Xbox One and mobile. If you miss anything, Mixer will have a video on demand as soon the stream is over. You might want to reference our panel schedule to make sure you catch everything you want to see. We’ll miss you, but the Mixer livestream is the next best thing to being there in person.

  • Day 5 coming to TV & Blu-ray, plus Season 3 updates

    3 weeks ago

    JoshtheFlanagan

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    Hey guys. Long time no… sleep?


    Lots of you have been asking what’s up with Day 5, and today I FINALLY get to spill some big news -- Day 5 is coming to TV! Plus I’ve got updates on the upcoming Blu-ray release and season 3, so dig into the details below.


    DAY 5 & CRUNCH TIME ARE OFFICIALLY TELEVISION SHOWS!
    Season 1 of Day 5 will debut in the UK (courtesy of Sky UK) on Pick TV starting August 28th, and both seasons will air in the US on the El Rey Network beginning October 31st! We’re beyond excited for our broadcast and cable debuts, and are thrilled to work with such great partners. And as a bonus, Rooster Teeth's Crunch Time will also air on El Rey in the same window.

    rCqXV29.pngIn addition to helping us reach a wider audience, these deals are necessary for us to move forward with season 3. However, it does mean Day 5 episodes will be coming off Rooster Teeth for a six-month window starting at the end of October, and we wanted to make sure you had plenty of advance notice to check out the unwaking nightmare. If you’re not a Rooster Teeth FIRST member already, you can sign up for a free trial here.


    DAY 5 BLU-RAY DROPS AT RTX!
    The Season 1 & 2 Combo Blu-ray will debut at RTX 2018 (Aug. 3-5) and be available in the Rooster Teeth store later next month. All 14 episodes of the show, with all behind-the-scenes materials and Day 5 Stories spinoffs, plus new exclusive commentaries from the cast and crew. Speaking of cast and crew, we’ll be running amok at RTX with an official Day 5 Panel and Cast Signing Session, if you’re looking for someone to sign those beautiful, newborn baby Blu-rays.


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    SO WHERE THE HELL IS SEASON 3?!

    You’ve probably already figured it out, but Season 3 has been delayed into next year. We have a very specific vision for the series -- and the level of scope we want to achieve moving forward -- but we want to make sure it’s done right, and that the show can reach as broad an audience as possible. We’re currently in negotiations to co-produce season 3 with a partner, and I promise to update you on concrete details as soon as humanly possible.


    We have some really, really cool stuff in store and I can’t wait to share more. Thanks so much for your passion for the series, and your patience as we work to give you the best damn show we can.


    Josh

  • French with Benefits

    1 month ago

    Barbara

    Bonjour, my friends!

    In case you happened to miss the news yesterday, we just launched my new collection in the RT Store: French with Benefits! (huehue)


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    I've been very inspired by a lot of "french" style lately, and wanted to make a collection that uses that inspiration, as well as unique, custom-made pieces. For this, we have 2 shirts, a suede cap, a tote bag, and... our first ever DRESS! (photos below). I am so happy with the way everything turned out, and am a big fan of pieces you can dress up or down.


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    Huge shoutout to the design/photography/store teams for making this possible. I am so excited to see these adorable pieces on your bodies. Go grab 'em!


    BISOUS! 

  • All Game Attack Sub Revenue in August Is Going To Extra Life

    1 month ago

    CraigSkitz

    Hello RT community!!! 


    Today we're SUPER pumped to announce that ALL subscriber revenue Game Attack earns from Twitch in the month of August will be donated to Extra Life this year! We see this as an opportunity to raise some money for a great cause. In addition, we're going to match all Tier 1, 2 & 3 sub revenue up to $2,500. That means if we have $1,000 in sub revenue and $250 comes from Tier 1, 2 & 3 subs on Twitch, we'll make a total donation of $1,250.


    Extra Life is a BIG deal for RT every year. Since no other brands at Rooster Teeth or Let's Play aside from Kinda Funny stream on Twitch, this is an awesome chance for the RT community to come together & use their free Twitch Prime subs to go to a great cause. 


    Why are we announcing this two weeks before August? Because Like all things Game Attack - this has to be a grassroots campaign to spread the word about this opportunity to give big to Extra Life! We're asking for your help to hit up the RT community pages and even other brands - on Reddit, Twitter, on Facebook, and on RoosterTeeth.com!


    If you'd like to support you can sub to GA on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/gameattackteam) and hopefully we can raise some serious money for the kiddos. 


    Game Attack's Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/gameattackteam

    How to use your Amazon Prime account to benefit for free: https://www.twitch.tv/Prime


    Let's have a great August!

    Craig


  • Fans, prepare to get Serviced!

    1 month ago

    Gray

    WE'RE BACK, BABY-CHAN! Fan Service is returning! Me, Kerry, Miles, Yssa, Cole, Austin, Erin, really anyone who's worked on the show -- you know how much we loved catching up with you on all things anime. And whether online or in person at shows such as Anime Expo, CRX, or RTX, we also appreciated getting to hear from so many of you, about how much you've missed Fan Service since it went off the air. And Rooster Teeth listened… but they weren’t the only ones!


    What we discovered last time around was even though people that watched the show really loved it, there just weren’t quite enough otaku on our site alone to keep it going. We aren’t able to produce it regularly without additional support. So how is it coming back? Turns out our good friends at a certain sister company, Crunchyroll (!!), really loved Fan Service, too - and they would like to sponsor its return! And so, the next season of Fan Service will kick off this July 21 (SO SOON) with your favorite cast of anime nerds, debuting on Crunchyroll. Yes, it will also eventually make its way to Rooster Teeth, and we’ll have more details on that shortly. We’re so excited to geek out with you again, starting July 21!


    But chotto matte - that’s not all! There will be a Fan Service panel at RTX! Saturday 5pm in the Congressional Ballroom at the Fairmont! Get your weeb on, live and in person!


    Ja nei!!

  • News from Anime Expo

    1 month ago

    Gray

    Hey guys. 


    So we just got done with our panel at Anime Expo and it was insane. SO MUCH BIG NEWS. Let’s start with a project I’m thrilled to share more news on - gen:LOCK! Now we’ve already told you about this guy, but, oh, there’s so much more. 


    Today we announced some amazing new cast members including esteemed voice talent Kōichi Yamadera as Kazu Iida, a gL recruit from Japan. Yamadera-san has been in a couple tiny shows like Batman Ninja, Cowboy Bebop, and Ghost in the Shell, y’know, so maybe you've heard of him. 


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    We’re also thrilled to announced that Dakota Fanning is joining our cast as Miranda Worth, an expert pilot and someone who is very close to Chase. Yes, THAT Dakota Fanning from The Alienist, The Twilight Saga, and so much more. 


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    We also revealed our first supporting cast member, with Monica Rial (Dragon Ball Z, RWBY) playing the part of Colonel Raquel Marin — yes, it’s her voice you’ve already heard in the virtual call in the gen:LOCK teaser! As excited as I am about how this cast is shaping up, we have so much more yet to reveal. So maybe you should stop by RTX Austin, check out our big RT Animation panel and see what other names we might drop, along with the latest gen:LOCK teaser that we’re working on. It’s going to be a giant party.


    We’re also excited to announce the launch of a website for the new mobile game, RWBY: Amity Arena! CRWBY has been playing an early prototype of the game around the offices and we’re all absolutely addicted to the gameplay. If you haven’t yet heard of RWBY: Amity Arena, it’s a new strategic duel game from the renowned developer of Crusaders Quest, NHN Entertainment. If commanding RWBY characters in a real-time, high-energy strategic duel against friends or competitors across the world sounds fun to you, check out videos, photos, and more info about RWBY: Amity Arena here: https://rwbyaa.hangame.com


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    And if you’ve been enjoying the English translations of the RWBY anthology manga from Viz, the next one is Weiss, arriving in August!


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    Thanks everyone and can’t wait to see you in only 27 days at RTX Austin! ...wait only 27 days?! Guess we gotta get back to work on all the cool stuff we want to share!! See ya in Austin soon!

  • Website and App Updates

    1 month ago

    revelsrouser twitter.com/revelsrouser

    Hey everyone! We have a few new site and app updates for you to check out!


    First up, I'm happy to announce that you are now able to stay in fullscreen mode while binging videos, rather than having to re-select the fullscreen option each time a new video loads! We split your watchlist into tabs to make it easier to find the episodes AND series that you follow. You’ll also see that sort and filter options on the series page have been broken out into separate dropdown menus. That should make things a little less confusing and improve the experience.


    Secondly, in the RT mobile app iOS and Android, you can now check out the all new app settings page. We’ve added in a color picker and video quality options so you can tailor to your streaming and customization needs! We've also made some performance improvements, so be sure to download the latest update and let us know what you think.


    Lastly, we’ve implemented some new mod features for chat including user time outs. This is an admin-only feature but one we hope will keep the RT chats some of the best on the web!


    If you haven’t stopped by in a while, be sure to head to RoosterTeeth.com to see what’s new on the site and download the mobile app so you never miss an RT beat!


    Stay tuned for more rad changes coming soon! 


    <3

  • Pilot month: The Results Are In!

    1 month ago

    ebregman Programming

    We hope you all enjoyed Pilot Month! It was great to show the community what we’ve been working on and even better that you guys responded so well to everything. I’m happy to say all of the pilots are proceeding on to next steps! Here are the details:


    • BRANDED - This one is clearly a fan favorite. The goal was to make a half-hour comedy that captured the spirit and tone of the old RT Office Shorts, and it looks like Marshall and the team nailed it. Branded will be coming back with a full first season, seven additional episodes to make season one a total of eight episodes (including the pilot). All episodes will be available exclusively for FIRST members, with a few of the bits from each also making their way to YouTube, Facebook, and elsewhere.

    • GORQ’S QUEST - Easily one of the most talked-about pilots, there is a lot here to work with and a ton of potential for this series. We’re making some tweaks to the format and to the GORQ character, among a few other things, and we’ll release an additional four episodes that will be free to watch for everyone.

    • ACHIEVEMENT HAUNTER - Yeah, I guess we’ll make more of these. Eight more episodes coming soon, exclusively for FIRST members.

    • MDB: ANIMATED - This pilot episode will be released soon on Facebook, as a next step in our test. Because of its runtime and the creative being based on a pre-existing property, it performed well but understandably you guys felt the audience for this was likely broader than FIRST members. We think this is a show you’ll be eager to share with your followers on various social platforms such as Reddit, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and after the public test I expect we’ll make a few more.

    • RT’S MURDER ROOM - Did you choose the right person? We had so much fun testing this series and knew it was going to be a favorite. If you’re wondering what goes into making this show, we posted an audio-only post-show episode today. We learned a lot from this pilot that we want to continue to experiment with. Because of that, before we jump in and make a lot more of these we’re going to make four more episodes and release them free to watch for everyone.

    Congrats to everyone who worked so hard on these shows! As a whole, Pilot Month was a really cool way to introduce everyone to new content, our new app, and have a fun event for the whole community to gather around. We see this pilot event as a key step in our content development process. It gave us a chance to get our feet wet with some new shows, learn what it might take to make them into series, and include you in the process. Thanks as always for being supportive as we experiment! And if you have additional feedback about the Pilot Month process, please tell us in the comments!

  • Our New Community Manager

    2 months ago

    Barbara

    I'd like to introduce you all to our new Community Manager.

    This woman is someone who needs no introduction. But I'll give you one anyway because SHE'S WORTH IT!


    Welcome Jackie, AKA @kriss!


    Jackie has been part of the Rooster Teeth community since 2005, and has been one of the most involved, supportive, and inclusive community members we've ever met. She helped run RT Vegas, has been a lead Guardian at RTX for a number of years, and has continued to be active and enthusiastic when it comes to anything RT Community. Her passion comes through in everything she does, and we know that she, alongside @Chelsea, will make an unstoppable community team.


    With the new community site underway (more details soon), it' the perfect time for her to jump on board. We are so excited to have her on the team (finally!). The community is the lifeblood of Rooster Teeth, and we always want to make sure we're doing our best to support you guys.


    Now, please help me in giving a massively warm welcome to Jackie! <3 



  • Background Playback now available on iOS and Android!

    3 months 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.

  • Rooster Teeth Creative Community

    3 months 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

  • Rooster Teeth in the UK

    3 months 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

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

    4 months 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:

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    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!

    4 months 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.  

  • Hello Community!

    4 months 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!

    6 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