It’s something Ive been thinking about this last week and wanted to know other peoples thought on the matter.
As many know a group of YT video makers and other key community figures were invited to Jagex last month, this visit was shortly followed by the announcement of the 3 new Jagex Mods. Last week a second group of 5 or so video makers visited Jagex, and then this week another 10 or so have been invited to stay a few days and visit the studio.
This is a very sudden rapid change from the Jagex of old, who seldom invited anyone, and if they did it has only typically been 1 or 2 people at a time and not groups.
On the surface it seems to me that this is simply a way of thanking those who out so much hard work into the community and spreading the joy of the game. I watch many of those who have been invited’s videos and I think they 100% deserve an awesome reward like an all-expenses paid visit.
But my main question is what Jagex’es ulterior motive in this is?
To me it has already had the clear effect of perhaps stopping some of those video makers being so critical or harsh on Jagex in videos. Those that previously referred to Squeal/Solomon with a selection of profanities seem to be either not discussing it at all now, or even discussing it in a more positive light.
Assumedly a key reason for these visits is for Jagex to pick the brains of a group of people who arguably understand the community and the game better than Jagex themselves. Perhaps they are hoping that by physically introducing some of the big guns of the community to each other in person it will help make the community more tight knit.
I think there is truly a lot to be gained by these visits and I feel Jagex has some sort of a big plan with this, I just cant put my finger on exactly what it is.
So, yes, what are people’s views on this new sudden outreach to the video making community and what potential changes do you think could come because of it?