Dear 4Player Community,
We know what you are probably thinking so let us be as clear as possible right up front: No, we are not quitting. Now that we have that out of the way, we do want to be as open with the community as humanly possible in the hopes that we can continue forward and make the community a better place for everyone. The staff at 4Player has spent the last 10 years doing our best to provide you with content to enjoy while at the same time, struggling to come to terms with our own relevance (or lack thereof). We have grown older, started families, moved (several times), and changed jobs many times. Truth be told, we let the pressures of trying to remain relevant on Twitch beat us down, force us to do things we don’t necessarily want to do, and ultimately lose touch with why we do this in the first place: to have fun and make something that everyone out there can enjoy.
We think it goes without saying but we are not like other streamers. We have no interest in making this our full time job or achieving success by catering to the whims of our potential audience. What we are is a video game podcast made up of friends who share a love and enthusiasm for this industry. That's it. We have hid from these truths for a while and as a result, we have made decisions and commitments at the expense of our own personal friendships and at times, even our own mental health.
But again, we would never dream of throwing in the towel. We love what we do and and we love being a part of this community no matter how big or small it is. We talked it over as a group and came to some decisions that we feel are best for us, best for the show, and ultimately, best for the community. So no more beating around the bush…
Effective Immediately, 4Player is no longer a DAILY live stream. Podcasts will continue to be recorded on Thursdays, Brad will continue to devote his usual Friday time slot to streaming, but all of that time in between will be filled at the whim of the staff. We will no longer force ourselves to fill time slots and will instead adopt a "Stream when you feel like it" mentality. Yes, this means you may go a week without seeing some of our faces. Sometimes we may skip days all together. We will of course continue to keep you informed using Discord and Twitter so we encourage you to stay connected through those channels. We apologize if this upsets anyone but it is something we feel is best for us as a group. We feel it will improve morale and lead to better shows.
Recent efforts to engage the community and earn your support through Twitch and Patreon will continue but we no longer want to use these numbers as a measurement of our success. If you currently support us on Patreon or if you are considering it, we hope that doesn't change and we will continue to look for fun ways of engaging with you. The Revival Club and new Bonus Podcast format is something we are excited to continue producing and we hope it is something that compels many of you to get involved.These initiatives will likely evolve over time but the important thing is that no matter what form they take, we are all having fun.
In the end, we need to get back to basics and eliminate the things that give us grief. Eliminate things that don't serve the ultimate goal of fostering a stress-free community where we can come together to talk about Video Games. So in the interest of doing just that, we ask that you stick with us, continue to engage with us in Discord, continue to support us in any way you can, and most importantly, continue to enjoy this podcast that has become such a huge and important part in all of our lives.