Shroud of the Avatar talks about the first phase of its streamer rewards program

    
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Shroud of the Avatar is keen to reward its streamers, so for those who are eager to join the game’s streamer rewards program and get those rewards, the most recent newsletter has some information that you’ll want to know.

The first phase of SOTA’s streamer rewards program is pretty simple overall: Interested broadcasters will need adhere to a ToS and community rules as well as reach out to Laney via in-game mail or in a private message on the forums with their character name and Twitch channel information. After that, included streamers will need to stream at least 10 hours of active SotA gameplay per month in order to be eligible for rewards and to continue accruing rewards, and must meet those minimums for 60 days after applying.

What sort of rewards, you might ask? Offerings will be added every six months as the program rolls on, but for now streamers will get a Streamer’s Cloak, a Streamer’s Camera, and a brand-new “Livestreaming” title. There are a couple of other details to note, so it may be worth the time of any potential applicants to read the full post.

Longtime MOP readers will know that Shroud of the Avatar is a controversial game in the MMO space. Kickstarted in 2013, the game and its original studio have been criticized for cuts, stunts, delays, corporate shenanigans, and neglecting SEC filings legally required by the game’s equity crowdfunding. Last year, Richard Garriott’s Portalarium sold off SOTA to its lead dev and all but exited the game. Press inquires have repeatedly been met with stonewalling and insults, and investors have been abandoned, but the game does still have players and is still being developed, as we continue to cover.
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Wesleypipes77

I don’t have a problem with games I’ve previously paid for going F2P in order to stay alive per say. But I have a huge problem when they do so in the manner SOTA did with a big “Fuck you, we got nothing for ya” that the devs gave to all it’s backers. Scam of the Avatar……. I just wish someone would release a proper spiritual successor to Ultima Online already instead of all the half baked money grabs and projects that never really get off the ground. There is a market practically screaming for it.

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Narficus

But the devs DO have plenty to offer and add more all the time!

Tons more!

What, you expected a game to go with this banana republic simulator? You’re just not seeing the vision and how well it is getting better. The gold attenuation and lottery loot is all to preserve the economy.

And everyone needs to see the random lottery grindathon being streamed!

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Narficus

I don’t know what happened to my previous tongue-in-cheek reply about how the devs DO have plenty for players [link to POT prices in the thousands of dollars and MOP article about the fugly $7k+ Lord of the Isles White Brick Winchester House].

But you’re right, as right now even those who have spent OVER $150k on this game – yes, more than the Star Citizen whale stories – are now saying even SotA’s loot is stingy and reducing the player numbers while publicly begging the developers to fix it. (Hoping this link is okay.) I’m sure Catnip believes they are doing the right thing, but it seems fewer and fewer players are convinced about this as time goes by. Some like kaeshiva have tried so much and gotten so little in return that they’ve left the game.

Catnip is doing the streamer thingy in the article to show off this state of the game, but what good is the company’s own stream when they aren’t paying attention to their paying players? It seems a bit unlikely that anyone streaming would not mention the state of what they are streaming.

“Whoo-hoo! Another rusty spoon!”

[Warps back to STO to set path to next part of daily patrol.]

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Point_of_noReturn

I don’t see anything in the full post that would make anyone want to stream this garbage. Sota doesn’t even reward their players with a decent game, how do you think they would attract people to stream it.

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Bruno Brito

Streaming this game must be a great way of killing your career.

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Ragemaster9999

This game is a running joke at this point. Can’t wait till it sunsets

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Narficus

But why?

This is what is being worked on instead of anything that would actually bring players to the game, such as actual Steam Wallet support. All those stacks of F2P Steam Community Moneys are going to other games. Maintaining this will just add to the overhead Catnip are already stretched thin trying to cover. Their API was left broken for weeks, which in turn was breaking mods, and they were busy doing this? Wow.

What streamer outside the handful who already do would want to do this? Anyone who has checked out SotA’s Twitch stats would know that this game isn’t going to grow your channel. This is a game that is in no threat of breaking 2-digit viewer numbers ever again.

Oh, and if you DO make the mistake of talking about how to make your channel grow outside of promoting SotA, you might join previous streamers and get banned from the game by Chris. Yes, while you’re getting pittance for “advertising” SotA to a dozen viewers at best, you’re expected to follow their community morality clauses.

Any takers?