YouTuber Jason Yevgeniy Gastrow, better known as Videogamedunkey or simply Dunkey, has announced the launch of his indie publishing house Bigmode.
Gastrow has been a YouTuber for over a decade and his channel currently has seven million subscribers and billions of views. In the video Bigmode announced, he explained that his experience as a YouTuber gives him an understanding of the kinds of games players want, with the publishing label striving to be as developer-friendly as possible.
“I’ve been on YouTube for 11 years now and one of the core themes of my channel has always been to throw soulless money grabs in the trash and lift and praise the truly inspired artworks in this medium,” Gastrow said. “For years and years I’ve always been looking for the very best indie games out there and trying to do them justice, by focusing millions of eyes on the games that really deserve attention.”
He added that Bigmode, which he co-founded with his wife, YouTuber Leah ‘Leahbee’ Gastrow, will be a “harmonious continuation” of his own channel.
“Me and Leah are not just the face of this company; we are the company,” he continued. “This is our vision and our #1 priority is to publish some of the very best games out there. In today’s indie landscape, buying a game can be like buying a loot chest in Counter-Strike: you don’t know what you’re getting. you’re going to get, but you’ll probably be sad.
“A lot of games out there understand how to mimic the look of your favorite games, but don’t deliver where it really counts. A lot of the real games out there are drowned out in a sea of mediocrity. You need someone who can help you are seen.”
Gastrow adds that he isn’t looking for creative control through Bigmode, but does want to be involved in the development.
“I understand what kinds of ideas always work, what ideas never work, what ideas are fresh or coming back, and what gets played out to the extreme,” he added. “I’m putting a lot of effort into this video, but Bigmode is all about building the games and the developers. We’ve put a lot of effort into making the most developer-friendly contracts possible. I think we’re going to bring insane value to bring them to the table and it comes down to help good games succeed and help them continue to succeed in the future.”
Developers can already contact them to submit their games, with Bigmode clarifying that it does not “accept games that use NFTs, crypto or blockchain”.