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The Fine Young Capitalists Funded With 4chan’s Aid

Stephen Welsh

Stephen Welsh

Stephen (or Steve(or Tojeka Steve)) is a kind young man who cares more about games, fiction, sleep and chicken than is probably healthy.
Stephen Welsh

 

The author of this article has contributed $5 USD to the crowdfunding campaign this piece focuses on. The writer is merely a backer at the lowest tier and has never been in personal contact with any of the relevant parties.

GamesNosh previously reported a little over 2 weeks ago on the crowdfunding campaign being run by a group known as The Fine Young Capitalists. For a minimum funding of $65000 USD, they will work to help a woman make her own video game idea a reality and pay her 8% of every dollar her game earns. The remaining 92% goes back to charity. Today, one month after the campaign started, backers raised enough to fund the project.

TFYC have not had the smoothest of funding campaigns: they were the target of intense criticism by a certain high-profile woman in the indie scene; their head’s personal details were leaked by detractors; their Indiegogo page was hacked and deleted; and due to their association with the GamerGate movement, no major gaming news outlets reported on, or even acknowledged their cause. In the wake of all of these setbacks, most of the project’s exposure came from GamerGate supporters, especially from numerous anonymous (or otherwise) users from 4chan.org’s video games board, /v/. According to official word from TFYC, contributions made from users of /v/ surpassed $23,000 through a specified referral link to the campaign page. The imageboard’s community were collectively given the top backer reward of having an original character design appear in the campaign’s finished game. With this much money, /v/ could have created as many as 11 characters for the game, but they agreed to pool their efforts into creating a single character.

Vivian James was the result of the wave of 4chan donations, representing /v/’s collective culture and identity as gamers. Characterised as a youthful girl drained of energy, yet endlessly engaged with her one true passion of videogaming; Vivian has become a mascot for the GamerGate crusade on /v/. The character of Vivian James also symbolises the opposition the movement bears toward the lies and hypocrisy currently being exposed within the gaming scene. Opponents of GamerGate argued that Vivian originated from /v/’s spite toward the developer who started the initial controversies behind GamerGate as well as the hardships of TFYC. If that were the case, and 4chan were the misogynists many claim them to be, I don’t believe they would have thrown so much support behind this project. After all, they went so far as to ask TFYC to create a series of videos to explore important, yet overlooked women in the gaming industry. There is one main point to make about 4chan’s support: It shows that their community is too large and diverse for anyone to predict their actions. Even if their stated objectives include striving to ‘chemo butthurt,’ they can still accomplish a goal they see as a fight for the greater good.

Following their success, Mattew Rappard of The Fine Young Capitalists created a list of those he wished to give thanks to. The fundraising campaign will continue until September 27th, and you can visit http://www.thefineyoungcapitalists.com/Voting to vote for your favorite of the 5 final concepts.

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Stephen (or Steve(or Tojeka Steve)) is a kind young man who cares more about games, fiction, sleep and chicken than is probably healthy.

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  • Eugenijus Krenis

    first

    Also, grats!

  • blazingpelt

    Got my vote for Afterlife Empire in the day before /v/’s movement started, and my $5 in just as it was beginning.

  • Congratulations to TFYC, and way to go 4chan for showing that ‘the asshole of the internet’

    is capable of showing more support and compassion –including putting their collective money where their mouth is– for a worthy cause than 90% of the associated gaming press.

  • Mckickasstitties

    You actually put a disclaimer at the top. How come that is so hard for other journalists?

    • 33

      Adding disclaimers would take time away from Twitter.

  • Ano

    Good news everyone ! ! !

  • Lord WinterBerry III

    Thanks for the article.. Grats to TFYC!!!!

  • Arty McBert

    Laughing out loud at the sore losers of the “#gamergateover” and how they arrogantly thought this would all be over in a few days. Go ahead and keep calling everyone who doesn’t agree with you “pissbaby man children”. Do anything that’ll help you sleep at night.

  • Mike Antley

    Open disclosure and honest (hey, 5 stars should be rare) reviews. Still love this site.

  • AnarKreig

    Glad the project got the funds and then some.
    While all of the pitches are interesting and unique, Afterlife Empire appeals to me the most – so I’m hoping that’ll be the title in the making once the votes are in!

  • Kra’ul Sheykhon

    Hurrah for Journalistic Integrity!

  • Mr Stabby

    Your site is leading the way for a brighter future. You should feel proud of what you have accomplished. Keep it up!!!

  • ZackRoyer

    THAT is what I always talked about, people willing to do the difference, not only whinning on twitter and videos, I’m sure looking forward to what they can do.
    Those are people who FIGHT for what they want.

  • Demo-Grafic

    Not only did no major gaming news outlets report on TFYC’s project, there’s rumors (albeit unfounded as of yet) that they outright threatened their reporters’ jobs if any of them dared try to write about it.

    The way that this entire situation played out is exactly the shot in the arm this industry needed. A long-overdue reality check that needed to be delivered the only way the defiant, eye-rolling teenager we call the games reporting industry would respond to….grand embarrassment and repeated pointing out of their rampant hypocrisies.

    You’re doing great, Gamesnosh. Keep it up!

  • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

    GamesNosh restores my hope for humanity. 🙂

  • Mr0303

    B-b-but I thought gamers were stupid evil man children neck beards who are worse than ISIS (an Islaming terrorists state that beheads people)! How is this possible?

    Gamergate will win eventually over these fake no talent parasites and soon we’ll be talking more about Amy Henning, Corrinne Yu and Jade Raymond and less about Chelsea (Zoe Quin – she doesn’t deserve a pseudo name), Anita Sarkeesian and Leigh “The Megaphone” Alexander.

  • TheDynastQueen

    “..and due to their association with the GamerGate movement, no major
    gaming news outlets reported on, or even acknowledged their cause.”

    This is what has bothered me the most and why I came here. For all the claims of wanting to help women in gaming the fact that this campaign from start to finish has been outright ignored speaks volumes. Even if pieces were negative towards the TFYC at least it would be something to acknowledge their existence but that would mean readers would start researching and asking questions about this negativity directly. The mainstream can’t have such backtalk, it would take away from the “Gamers are sexist” narrative so the entire cause is disgustingly ignored.

    I’m glad the “sexist man children and self hating women” continue to out the hypocrisy of the mainstream/SJW. No matter how hard they try to paint us as evil their lack of actually supporting anything but victimhood, demonization and silence will not go unnoticed.

  • Sasha

    Thanks for reporting on TFYC. Very, very few websites did. This will be remembered positively.

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