Nibelion has been one of the most prolific sources of video game news on Twitter. They have become industries’ biggest gaming companies, with over 500,000 followers.
After Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition, Nibel announced closing its account.
In recent months Nibel launched a Patreon to help fund his Twitter posting, citing issues with his professional life. Despite backing from some of the industry’s most recognizable figures, such as The Game Awards founder Geoff Keighley. On Monday, Nibel said that he had not raised enough to make running the account sustainable.
At the time of publishing, Nibel’s Twitter account has been locked, and a message on his Patreon claims-paying users will be refunded where possible.
“Today, I will move on from both Twitter and Patreon. There won’t be any games coverage from me on either platform,” Nibel wrote in a Patreon update.
“I’ve learned a lot in a short period of time. Unfortunately, I was not able to create an interesting and sustainable Patreon which is evident in the number of Patrons stagnating during the first weekend and the first (of many) pledges being deleted during the first week.
“I have miscalculated the value of my Twitter activity and realize that it is nothing worth supporting by itself for the vast majority of people. It is not me who is popular, but it is that work that is useful. It is not valuable by itself, but a comfortable timesaver, and I get that now.
“I was unable to create a reliable revenue stream, but l’m still happy I gave it a shot. And I want to thank everybody on here who gave me a shot as well. I’ll look into refunds for recent payments, have already deactivated the billing and will likely close this page this week.”
Why Did He Leave?
The acquisition of Twitter by billionaire Elon Musk was a significant factor. Nibel reportedly revealed in a post that they would be leaving Twitter as they could not generate enough revenue from the account to justify the time spent running it. Nibel wrote that they were “unable to create an interesting and sustainable Patreon” and a “reliable revenue stream.” So, they decided to leave.
People are devastated by the news.
@videotech wrote on Twitter, ” Oh man… This is a huge loss to the platform. Thank you for everything”.