While it is true that Pixonic does a ton of content contests through its YouTubers and other providers (such as Pinceladas Graficas), the truth of the matter is that the company isn’t yet maximizing its potential when it comes to leveraging the game content it has. UPDATE: they have started to branch out through their tournament series. Thank goodness!
The Iron War is a good source of stories and fiction – look no further than this blog to have an idea of the colorful and amazing fanfiction content that is tied to the War Robots universe.
I’m pretty sure that some of the community managers of Pixonic are reading blogs such as this, so I’ll just repeat some of the points that I’ve mentioned earlier:
- With the revenue and profits that Pixonic has, one would wonder why they haven’t explored doing tournaments with cash prize money and that are totally controlled by themselves. This would attract a lot of players – and yes, this will be an incentive for many of the top clans to keep playing this game at a top level. UPDATE: No cash prize pool, but well-organized tournaments have started to pop up, with massive in-game prizes and actual casters.
- As mentioned, while they support content on YouTube through their accounts, incentives and other stuff, they haven’t been that active when it comes to written and graphical content. Within the space of one year and four months, I only saw one writing competition and one graphics competition that has been done by the company. I didn’t see Pixonic feature written posts on their FB page, apart from their official news. Nothing. Zero.
- Whatever written content or drawing content that people create – does not need to be featured on the main WR site. Why not make something like Games Workshop’s Black Library, where all the lore can be put on paper and/or digital form and make a subculture out of it? Why not make writing contests that give away cash, merchandise or at the very least – robots and/or new weapons? A bimonthly, quarterly or even a competition that happens every four months (a trimester?) would be a wonderful way to get the best stories and/or essays out of the minds of the thinking and writing class of the War Robots community.
- Why not support the model makers, the painters, the creatives, the websites and the people who try to cover War Robots? At least acknowledge them in one way or another maybe? UPDATE: It has started, but still no love for the websites and written content. Maybe invite them to a party with other WR fans and have stories and other things?
If War Robots wants to survive beyond the next few years, it must find a way to immortalize its universe and make sure that there will always be an active community even if the game dies – after all, Pixonic (and mail.ru, by extension), would surely love to create a new version of War Robots – the worst case scenario for Pixonic (and frankly, for many of us as well), is that one of its challengers (Robokrieg, Mech Wars, Battle of Titans and Robot Warfare) would get a break and kick it out of the premier “mobile mech gaming” spot on Android.
There is no other way to do it than creating a War Robots culture – after all, when the game’s all said and done, those memories that are written somewhere would remain intact.
[To be fair though, Pixonic has never, ever, ever went hardcore when it comes to use of their content (i.e. names of robots, pictures, other media, etc.) This is one of the best things about Pixonic actually, in my many months of experience dealing with their community liaisons: They are rather flexible and they show a lot of understanding, though whether this results to action at the corporate levels of Pixonic is a vastly different matter, as previous experience shows. And yes, as a sort of disclaimer, I was actually one of the winners of the WR writing tournament last year – thus, I know some people in Pixonic for real (and I got some Dragoons/Redeemers and Bulwarks for review a few years ago – that’s pretty much it though). However, this does not mean that this post represents their ideas and opinions.]
I really wish that the Iron War would become a thing in our hearts and minds in the future.
Hi guys, I’m Dreamslayer28 and I’ve been playing and writing about War Robots for around three years now.
Some of you might know me from Six-Pack or from elsewhere. Most of you don’t. But I’m sure that a good number of you have seen this website.
I just wanted to ask why Pixonic does not show love for its written content creators when it can support its YouTubers monetarily (or otherwise, with its new YouTube Creator program), show love and support for its graphic creators on Facebook and reply to all their messages on Discord and other social media.
To be fair, they did tried to engage us back in 2017 and even allowed us to have articles posted on the main War Robots page. I don’t know what the exact numbers are, but I remember one of my articles regarding WR as an esports title getting a ton of attention from the wider community. But afterwards, they did not seem to care anymore. (DISCLOSURE: We had a Discord channel with the community managers, but we lost that channel after hearing too many complaints from the writers’ community in general).
Nowadays, there’s nothing, na-da, not even a mention on the War Robots FB page. To be fair, the only other active website doing WR content as far as I know is War Robots University (and the Wiki/the WR forums plus this Reddit, to a certain extent).
Even Mech Spectrum, which was handled by well-respected veterans in WR, is already dead – never to come back again as its staff went to other greener (and way more profitable/collaborative/fulfilling) pastures.
In addition, the mods on this Reddit show love to good posts from time to time (shoutouts to you guys for making this reddit into a very conducive place for discussion), but other than that, there’s no support whatsoever from Pixonic.
I didn’t want to go into other mobile mech titles to make comparisons, but a quick glance at the Mech Battle FB page and multiple other titles out there shows how much love they are pouring for their written content creators (yes, yours truly is among one of them). If not, the official account will message you and say thank you for your content and helping keep interest in (XXX) game.
Is it too much for Pixonic to show love for its writers for once?
Is it too much for Pixonic to make writing giveaways?
Where is the promise of Pixonic creating a conducive community, an ecosystem where its content creators can thrive? Are we not part of that ecosystem too? Or are we just nothing but “numbers” to be ignored?
I have these questions and I don’t know if I can find answers, but I just wanted to point these things out and put them out of my mind.