Introducing Rooster Teeth FIRST

FIRST Member Vlog: Introducing Rooster Teeth FIRST

Rooster Teeth Sponsorship has a new name, more options, and more awesomeness.


Find out more details in Matt’s journal: http://roosterteeth.com/post/51272680

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  • RvBCaboose42

    9 months ago

    Wait, can someone explain if this means that all content that used to be "sponsored" will eventually be free? It would be pretty confusing, since that's what the name "First" implies to me; you pay to see stuff earlier, and then later everyone else gets to watch it right?

    • ChaoticPaper

      9 months ago

      For most shows, afaik First members get to see it first

  • DamnedEyez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sam Hall

    9 months ago

    Makes sense.... "sponsor" makes it sound like you're begin supported and you don't want to give the idea you owe anyone anything. First fits in line with the more exclusive nature and focus the company has been moving towards.

  • Almighty_K FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Pun Lord

    9 months ago

    So I guess that "Sponsor Cut" is becoming the "First Place" right?

    • TooFiveFive FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 0 VAC bans on record

      6 months ago

      lol

  • Sibanamush FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    next up : First world.

  • LordMannix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Benjamin Mannix

    9 months ago

    But did you guys consider the indisputable fact that "first is the worst"?

    On a serious note, I can see why there was a name change. Before I was familiar with roosterteeth "Sponsor" was a rather confusing/misleading term. "First" comes off as more direct with its intention.

  • SolisD FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Wet Dreamer

    9 months ago

    i mean the name itself is meh. If you're gonna have double gold it seems like having the tier below be gold would make sense. Whatever, I don't really care. After all ITS JUST A FUCKING NAME.

  • sylan0 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    To be completely honest I don't fully understand the name change... Because of the way it has been going lately. Yes when I first signed up for the program it was about getting more, and most notably about getting to see videos first (and of course supporting content I enjoyed), but more recently it's evolved into seeing videos first really being the smallest of the benefits of that investment.


    With more shows like Day 5, Docs and post shows coming out that are currently only for "sponsors", saying they're only for "firsts" to me seems like it's going to be even more confusing and result in even more people saying, oh firsts get this first, but we still get it later. While I don't think the idea of a name change is bad, I do think this choice of new name will cause a lot more confusion than it will ever clear up.


    Overall I don't really care, it isn't going to stop me from happily supporting you whenever paypal tells me it's time to give you more money, but I don't necessarily think it's the right word.

  • jimfaindel

    9 months ago

    It is great that you are listening to us. Now please make this about just being first to reach the content and end all the exclusivity nonsense, or make stuff for first members available for the public after a certain amount of time. RT docs shouldn't be gated, nor should Day 5!

  • Sbdruitt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    Personally prefer 'Sponsor' but oh well it doesn't change too much :]

  • NeedTheFriction FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    I can already see the hundreds of comments saying "First" when this hits youtube, as if there wasn't enough.

  • ZykBRooster FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    The terms sponsor and sponsorship are confusing to our audience, so today we're announcing the first annual Rooster Teeth Dictionary Day, which will be broadcast live from RTX and feature the voice talent of Rooster Teeth reading aloud their favorite moments from the popular series, Webster's Dictionary. Check out RTX July 1st - 4th at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX or watch RTXLive on Twitch!

    • Kalilaila FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Chaos Light

      9 months ago

      To be fair, on most sites sponsorship these days is tied to getting rid of ads and the like.

  • TuanTran1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    I felt cool already being a sponsor. I feel even cooler being one among the Firsts.

  • koroxus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    i can dig it

  • kouryuu524 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    Does this effect the grandfathered sponsorships at all?

  • Authentic_Flan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Simple Tom

    9 months ago

    There was this one German dude back in like the 30s and 40s who was absolutely CRAZY about gold stars, guy loved putting them on all his friends.

    • TubaMatt Musician

      9 months ago

      Oh, I think I know who you're talking about. He worked at Funhaus, right?

  • MacroMac FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    Lol, too many people complained and now their doing something silly with the name, it's so RT of them.

  • NJKrug FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keebler

    9 months ago

    This sounded good at first but when you realize all the changes that are explained in the actual post, it sounds less like RT making community/fan decisions and more like the company starting to go in a business/corporate decision making direction. I was soo happy for how RT was growing and becoming better but now it seems to be going the wrong direction. ='(

    • korbitr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Roller of Ones

      9 months ago

      Jeez, stop being so dramatic. All it is is a name change, slightly higher pricing for new "Firsters", and a new tier with some pretty cool perks. Also, what's wrong with making good business decisions? As long as my money is being used for awesome content for us, then I'm fine with it...

    • SolisD FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Wet Dreamer

      9 months ago

      @korbitr fucking thank you. The comments on matts journal are sooo ridiculously dramatic. Also just noticed some people have gone through this video and downvoted everyone being positive. Idk why this community can be so hostile towards the tiniest of changes

  • MrOmaly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold POOSYROBOT

    9 months ago

    derb

  • Javakeefe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Odd One

    9 months ago

    Sweet! Thanks dudes! Ya cool!!!!

  • Vanilarubbernuts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RiddleMeThisBitch

    9 months ago

    "First" makes no sense, if people arent educated enough to undertand the word "sponsor" thats their own fault...

    • johleii FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 months ago

      Not gonna defend people with comprehension issues on the word "sponsor" but to me it sounds like they're going for a term that indicates some benefits by supporting them through direct payment. Being a sponsor is often used in relation to marketing thus does not translate well to the concept RT uses (not just donations based on good-will as we receive benefits).


      I suppose it also forces people new to the RT family to think "RT first? what the heck is that?" and then do a brief check. However whether or not its a bit convoluted to call it "RT first" compared to member+ or whatever remains to be seen but I do understand the change.

  • Wagstaff FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    This change is dumb and I think the new name is more confusing but it's not going to stop me paying.

  • daniel_nye FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Fan Service Server

    9 months ago

    You got this from Hobbie, didnt you?

  • fondueit FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ODU Monarch

    9 months ago

    It makes sense for the program to be called RT First, but what are the people who are members of it called? Firsts?

    • amidja16 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 months ago

      I do believe Barbara has christened us Firsties.

    • korbitr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Roller of Ones

      9 months ago

      "First Members"? That's a more professional way; "Firsties" seems a little childish...

    • AvalanChief FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 months ago

      I would love "ickle firsties" like Peeves the Poltergeist

  • CJtheDamned FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    Okay? I don't really care either way but I'm not sure why this neded a video announcement about it?

  • DABLASTER FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    I don't understand some of the complaining, you are still supporting them with the exact same amount of money. It's only a name change, chill.

    • angelwolf13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sponsor

      9 months ago

      It's not just all of us complaining. It's trying to understand why? The reasoning for changing it from "sponsor" is that it was 'confusing'. Guess what? "First" is even more confusing. And the other thing is, not everyone is going to be supporting with the same amount of money. Because I'm not fully sure to how it works if something goes wrong with the grandfathered in or great grandfathered in payments. Because Rooster Teeth could be a good guy and say no worries as the payment is fixed, or they can be a bad guy and say too bad pay this hiked up price. Because in this video it didn't mention the price changes not the new "Double Gold" payment plan.


      And the other hand, the reasoning because it was "confusing" and that this video was supposed to create a nostalgia trip with a security blanket of having original founders telling us this change gives people a real red flag. Saying it was a change to be "focused on the community" doesn't reflect any of that other than we're an internet meme of people commenting on freshly uploaded videos with a single word to claim some sort of worthless gratification of being earliest in the comment section.


      The biggest complaint isn't because it was a name change, it's because it's not a good change, because what it will become is something that has less understanding to what it means to be a sponsor of rooster teeth.

  • iTzCrazyDan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    So instead of people saying:
    "Become a sponsor on the Roosterteeth website" they'll say...

    "Become a First on the RoosterTeeth site"

    Yeah that makes way more sense than sponsor... Very Silly change IMO.

  • RaptorCakes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    Well I'm glad that I became a sponsor today so that I can find out that I will no longer be a sponsor xD

  • MadSleepy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    Sorta glad they didn't go with Cockbites.

    • Vasya

      9 months ago

      I'd love "RoosterTits"

  • Majorclay FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    I'm still gonna call it sponsor...I feel like a idiot saying "I'm a Rooster Teeth first."

  • RazgrizRaptor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    not sure why the name change, didn't see a reason for it and it seems like something that probably got a cheeky "first" message. however it's amusing to me since this is the first online subscription I ever made.

  • Jayylexx

    9 months ago

    you guys do realize they named it first because on the very first video they uploaded. The first comment they were excited about only said "First". It's been talked about time after time. It may be pointless to you guys but this literally doesn't change much. It's their company they can do what they want.

  • supercowtipper FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    Why cant you just tell us the truth, things were working fine it seemed before all this Fullscreen meddling, that you are being pressured to bring in more money for them. Disappointing more and more every day. Wasting time on such trivial crap.

  • Jollynbit

    9 months ago

    what a pointless change. i dont think ANYONE was confused on the word Sponsor. And if anyone WAS, it would have taken about 10 seconds to click on the words "become a sponsor" and read a sentence or two. all this effort to actually make people confused now.


    what's more confusing?:

    Im an RT Sponsor

    or

    Im an RT First

  • sky_r_rose FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    please add a *nifty* mod option

  • Jack_Spartan

    9 months ago

    More payment methods please!

  • PinkPortrait FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 2nd greatest hurler EVER

    9 months ago

    I really dislike it. First is mundane to me.


    Nevertheless will not change me sponsoring.

    • TubaMatt Musician

      9 months ago

      I believe that you mean "firsting".

  • angelwolf13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sponsor

    9 months ago

    So I'm not a huge fan of the name change, but really it's their decision and it's not a huge deal.


    I'll explain why I'm not for it.

    To start it makes less sense than the current name. I don't see how the current name "sponsor" is confusing as it is essentially you sponsoring rooster teeth and get rewards for doing so. The name "first" feels like the stupid internet thing people try to do on internet videos that are just uploaded from people they like, and the name doesn't seem to fit anything other than seeing the videos before other people who don't pay.

    Next, it doesn't sound right. What I mean by that "RT Sponsor," sounds nicely when read and said out loud, "RT First" or "Rooster Teeth First" sound pretentious and does not flow as well. Two syllable names sound the best, "spon-sor" versus "first". Back to the pretentious comment, when saying "Rooster Teeth First" it sounds as if RT is most important thing at that moment. The phrasing sounds like a teenager staring at a computer screen and their mom saying "do your homework" and they half attentively answering "Rooster Teeth First," and then going on to ignore their mom.

    Another point to make, what do the currently called "sponsors" be called? In Matt's journal, he made remark of Barbara's reaffirmation of "firsties" while the comments of this video refer as "firsters". Neither of which are good choices, nor sound right. Honestly, they sound a bit childish, and the latter has high Freudian-slip potential. Though the latter Freudian-slip potential is on par to some of RT's humor, it does not reflect well. The current standing is the "Rooster Teeth Sponsorship" makes sense when the people who pay for it are "sponsors" to which is an actual word and reflects some professionalism, gives the more mature sound, is much easier to say, and less likely to cause division in how one is to be referred to.

    The name change from "Rooster Teeth Sponsorship/Sponsor" to "Rooster Teeth First" is not a good one. It actually might create more confusion than the previous, it is pretentious and awful sounding, and the reference to those who actively pay do not have a good nor solid way to be referred to. Although the fact I don't find it a good switch, ultimately it is/was Rooster Teeth's choice to re-brand, of which I shall respect...somewhat.



    I'm highly curious to what the other possible names could've been that they came to the conclusion this was the best option. A possible better option would've consulted with members of the site (not twitter or other social media) to see their opinions as to some options that have been chosen as best possible renames from that list. However that would cause a lot of trouble, but the current "here it is and accept it" approach seems to have left it at a sub-par conclusion. It would've been fine to keep as is since there are many people already understood the current name, and those who didn't have an excellent "FAQ" to explain what it is already.

    I did not expect to write so much

    • CatchPhraze

      9 months ago

      It's so they can take sponsor content and roll it out on youtube for the view money. It's w.e it's their content but this is a pretty thinly veiled way to explain the switch.

      Exg. Sponsor only content, will now just be "Rooster teeth First" meaning that eveuntaly down they line they'll announce we'll get it ahead of time like we've always done but it won't be exclusive. (its just a "clever" way) to weed out the benfit.

      I don't personaly care, I think that Day 5 and Theater Mode are great content and will do well and will promote RT, but it would of been cool to just come out with it honestly instead of trying to make micro-transitions and hope nobody notices.



  • korbitr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Roller of Ones

    9 months ago

    Every time I see "First" I see "Fist"...

  • lilithknightingale

    9 months ago

    so its just a name change and allot of that content is still never going to open of the the free people

    • Steelerfan65

      9 months ago

      The vast majority of Rooster Teeth content is available to everyone after only a couple of days. Until recently almost everything was open to regular members, they just got it a day later. According to the video it will continue to be that way too. There are only like 4 projects I can name off the top of my head that are Sponsor Only out of the hundreds or thousands Rooster Teeth has released.

  • Pfweaver FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    I'll be honest, when I heard the name I started to think this was an RT Short.

    • dunjma FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 months ago

      Yep, so did I. it was like this light bulb moment of "Oh, it's a joke! I get it.." and then "wait.. no? not a joke?" Not like it really matters what it's called.

  • temporarilylace FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    I guess I don't really care what we're called as long as the benefits of being a "firster" is the same as a sponsor.

  • bilboswaggings FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    9 months ago

    So now instead of sponsor im first regardless of if i wasnt the first to watch and commen

  • SkilledWar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    I thought they were gonna introduce a new tier above sponsor. i've never been happier to be an idiot.

    • korbitr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Roller of Ones

      9 months ago

      They are. Read Matt's journal.

    • angelwolf13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sponsor

      9 months ago

      Actually if you clicked the link in the description to Matt's Journal there is a tier above sponsor called "Double Gold"

  • SwordsmanJeb FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    First! Who here has seen that wonderful site meme?

  • Solet FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    i think sponsors should be cock-bites and non-sponors can be little-cock bites ^_^

  • Jessieatscheese FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    I don't care what I'm referred to as - sponsor, "first-er?", personwhopaystowatchstuff, so long as I still get all the cool perks! Doesn't bother me. :)

  • GreyGhost9036 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Angry Beaver

    10 months ago

    Well I guess I can now say I'm Gus's first, and Joels first and Gavin's first and matts first and geoffs first. Yeah I'm just a big slut. But so are all of you =) We were all their first together.

  • beastdude FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Rock god in training

    10 months ago

    So, will the word 'sponsor' at the top of the site be changed to 'first', or will it stay the same?

  • RichardHenni FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    kinda highlighting who their targeted age group is with this one. Listen, you can call it anything you want to. Call it the Magical Pony Guild and I'm cool with it. We all know we are sponsors tho.

  • dazza241 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    so now i am a RoosterTeeth First... doesn't quite roll of the tongue,

    though i can live with it