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(YouTube)   Like toothpaste and orange juice, Minty Maniacs and O'Rangers have left a bad taste in their competitors' mouths by sweeping all four ML2020 events to date. Perhaps the Long Jump will cleanse the palate. 4:15 ET/1:15 PT, it's Jelle's Marble Runs   (youtube.com) divider line
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2020-07-12 6:11:55 PM  
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The Third Man: The qualifiers did go by really fast this year.  In years past they were a multi-week event, but this time they bunched all the qualifying events into a 20-minute video.  From what I understand JMR was having financial trouble and wasn't sure if they'd be able to produce ML2020 at all (YouTube has really cut its payouts this year).  Then when Last Week Tonight came in with their sponsorship they had to scramble to get ML2020 up and running, which meant they didn't have a lot of time to spend on the qualifiers.  I don't know if that meant some teams got "lucky" or what, but, yeah, some of the teams that did well in qualifiers are struggling in the main event.


Wait...wait....wait..."financial trouble"? I mean I know people gotta eat but how much do a few bags of marbles, some plastic track, non-clumping sand and a few cheap cameras cost? Not like he has to go buy new stuff every video.  Now, if he did this as a side thing and Jelle's main job laid them off, then that's one thing. But if all they were banking on was income from marble videos....not a great plan. Would explain the expanded merch push though (or they could have already had that planned before the world went to crap as I know that pain. Boy, I know that pain).

*pretty much just taking the "it's just marbles" side on this thread but I love the videos and the people who do them make some fine mindless entertainment you can actually get sucked into caring about. Hopefully they do well enough to keep it going. Hmmm, maybe we could all chip in and sponsor a "Fark.com" marble league or something one year....
 
2020-07-12 10:59:17 PM  
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Good breakdown of the Pinkies here:

The Pinkies: Not in the Pink of Health
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2020-07-12 7:39:55 PM  
1 vote:

isamudyson: The Third Man: The qualifiers did go by really fast this year.  In years past they were a multi-week event, but this time they bunched all the qualifying events into a 20-minute video.  From what I understand JMR was having financial trouble and wasn't sure if they'd be able to produce ML2020 at all (YouTube has really cut its payouts this year).  Then when Last Week Tonight came in with their sponsorship they had to scramble to get ML2020 up and running, which meant they didn't have a lot of time to spend on the qualifiers.  I don't know if that meant some teams got "lucky" or what, but, yeah, some of the teams that did well in qualifiers are struggling in the main event.

Wait...wait....wait..."financial trouble"? I mean I know people gotta eat but how much do a few bags of marbles, some plastic track, non-clumping sand and a few cheap cameras cost? Not like he has to go buy new stuff every video.  Now, if he did this as a side thing and Jelle's main job laid them off, then that's one thing. But if all they were banking on was income from marble videos....not a great plan. Would explain the expanded merch push though (or they could have already had that planned before the world went to crap as I know that pain. Boy, I know that pain).

*pretty much just taking the "it's just marbles" side on this thread but I love the videos and the people who do them make some fine mindless entertainment you can actually get sucked into caring about. Hopefully they do well enough to keep it going. Hmmm, maybe we could all chip in and sponsor a "Fark.com" marble league or something one year....


The camera setups are apparently pretty expensive.  But from what I understand it's compensating everybody else for their time that's the main expense...I think there are around 10 people involved as getting everything set up down to the millimeter does take some time.  And YouTube really cut their payments this year once COVID-19 hit, as I mentioned.  From personal experience as a consultant, when your contracts get cut it's easy to say from the outside, "well, surely you can just take that hit."  But if you've already budgeted for the year (or you were under last year and hoped to recover), it's not that easy to rearrange your finances.
 
2020-07-12 6:33:34 PM  
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Go Ducks! ♫
 
2020-07-12 5:04:59 PM  
1 vote:
Crazy Cats Eyes are my boys! Go CCE!
 
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