Yogscast co-owner Lewis Brindley makes a post on Reddit saying he disagrees with the way Winterkewl Games is handling the Yogventures project. He says he regrets trusting them without verifying that they are capable of making such a large game:
I would just like to say that this project was started when The Yogscast was just me and Simon making videos out of our bedrooms. We met Kris and trusted his qualifications and assertions that we could trust him with our brand and even more importantly, our audience. Needless to say, I’m upset and embarrassed, but strongly believe the backers will end up getting far more value and a far better result than they originally anticipated when they backed this project.
Winterkewl Games ends development of the Yogscast-themed game Yogventures, which is funded by a $570,000 Kickstarter project. People with pre-orders are compensated with a free copy of TUG, another indie game. The developers of TUG say they plan to create in-game rewards similar to the ones promised by the Yogventures Kickstarter campaign. The Yogscast issues a statement to Eurogamer:
The failure of Yogventures is a matter of deep regret for the Yogscast, we put a lot of faith in the developer Winterkewl, including allowing them to use our likenesses and brand. However the project was too vast in scope to be realised and despite a huge amount of hard work from Winterkewl they have had to abandon it.
Yogscast member Mark Turpin makes a Reddit post announcing YogDiscovery, a new plan for Yogscast members to get paid by game developers to cover their games. The developers agree to give them a small portion of the extra revenue driven by the Yogscast if they make videos about their game. He says this is a way for YouTubers to guarantee income from covering unpopular games:
Our entertainers earn a livelihood from advertising directly based on how many views they get. This motivates them to create content around games that are popular – e.g. Minecraft or Garry’s Mod…YogDiscovery allows them to partially negate the financial risk from playing games that aren’t guaranteed views and be more genuine about playing the games they want to play.
The Yogscast is voted the winner of the Golden Joystick YouTube Gamer Award for the second year in a row. Mark “Turpster” Turpin, a member of the Yogscast, hosts a question and answer session at the ceremony.
The Yogscast wins the 2012 Golden Joystick award in the Youtube Gamer of the Year category. The award is decided by votes on the Golden Joystick website.
The Yogscast becomes the first YouTube channel in the UK to reach one billion total video views.
The Yogscast responds to allegations by Notch that they behave inappropriately at Minecon 2011:
We are very disappointed by these tweets from someone we admire and respect. We can understand that it was the morning after the deadmau5 party and Notch was very tired, but we are still fairly upset. The quotes and actions that Notch attributed to us were not said by us or published anywhere by us.
The Yogscast releases a video saying that “he was very tired . . . so we can let him off for that.”
Notch accuses the Yogscast YouTube duo of being rude to kids at Minecon 2011 and acting like they are better than the other speakers at the event:
The Yogscast does not have time to respond immediately: