There’s been a lot of talk in recent days about the financial viability of game journalism – every day, more and more journalists are turning to Patreon as an alternative means of funding. This has inevitably led to cries that the system is broken. Well known figures such as Brendan Keogh or Leigh Alexander have said that “good” journalists aren’t earning a decent living, and that more must be done to fix this.
But these people are wrong: the system is not broken. “Good” journalists do earn decently. “Bad” journalists don’t. Let’s explore this.