One month after leaving Giant Bomb, foundational members Vinny Caravella, Alex Navarro, and Brad Shoemaker have began a new Patreon-supported project generally known as Nextlander, which to date appears to be Giant Bomb in every part however identify. And, shock of all shocks, it already has over 5,000 backers.
“With decades of experience covering and producing content around the game industry, we’ve decided to strike out on our own and produce the kinds of shows and streams we’ve always wanted to make,” Nextlander’s Patreon web page reads, detailing the teams intent to begin a brand new collection of podcasts, Twitch streams, and bonus content material for subscribers.
The trio’s exodus from Giant Bomb over a decade after they’d all individually joined the personality-driven web site naturally raised questions on why. Common hypothesis pinned the blame for these and different high-profile Giant Bomb departures on Red Ventures, the corporate that bought the location and a slew of different media retailers from CBS Interactive in September 2020.
Caravella appeared to aim to squash this line of thought by calling the acquisition “really great” throughout a May 6 send-off on the Giant Beastcast.
“I have not been at Red Ventures long enough to even know what they’re like as a company,” Caravella stated on the time. “I can’t converse to that. I do know they’ve given Giant Bomb consideration and thought that it has not had in a very long time. And I believe that’s necessary.”
Nextlander’s reveal as we speak was met with enthusiastic help, not solely from common followers of Caravella, Navarro, and Shoemaker’s work at Giant Bomb but additionally their friends in gaming media. The group has already launched a debut podcast episode introducing everybody to the undertaking and plan to have an inaugural stream on their new Twitch channel later as we speak.