As you might have noticed, we’ve started to collaborate with the commercial free to play game Gay Harem.
Of course, this game monetizes itself, just like any F2P game does, using in-game currency needed to advance quicker in the game.
We agreed to do a story context or challenge in this collaboration. This is a shorter challenge than usual (just 12 days) and it has some special rules. In return, all participants and the 5 best stories get awarded in-game currency. Details see here: Story Challenge Gay Harem Story Contest - Gay Kinky Stories
You might wonder why we’re doing this. I always promised not to run ad banners on the site, and I stand by that promise. I don’t believe in ads, as they’re a nuisance and they’re blocked by most people anyway. Still, exposure and word-of-mouth are everything, and we, GayKinkyStories are looking to attract a wider audience and become more exposed.
So we both, Gay Harem and us, have something to gain from this collaboration. The game is actually quite good, I’ve spent some time playing it. Of course, it’s built around spending coins, like every F2P game, but the content is surprisingly hot and juicy, too.
I know some of you might have issues with this, and that’s ok. Please use this thread to ask questions and give me your comments.
So most of the stuff i feel about this i summed up under the contest post with the name uuuuggggggggggghhhh (posted there off account because i don’t check the forums often to see this existed and because i’m usually just too lazy to log in) But i’ll repeat some of it here too since this is where it’s supposed to go. I don’t really have that much of a problem with the story contest or that you are doing a collaboration with a mobile game, the site costs money and this helps you make it. totally fine, that’s just life. my problem is that there have been “stories” posted that are literally nothing more than an ad for the game. The one “story” they posted is barely over 300 words and like… nothing happens in it? You chase a guy down a hall and then wake up? I’ve read 100 word stories that had more detail than the one story they posted here.
Which is all just a roundabout way of saying that, at least so far, everything i’ve seen from them has basically felt the same as a banner ad but just not as a banner ad. And that’s what sucks. I don’t like that a mobile game company with a marketing budget can pay you and it’s treated the same as if I were to pay you to promote a story i wrote. It makes the promoted story feature feel just like, generally lesser and tbh it makes me see gay harem in a worse light since it’s now taking up space from content i care about. Especially when i’ve played a ton of other gay erotic games that have been both free and paid and didn’t have play to win mechanics and better writing than what i saw in the one story posted here so far.
If it was just the story challenge thing i wouldn’t care. I would just see it as you partnering with a game i don’t care about, say “good to see he’s able to get sponsors” and move on, it’s why i’ve also been mostly trying to avoid talking about the game itself since it’s just not what i’m interested in anyways. But it’s harder to ignore it when it’s at the top of the story list and looks the same as regular site content by independent creators.
I get what you’re saying. I actually asked them to write a story, but they said they don’t have the necessary creativity and/or skills for that.
It’s still not a banner, because a banner would be up on the main page or on every story all the time. Banners are way more intrusive and could and would be blocked by many people.
I agree, though, that it’s totally an advertisement. If it’s worth it in the long run, I can’t say at the moment. As for now I actually earned a bit of money, enough to cover my loss for the first quarter of 2023. If it’s going to remain that way depends on how many people coming from GSS are going to play the game over a longer period.
But as I’ve always told, I don’t look for money, I want to get our sites to become more known in the community. For this, this story contest is way more useful - because they promote this on their Discord and on their blog.
Unfortunately, the reaction is very disappointing so far. I can’t ask them to do contests, though, if I’m not willing to give something back to them in return.
wait lol, they told you they didn’t have they creativity or skills for that??? legit nothing against you btw it’s just hilarious that a porn game would just straight up say they don’t have the creativity or skills for like, idk a few thousand words story. that really does not inspire a lot of faith in the quality of their game. Thank god this site is filled with talented writers.
Well, they are happy enough, I guess. Problem is that some of the submitted stories fall a bit short of the usual standard of the sites. Which is to be expected, I guess. I’m not sure if we’re going to repeat that, and then maybe in a different way.
But they were very generous with the prizes they handed out. So everyone who participated should be happy