Video games industry source Nibel, widely known for posting breaking gaming news under the handle @Nibellion, has decided to quit Twitter. The enigmatic bird app user reportedly announced their plans to step away from the social media platform in a 31 October 2022 blog post on Patreon, bidding farewell to nearly half a million followers.
So why did Nibel quit Twitter? According to the blog post, Nibel cited issues plaguing the bird app, including an inability to establish a reliable revenue stream, a lack of trust for the platform, and its failed leadership; Nibel also criticized Twitter's takeover by tech giant Elon Musk as a factor motivating their decision.
Video Games Source Nibel Quits Twitter
In a now-deleted blog on Patreon, Nibel said, "I have miscalculated the value of my Twitter activity and realize that it is nothing worth supporting by itself for the vast majority of people. It is not me who is popular, but it is that work that is useful. It is not valuable by itself, but a comfortable timesaver, and I get that now."
Nibel noted that they had trouble establishing a reliable revenue stream, even after launching a Patreon to fund their operation. While many high-profile industry figures supported them, Nibel claimed they could not "create an interesting and sustainable Patreon," as evidenced by the "stagnating" number of Patrons and pledges later being deleted.
As a result, Nibel said they would "move on from both Twitter and Patreon," adding, "there won’t be any games coverage from me on either platform."
"I was unable to create a reliable revenue stream, but I'm still happy I gave it a shot. And I want to thank everybody on here who gave me a shot as well. I’ll look into refunds for recent payments, have already deactivated the billing, and will likely close this page this week," Nibel said. In addition, Nibel added that the "Discord server" they intended on launching would "obviously not" be arriving either.
Nibel took a stab at Twitter's failed leadership, calling out Elon Musk, the platform's "Chief Twit," over his "seemingly infinite immaturity." The faceless news source said, "I don’t think that Twitter has yet experienced good leadership, and this trend will not change with Musk either. I do not trust the platform [...] I do not trust Musk and his seemingly infinite immaturity. I do not think Twitter will fall apart instantly but that it could die a slow death. Why waste more time?"
Followingly, Nibel took to Twitter to post their final Tweet: "After some intropection (sic), I’ve made the decision to focus my time and energy elsewhere and move on from Twitter. This marks the end of my video games coverage and my active participation in this platform. Thanks to everybody for the fun times! Farewell, Nibel."
The account has since been locked to prevent potential impersonators from claiming the @Nibellion handle. We will endeavor to update you regarding any further developments regarding this story.
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