Expansive is Expanding

Expansive is expanding…

2014 is going to be a huge year for Expansive DLC.

Last year, we admittedly spent most of the time trying to craft our identity. The site is ambitious and has lofty goals that differ widely from the majority. It took a while to get those ideas formed and locked down. But now that we’ve entered a solid, consistent rhythm with our output, we’re ready to take the next step.

That’s where you come in. We need more writers to help us mass-produce that vision.

There are just far too many games for us to work on and far too much news for us to get our teeth around. So we’re looking for contributors to come onboard, write news stories on the fast-moving spate of DLC, patches, mods, expansions, content updates and fixes. We need word-smiths flesh out our As We Plays and people to consider Firmware updates and effects those updates will have on the future of gaming.

We’re also looking for active columnists. We have ideas on the type of content we’d LIKE to see, but we’d also like you to pitch things to us. Specifically, we’re interested in columns focused on MMOs and MOBAs, but we’d also consider things like Don’t Starve and Day-Z.

We’re also hoping to expand on our current Video and Podcasting content, and deliver even more on our Social Media Platforms.

We’re a site covering ALL platforms. All next-gen and last-gen systems. Any PC titles. Any Mobile titles. With such a broad scope, it’s easy to imagine just how much news we report on and how much we actually miss out on.

Expansive DLC is a busy, active site and will require a lot of work.

The good news? There are benefits to being part of our team…

  • We deal with all major publishers and developers. Your work will be read by the biggest names in the business.
  • Between 40k – 50k Uniques a Month. We have a consistent readership that continues to grow
  • Our writers have gone on to freelance and produce work for major outlets, such as Official Playstation Magazine, 148Apps, Daily Mail, VG247, GamesTM, The Sun and more.
  • We offer unique content not seen elsewhere, creating fresh writing challenges and encouraging a different kind of readership.
  • Your work will be published on an established outlet recognized within the industry, further benefitting your existing portfolio
  • We will help to hone your written skills with tuition, guidance, constant support and experience. You will be given pitch guidance, support and a reference where needed. We can help you get the work you want.
  • There will be opportunities to attend major press events for unreleased, upcoming titles.
  • We are continually looking for ways to pay our writers. We’re not there yet (the site is only just funding itself) but that research will continue into 2014 and we hope to move forward with new plans over the next twelve months.
  • Finally. Yes. There will be Promotional Review Code across ALL formats.

We do things a bit differently. We won’t score the latest game. Instead, we’ll offer live impressions as we’re playing, jot down a few bullet-points that tell the reader and developer where the game is going wrong and how it can be fixed, then sum it all up with a Final Analysis.

We do grade DLC and provide Patch Reviews which assess the overall competency of the latest fix, providing a progressive review for an ever-developing game, but it will read differently from anywhere else. We feel that our assessments of products are fair and balanced. We know that not every game launches the way it should. We know some games don’t improve despite ten major updates, and we’re trying to find a system that genuinely considers that, while still delivering the information our readers want to read.

Of course it’s ambitious, but that’s why we need you. Gamers who enjoy a wealth of products. Gamers who’ve stuck with a game since day one, and held onto it six to twelve months later. Today’s game is a commitment. It’s an ever-developing journey with Season Passes, Content Updates, DLC and continual improvements. And with so many games releasing week on week, we need people-power to help keep up.

Did we scare you off? Or are you hungry for something different?

You are? Good. Then here’s what we want you to do…

Send an email to raywillmott@expansivedlc.com with the following…

  • Your name
  • Some background – Tell us about you. Whether you’ve got any experience in the industry or whether you’re a complete newcomer. Tell us what games you like and what else you enjoy doing.
  • A sample of your writing (OR if you don’t have one – send us a short, 250 word review of the most recent game you’ve played, taking into account any patch updates and if there have been any good or bad effects on the game)

We really want to see this team grow and would love for you to be a part of that.

We’re leaving this open until February 14th, so there’s plenty of time to consider whether this is for you or not.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

About the author

Ray Willmott

Ray is the founder and editor of Expansive. He is also a former Community Manager for Steel Media, and has written for a variety of gaming websites over the years. His work can be seen on Pocket Gamer, PG.biz, Gfinity, and the Red Bull Gaming Column. He has also written for VG247, Videogamer, GamesTM, PLAY, and MyM Magazine,
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