Patreon says the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have reached their platform. In a blog post today, the company said that more than 30,000 authors signed up for an account in the first few weeks of March. These creators are likely to be independent artists who have been particularly affected by state restrictions on large gatherings, as well as restaurant and business closings.
The company also reports average new customer growth in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, and Australia. and Italy rose 36.2 percent compared to February, which could indicate that people are looking for ways to support their favorite creators. The report does not provide concrete numbers on the number of customers who have signed up in the past few weeks and instead provides only a few graphs and charts.
At the same time, the company found that more people are canceling their commitments. and "some" of these people gave COVID-1
Patreon's report is relatively expected at this time. Of course, when companies close, independent developers are looking for ways to recoup revenue, whether through donation-based live streams or by continuously supporting members with services like Patreon. It is disheartening to hear that some people are leaving, but that is also in line with what we would expect. The economic prospects for the US and the world are currently bleak, which is causing people to cut their budgets. Patreon gives independent developers the opportunity to reach their fans, but if these fans are unemployed, the platform is also at risk.