Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 24 February

Fandom Acquires Gaming E-Commerce Platform Fanatical

Hey everyone!

I have an exciting announcement for you today. Fandom has acquired Fanatical, a leading gaming e-commerce platform based in the United Kingdom. Fanatical offers a growing catalogue of over 8,000 digital games, ebooks, and elearning courses from more than 1,000 official publisher and developer partners, and has sold 80 million officially licensed game keys and ebooks to customers in 200 countries. With more than 150 million gamers coming to Fandom wikis each month, this acquisition will introduce Fanatical’s passionately curated, unique product bundles to an even larger global gaming audience.

We’ve acquired Fanatical as a next step in our vision to be the entertainment and gaming fan’s first choice for community and experience …

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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 16 February

Introducing Fandom's New Community Team

I’m excited to be back on the staff blog today to announce a big change to how we’re going to be working with our communities in 2021. We’re re-organizing our community teams—previously set up in verticalized teams like Anime, Gaming, and Movies/TV—to bring a much more strategic focus to our support for editors and wikis.

Some of you may also know that those teams were previously part of what we called the Growth org. We’re officially changing our name back to Community org, to better reflect the core function that we serve within Fandom.

Let’s go through some of the high level details about what that means.

There’s a few key reasons why we wanted to change our name from Growth to Community. The first is that the name “Growth” being applied t…

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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 26 January

Announcing Fandom's (Virtual) Community Connect 2021

Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since I last posted a staff blog here—almost two years, in fact. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Brandon and I’m the VP of Community at Fandom. I lead a team of around 70 people who support your communities, including many of those you know—like MisterWoodhouse and the Wiki Manager team.

I’ve come back to the staff blog today to tell you about an exciting announcement: we’re holding a virtual Community Connect on March 6th and March 7th! You may have some questions about what Community Connect is and why that’s important. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. And for those of you who remember the staff blogs I used to write, you’ll remember that I cover things in more detail than you probably asked fo…

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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 10 April 2019

We've disabled Featured Video for wiki editors

Featured Video has been a controversial feature. It helped achieve the goal of removing a lot of ad clutter and performance issues on wiki pages, but the content just didn’t work. Way too many videos are of too low quality, and many of them quickly fell out of date or relevance. Plus, the video player is really big, the videos were made almost entirely without community involvement, and they were added above community content.

As a result, we have a product and content on the site that editors resent and doesn’t provide the right value to the broader audience. It made money for Fandom, but it cost us a lot—for many of you, that includes your trust in us. A lot of talented people tried to make it work, but no matter how good the intentions m…

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Brandon Rhea Brandon Rhea 12 December 2018

Fandom and Curse Media are joining forces

We are excited to announce that Fandom and Curse Media are joining forces! Curse’s network includes properties like their wiki services Gamepedia, D&D Beyond, Futhead, and Muthead. By coming together, Fandom and Curse Media solidify our exciting new venture as the #1 online experience for entertainment and gaming fan communities.

For years, Fandom and Curse Media have shared a common mission: to provide online tools and resources for communities in the entertainment and gaming spaces. By joining forces and combining knowledge, we are able to expand our resources and provide better support to our communities.

As we work through the details, our teams are being purposeful and thorough in making decisions on how Fandom and Gamepedia in particul…

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