A sponsorship from Machinima really is the only way. It wouldn’t be hard to obtain, but Machinima has this strict thing where if they sponsor your channel, you have to be able to produce videos regularly, otherwise they drop you rather quick. I’ve heard pretty bad things from Machinima in the past, and would like to avoid them if we can. If we e-mail valve, they’ll tell us that we need to have a license to profit off of a Source game, which is about 30,000 USD. The only features we’d get are the banner thing and faster uploading/processing time. I would suspect extra promotion, but I doubt that’ll help us in the slightest. The ads are entirely up to Google’s queue, and we have no say what ads play or how long they play, and I think that’s pretty ridiculous making someone have to watch ads to see our speedrun. Ads will show up every 20 or 30 minutes, and if we have an hour long speedrun, it’ll be like watching a commercial. The only reason we got that indication is because youtube automatically sends those things out when you get a bunch of views all at once, I got one a few years ago when I began making a machinima. I applied for a partnership for shits and giggles, and was shot down immediately, and this was when I had 1,500 subscribes and 200,000 views, so our odds of being accepted are close to 0 unless we go through Machinima, where our odds are much better, but I’d rather not deal with them. Whatever you guys want to do is fine with me, but remember, this all goes under my name, so if I get in trouble, I’m the one who has to pay, and if I ever get in trouble for this site, I’ll cease hosting it, mainly because I do not need further financial problems. The only thing appealing about this whole thing is the banner, and while I would like to have one, I don’t think we should pursue this. But, then again, it’s up to you guys, I haven’t done nearly as much as you guys have on the channel, so I guess we’ll only do this is the mass consensus is yes.
Also, I have changed the password to the SourceRuns page, the people I have sent the PW to over skype will be the only people who will get it from now on, too many people had it before.