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D&D Streaming Series Critical Role Leaves Geek & Sundry, Moves to Its Own Channel

February 19, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Critical Role, the most popular D&D series on the internet, has graduated from Geek & Sunday to its own platform. The show announced on Tuesday that they are leaving Geek & Sundry and Legendary Digital Networks, and will be moving to their own YouTube and Twitch channels moving forward.

“We are parting as friends and want to thank Geek & Sundry and Legendary Digital Networks for helping us build this amazing audience, and we wish them the best,” the announcement said. “They have been supportive and collaborative partners, and we are grateful they shared their platforms and a love of role-playing games with us. And while this portion of the journey may be coming to an end, we’ll be cheering for one another.”

The move is not an entirely surprising one, to be fair. Critical Role has been moving in recent months toward autonomy, establishing their own channels and launching new series such as the popular “Between the Sheets” interview segment featuring Brian W. Foster and the D&D instructionary videos “Handbooker Helper.” The series also established their own studio space last year as part of the expansion.

Critical Role is, without question, the king of D&D shows. With Matthew Mercer serving as Dungeon Master, the cast of voice actors regularly garners viewership in the tens of thousands each Thursday night. It and its Tuesday discussion show Talks Machina are Geek & Sundry’s post popular shows by far, both on Twitch and Legendary’s Project Alpha.

The full details of where you can see Critical Role and Talks Machina going forward are below:

CRITICAL ROLE
Starting Thursday, February 21st, Critical Role will air at 7pm Pacific at twitch.tv/criticalrole. VOD will be available for Critical Role Twitch channel subscribers over the weekend and will be available on the Critical Role YouTube channel at 12pm Pacific on Mondays.

Please note that new Critical Role VODs will be available only on Critical Role channels.

All legacy episodes of Critical Role (the entirety of Campaign 1: Vox Machina and episodes 1 through 51 of Campaign 2: Mighty Nein) will be available via Geek & Sundry’s channels. All new episodes will be available on the Critical Role YouTube channel moving forward. We have created handy YouTube playlists (Vox Machina link || Mighty Nein link) for you so that it’s super easy to find each of our episodes, and the video links have been posted here on critrole.com with viewing opportunities on at least one free-to-view platform. You can also continue to watch new Critical Role and Talks Machina episodes live on Geek & Sundry’s Twitch channel, if that’s where you’re subscribed.

Starting with Campaign 2 Episode 52, the Critical Role podcast will be available through the Critical Role podcast network. The entirety of Campaign 1 and the first 51 episodes of Campaign 2 will remain on the Geek & Sundry podcast network. This means that you will need to subscribe to the new Critical Role podcast feed if you’d like to keep up-to-date with the podcast version of the show.

TALKS MACHINA
Starting Tuesday, February 19 (Episode 100), Talks Machina will air at 7pm Pacific at twitch.tv/criticalrole. Episode 100 will also be available live on Alpha. The VOD for Episode 100 will be available to Geek & Sundry Twitch and Alpha subscribers.

Starting with Episode 101 (2/26/2019), Talks Machina VOD will be available for Critical Role Twitch channel subscribers immediately and will be available on the Critical Role YouTube channel at 12pm Pacific on Thursdays.

In addition to the YouTube upload, Talks Machina (starting with Episode 101) will also be available moving forward in podcast format through the Critical Role podcast network on a one-week delay.

Please note that new Talks Machina VODs (starting with Episode 101) will be available only on Critical Role channels.