Media & Digital


1 Feb - 2022

Tags from the story: Blair Witch Fest, Dorian, Lionsgate.

Following the platform launch and its recent partnership with Lionsgate, Dorian proves to be a game-changing platform for creators and fans, reimagining game development and revenue potential for underrepresented creators

Dorian, a no-code game creation and streaming platform that allows fiction creators to easily transform their stories into playable games, is unlocking game monetization for female creators worldwide. The platform recently launched the Blair Witch Fest contest in connection with global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), giving creators and fans an unparalleled opportunity to develop their own fanfic games tied to the Blair Witch franchise, with the potential to monetize those games. The grand prize winner was Naomi Laeuchli, a new creator who started with a minimal social following and was experimenting with creative self-expression using Dorian. With her submission titled Survive the Witch, she proved to be a talented writer and game creator, and now that she’s on Dorian, she’s been successfully growing her community of fans while earning money.

As one of the fastest growing industries in the world, the video game industry has traditionally been overwhelmingly male-dominated. This is where Dorian is shaking things up; female founded and driven, Dorian is empowering female creators to tap into this massive industry with a game creation and streaming platform for a female-first audience. With innovative partnerships enabled by Dorian, female creators are building a connected storyverse of games with IP holders, influencers and brands. Over 500 women are creating games on Dorian, with over 300 of them turning into first time streamers. All creators are able to leverage the powerful virtual game economy Dorian has developed, which includes game creation, best practices and lectures, community and social features, analytics, and revenue generation from anywhere in the world, allowing them to commercialize their hobby and turn it into a business. Watch HERE how female streamers and game makers connect with their fans on Dorian. Many of them are streaming games and building audiences for the first time in their lives, a testament to Dorian’s unique platform and supportive community.

“Coming to Dorian without any sort of social media following, I appreciated that I could organically build a readership of 65,000 based solely on the story and interaction with readers through the app, and that I could actually generate revenue based off of those reads,” said Blair Witch Fest contest winner Naomi Laeuchli. “Getting to watch pro London-based theater actors and TikTok stars read my story live has been surreal and delightful. Also, as a longtime lover and writer of fanfiction, the ability to participate in the official Blair Witch Fest contest was so much fun and I’m grateful to have won, amongst many fantastic submissions in the contest from so many talented authors.”

“Joining the game industry changed my life,” said Julia Palatovska, co-founder and CEO of Dorian. “Coming from an economically underprivileged background, I owe my success to the inherent social connection of games that empowered me to collaborate, grow and succeed in a global industry and eventually start my own company in the US. With Dorian, our goal is to pay it forward by providing millions of women with a similar opportunity to grow into game business owners.”

Blair Witch was the first IP that unlocked this collaborative creativity between IP holders, creators and fans, with more IP partnerships to be launched for Dorian creators in 2022! Through Dorian, anyone can turn their fictional story into a game, and stream and monetize it in a matter of hours. With a fast-growing female creator and fanbase, Dorian is set to be the next big platform for female narrative game creators. More major discoveries around the Dorian platform since its launch include:

  • All submissions for the Blair Witch Fest contest were created by women.
  • Since the launch of Blair Witch Fest on Dorian in mid-October, both the number of released games and the number of watch hours have doubled month-over-month.
  • To date, Dorian has released ~3,000 games on its platform made entirely by female creators, and continues to grow daily.
  • Fans can support creators by sending them currency, and well over 200 creators are already generating revenue on the platform.
  • Power users (Gen Z women) play on average 70 games in their first week on the platform, with a massive 86% average completion rate per game.
  • Interactive formats are attracting sought after young female audiences who want to play games designed for them by other women, and Dorian’s fans are 90% female and 70% Gen Z.

Discover the many stories based on the Blair Witch franchise that were developed by creators on Dorian HERE (downloading the Dorian app is necessary to access), and join TikTok Horror Sensation Kelsi Davies (over 5M followers) as she tries to survive the witch LIVE on Dorian on January 30 at 10 am PT! Can Kelsi and her fans make it out alive? Tune in to find out HERE. For more information on Dorian, please visit dorian.app.link.

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