Posted on June 18, 2013 AT 05:06pm
Over the past few years, I’ve started collecting various video game memorabilia to decorate my desk with. I love buying collector’s editions of games that include statues and figures (Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition of Saints Row IV, anyone?). I’m always on the hunt for something new to put on my desk, which is why I’m glad to have discovered Loot Crate.
During E3 I had the chance to meet the creators of Loot Crate, Matt Arevalo and Chris Davis, and learn about this unique subscription service. Their idea is that if women can get exciting boxes full of beauty products, then geeks should be able to buy exciting boxes full of geek things! They were kind enough to give me a complimentary box with samples of what has been included in past months, and opening that box felt like finding a chest full of shiny weapons in Borderlands 2 or getting an epic loot drop in Diablo 3.
There’s no need to worry that you’ll be receiving a few knock-off toys made by some no-name company. Loot Crate has teamed up with companies like Marvel, Nintendo, and Blizzard, to name a few. Every box comes with 6-8 items from several of their partners, and the boxes shipped each month contain similar (if not identical) items, so you can rest assured it’s not a lottery to get the good stuff. There’s no chance of getting lousy loot (like there was in a Woot Bag of Crap).
As much as Loot Crate is about the excitement of receiving that box each month, it’s also about sharing that experience with others. Subscribers of the service (called Looters) are encouraged to film an unboxing and post it on Youtube. Those who don’t want to upload a video sometimes post photos on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, or Instagram. This is the primary method of advertising for Loot Crate, and it seems to be working for them. After all, they’ve only been doing this for about a year and they already have over 8,000 subscribers!
If the notion of receiving a mystery box packed full of amazing geek products every month sounds like something you’d enjoy, check out Loot Crate’s website at http://www.lootcrate.com. It’s about $20 a month, and you can even get discounts for paying in advance for multiple months. And if you do sign up, don’t forget to share your Loot Crate experience!
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