Achievement Hunter is a video gaming website and a division of Rooster Teeth Productions. Founded by Geoff Ramsey and Jack Pattillo on July 6, 2008, the website is largely based on the achievement mechanic found in seventh and eighth generation video game consoles. Since its founding, Achievement Hunter has grown to become a core component of Rooster Teeth, hosting a wide variety of videos related to video games. The most frequent videos are hosted by the six most prolific employees: Geoff Ramsey, Jack Pattillo, Gavin Free, Michael Jones, Ryan Haywood, and Jeremy Dooley.
Achievement Hunter has a large presence on YouTube – where it runs four different channels: Achievement Hunter, LetsPlay, GameFails and Achievement Hunter Community – garnering a combined total of 5.4 million subscribers and 1.4 billion video views.
History and development
2008–10: Inception and growth
In 2008, Geoff Ramsey's interest in gaming achievements resulted in the realization that no community-based website related to achievements existed. As a result, Ramsey approached Burnie Burns, then CEO of Rooster Teeth, about creating a website based on achievements; Burns agreed, and Ramsey created Achievement Hunter, which shares a similar design to the main Rooster Teeth website. Alongside employee Jack Pattillo, Ramsey regularly released achievement guides and Easter egg videos, often receiving assistance from select volunteers from the Rooster Teeth community. David Dreger also assisted in the founding of the site.
2011–12: Employment growth
In 2011, Achievement Hunter hired Ryan Haywood as an editor and manager; Haywood later began being featured in videos as a host in March 2012, becoming one of the main crew members. Four new shows were introduced to Achievement Hunter in 2011 one of them, Rage Quit, led to the official hiring of Michael Jones as a full-time staff member in August 2011.
In December 2011, Achievement Hunter also began creating Let's Play videos. The success of the videos resulted in a weekly sub-series in 2012, in which the main hosts play Minecraft. Weekly Let's Play videos focusing on Grand Theft Auto games are also released.
Achievement Hunter hired Gavin Free in 2012, after he had assisted with the company for many years. In March 2012, Achievement Hunter debuted Game Night, in which Ramsey and Caleb Denecour play games with community members; the series switched to a live stream format in 2014. Community member Ray Narvaez, Jr. was hired in April 2012, having worked as a contract host for multiple years. Later, in September 2012, contract editor Franco Scarcello created Five Facts, which was generally hosted by Pattillo and Ramsey and focused on little-known facts about various video games; it was not renewed for a sixth season in May 2016.
In early 2013, Achievement Hunter introduced a competition series titled VS, in which the employees challenge each other to compete in games. In April 2013, Achievement Hunter launched their own channel on YouTube, which hosts a variety of their videos. Later in 2013, the company retired Achievement HORSE, replacing it with Achievement HUNT, in which a variety of employees challenge each other until the word "HUNT" has been spelled.
In October 2013, Pattillo hosted a 24-hour live stream benefiting Extra Life, a charity benefiting hospitalized children. With appearances from other Achievement Hunter members and various Rooster Teeth employees, the live stream managed to raise $340,000. This charity live stream has become an annual event, with 2014's Extra Life live stream raising over $442,000 for Children's Miracle Network. At RTX in July 2014, community members Matt Bragg and Jeremy Dooley were hired as editors and secondary hosts at Achievement Hunter.
In early 2015, Achievement Hunter hosted the first Let's Play Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. In April 2015, Narvaez departed from the company as a full-time employee to focus on Twitch livestreaming, although he continues to voice his character for the company's X-Ray and Vav animated series. In mid-2015, Achievement Hunter launched a new YouTube channel, named after themselves, thereon they upload series of videos that were previously uploaded to the Rooster Teeth channel. Additionally, they moved out of Rooster Teeth's Stage 5, Austin Studios office into their own office nearby.
Dooley was promoted to a main host in October 2015, during an episode of Let's Play Minecraft. A weekly podcast titled Off Topic was announced in early October by Michael Jones. Four test episodes aired live and were only available to "Sponsors" on their website. The first official episode aired to the public after the initial tests. Jones serves as the main host of the show and makes the most frequent appearances alongside other Achievement Hunter employees and special guests.
From 2015, Achievement Hunter would feature celebrities as guest collaborators in some of their Let's Play videos such as Rahul Kohli, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Dante Basco and Pop punk band Neck Deep.
Let's Play Live
Let’s Play Live in an on-stage event orchestrated by Rooster Teeth, which puts the Achievement Hunter members in front of a live audience to play games and entertain their fans. The first such performance was on February 20, 2015, at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.
On June 17, 2016 the second rendition of Let's Play Live event was put on by the group at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. In addition to the Achievement Hunters, other YouTube creators that are part of the Let's Play family were present including: Funhaus, ScrewAttack, Kinda Funny, Cow Chop, and The Creatures.
List of shows
|Date debuted||Series||Primary contributor(s)||Date ended|
|2008||Forced Enjoyment||Geoff Ramsey, Jack Pattillo||July 28, 2010|
|July 29, 2008||Achievement Guides/Achievement Unlocked||Various||Ongoing|
|December 20, 2008||Pajamachievements||Griffon Ramsey||September 25, 2009|
|July 14, 2009||Easter Eggs||Various||Ongoing|
|March 4, 2010||Achievement Hunter Weekly Update (AHWU)||Various||Ongoing|
|May 5, 2010||Behind the Scenes||Various||Ongoing?|
|September 22, 2010||Fails of the Weak||Geoff Ramsey, Jack Pattillo||Ongoing|
|December 6, 2010||Achievement HORSE/PIG||Geoff Ramsey, Jack Pattillo||Ongoing|
|January 20, 2011||Rage Quit||Michael Jones||Ongoing|
|March 29, 2011||This Is...||Various||August 14, 2015|
|November 30, 2011||Things to Do In:||Various||Ongoing|
|December 7, 2011||Let's Play||Various||Ongoing|
|December 16, 2011||A Look Back At||Brandon "Fragger" Light; Ray Narvaez, Jr.||August 15, 2012|
|March 23, 2012||Game Night||Geoff Ramsey, Caleb Denecour||February 14, 2014|
|April 24, 2012||Trials Files||Geoff Ramsey, Jack Pattillo||November 4, 2014|
|May 30, 2012||Retro Active||Brandon "Fragger" Light||October 31, 2012|
|August 20, 2012||Quick Bits||Various||December 17, 2012|
|September 11, 2012||Five Facts||Geoff Ramsey, Jack Pattillo, Franco Scarcello||May 17, 2016|
|March 5, 2013||Coming Soon||Kdin Jenzen||May 1, 2015|
|March 8, 2013||Versus (VS)||Various||Ongoing|
|October 29, 2013||GO!||Various||Ongoing|
|October 30, 2013||Achievement HUNT||Various||Ongoing|
|February 6, 2014||How To:||Joel Heyman, Adam Ellis, Jeremy Dooley, Matt Bragg||May 15, 2016|
|May 8, 2014||Play Pals||Michael Jones, Gavin Free, Geoff Ramsey, Ryan Haywood||Ongoing|
|May 12, 2014||Countdown/Top Five||Various||Ongoing|
|August 13, 2014||Imaginary Achievements||Jeremy Dooley||April 8, 2015|
|August 18, 2014||MegaCraft||Matt Bragg||August 12, 2015|
|September 25, 2014||Grab Bag||Various||Ongoing|
|September 18, 2014||Let's Watch||Various||Ongoing|
|October 16, 2014||Achievement Hunter vs. The World||Various||Ongoing|
|November 6, 2014||Sunday Driving||Various||Ongoing?|
|December 19, 2014||Shenanigans||Various||Ongoing|
|August 1, 2015||Presented With Comment||Jeremy Dooley (with various contenders)||May 2016|
|October 30, 2015||Off Topic Podcast||Michael Jones (with various AH members)||Ongoing|
|December 29, 2015||Great Levels in Gaming||Max Bernard||Ongoing|
|April 12, 2016||VR the Champions||Ryan Haywood, Gavin Free, Jeremy Dooley, Michael Jones, Jack Pattillo||Ongoing|
|April 29, 2016||Theater Mode||Various||Ongoing|
|June 9, 2016||Heroes and Halfwits||Frank, Geoff Ramsey, Griffon Ramsey, Jack Pattillo, Gus Sorola, Ryan Haywood||Ongoing|
Cast and crew