Fresh from signing up M.I.A. to fan-fund on its service, Patreon has opened an office in Berlin. It’s part of a wider expansion across Europe, with offices already in Porto and Dublin.
Patreon is also allowing newly-signed-up creators to now price their tiers and be paid in euros, pounds or dollars –existing creators on the platform will have to wait a few months. Additional currencies are on the way, and Patreon says it will be talking more about language localisation options towards the end of this year.
Patreon is already a global platform in terms of its community, mind: the company says that more than 40% of its 150,000 creators are based outside the US, and a similar percentage of its patrons.
The expansion follows Patreon’s $60m Series D funding round in July 2019 – complete with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian chipping in as an investor – which the company said would be used to fuel international expansion.
As of November 2019, Patreon’s creators had earned more than $1bn since its launch, with its community of patrons having grown to four million people.