NylonGate: Did Streamers Grab Up All The Quality Fallout 76 Bags?

NylonGate: Did Streamers Grab Up All The Quality Fallout 76 Bags?

“Nylongate” is what we call Bethesda’s snafu when it sent out nylon bags instead of the advertised canvas material to Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition buyers. Bethesda tried to make amends by handing out 500 Atoms of in-game currency, worth $5.00, but that was met with even more backlash.

Vocal gamers felt victims of false advertising given that the Power Armor Edition costs $200. Bethesda’s reasoning was that they ran out of canvas material, so it had to switch to nylon. Except, some eagle-eyed gamers spotted one particular streamer with what looks like a Fallout 76  bag made of canvas. In some cases, the bags are not West-Tek duffels, but they’re still better than nylon.

Heavenly West Virginia

The tweet comes from @BoredSuitably, who compiled a list of digital influencers who were flown to Fallout 76 pre-launch event. The October event was held in West Virginia, where the game is set. Apparently, gamers were flown in to stay at the luxurious Greenbrier Hotel, one of the grandest and most historic vacation spots in the state.

The tweet also mentions a streamer who received several Fallout 76 goodies inside a canvas bag. You can spot this at the upper right side of the image above. It might not have been the Power Armor Edition West-Tek bag but it is was certainly made of canvas.

YouTube personality YongYea was also mentioned in the tweet. However, it seems to be an error since his surprise package, which included the Power Armor Edition, had a nylon bag inside.

The Fallout From Fallout 76 Freebies

To be completely fair, there is nothing inherently wrong with the practice. Big companies do this every now and then, especially when it comes to major launch events. Influencers and others often receive freebies when attending events and conventions.

A major point of contention, however, is Bethesda’s reasoning. They had to switch to nylon simply because they ran out of canvas. Still, if quality bags made of canvas were given for free to streamers while paying customers got the cheap ones, then it reflects poorly on the company.

However, we don’t know for certain how many influencers received free canvas bags. Nor do we know how many were handed out in general. We’ve reached out to Bethesda and @BoredSuitably for comment.

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  • Jrodriguezwp

    I’m a small business owner who’s also writing on the side, contributing in various websites under the Enthusiast Gaming umbrella — Destructoid, Flixist, Daily Esports, PlayStation Enthusiast, and PC Invasion.
    My Steam library has 1,131 games at the moment so we definitely have a lot of things to talk about.

    • Daves!

      man..every day there is some Fallout 76 / Bethesda controversy..as a Single Player gsmer i love the Fallout series but the Multiplayer game is a slap in my face so i really dont shed tears for any controversy surroundibg that game..i hope they dont screw it up for Rage 2 in 2019

    • LordCancer Kain

      rockstar made an excellent bag 4 gta 4 2008 lol

      well, in bethesda’s defense gamers are stupid. i mean seriously, they liked fallout 4, and they paid $200 for a fallout. if bethesda thought you were intelligent they would have at least communicated the change but they have this special relationship with their dumb customers.

      it took dice more than 6 months to fix the conquest servers in bf4, but you thought bethesda was going to knock this one out of the park? see dumb.

      yall wanted a quality bag you should have ordered a 5.11 or vanquest bag, and for giggles pre-ordered metro’s exodus limited edition.

      my advice for those who can’t resist playing bethesda games, gamefly.

    • AinurThunder

      Great video imo. Good on you for posting.