Today, Burnie's latest vlog was released on youtube. For those who don't have the time to watch it, he and Matt discussed how it is that Rooster Teeth makes money to produce shows, run events, etc. and that essentially broke down like this...
All the commercials you see before the videos on this site or youtube generate a relatively good chunk of money for the company. They also displayed an excerpt from Parade magazine featuring Camp Camp as an example of this.
#2 Subscriptions, also know as FIRST Membership
As it's been a huge discussion point since the time restriction on the latest season of RvB, this still makes sense. The community largely supports the company.
#3 Licenses & Royalties
For those who don't know what this is, a good example would be the version of RWBY that was done in Japan, with the Japanese voice actors. The company that did that paid Rooster Teeth in order to legally create it.
#4 Events... RTX, Let's Play Live, and secret future events
While some of the money from ticket sales goes to the vendors and overall funding for events, Rooster Teeth still makes money from these amazing events.
#5 Merchandise... Shirts, Music, DvD's
Essentially, digital or physical purchases made from the RT store, including Double-Gold Subscription boxes.
"So what's the best way for someone with extra income to support RT?"
Coming straight from Burnie and Matt, the biggest way to help the company is with direct contact. This means buying products directly from the RT store, watching videos on the site instead of Youtube, or simply just being a subscriber.
The point of the vlog was basically to say that, despite the Youtube-based
"Ad-pocalypse," Rooster Teeth as a company is far more secure financially then other companies, and it is thanks to subscribers and the community that they don't have to constantly adapt and change things to survive.