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If there’s one thing gamers love more than playing video games, it’s watching other gamers play them. V...
If there’s one thing gamers love more than playing video games, it’s watching other gamers play them. Video game YouTubing has proved lucrative for some, with several gaming bloggers reaching near-superstar status and turning their hobby into a legitimate profession.
Who are these famously obscure netizens, and how do they actually manage to play video games for a living? Let’s take a look at some of the best-known professional video game bloggers.
PewDiePie, or if you prefer his real name, Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, is a Swedish video game vlogger that specializes in making Let’s Play videos of action and horror titles. We’re kicking off with him because there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the name PewDiePie, what with him being the most successful YouTuber on our list-- or ever, for that matter. PewDiePie was recently in the news after hitting an incredible 30 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, and is reportedly making a sensational $4 million a year from selling advertising space on his videos. Not bad for a guy who just plays video games all day.
On the other end of the spectrum, there’s TotalBiscuit. The alias of John Bain, TotalBiscuit also goes by the online handles The Cynical Brit and Total Halibut. Known for his “WTF Is…” videos, TotalBiscuit specializes in quick looks, or short videos that give viewers the gist of what a video game is about. TotalBiscuit’s fame can also be attributed to his candid approach-- he’s known to be very personal with his viewers, and even opened up about his recent battle with cancer.
Although not technically a YouTuber, Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw, or Zero Punctuation, is still a staple in any serious gamer’s vlog diet. His acerbic wit, cynical comments, and tough stance on shoddy games, delivered at blinding speed, have made him uniquely recognizable and garnered him a cult following. Although overly critical sometimes, Yahtzee is still revered in gaming circles-- a recommendation from Zero Punctuation doesn’t come easily and carries great weight.
With over 9 million subscribers, the super-popular SkyDoesMinecraft, or Adam Dahlberg, does, as you can probably guess, mainly Minecraft videos. They’re not all gameplay, though: Adam sometimes does cute parodies and covers of popular songs in Minecraft style, and he even sings the words himself. Minecraft has been getting bigger and bigger, and so has this guy. He’s only been around for a couple of years, but our prediction is that he’s only gonna get bigger -- the shrieking and screaming in his videos appeals to kids, so he’s already got a fanbase waiting.
Adam Montoya, better known for his YouTube handle SeaNanners, rose to internet fame via the mega-popular video game channel Machinima. The first video game vlogger to reach one million subscribers, Adam is now followed by over 4.5 million viewers. He mainly does Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, and Minecraft videos, as well as collaborations with other YouTube personalities on our list like PewDiePie and CaptainSparklez. Speaking of which…
A breakaway hit with his Gangnam Style parody Minecraft Style, CaptainSparklez is the fifth gaming vlogger to hit 1 million subscribers and is currently sitting at 7.5 million. Real name Jordan Maron, CaptainSparklez is another Minecraft nut who gathered over 37 million views for his Psy parody that’s still popular today. He also makes videos for games other than Minecraft, most notably Garry’s Mod, Trials, and Grand Theft Auto.
Rooster Teeth productions make short animations, comedy shorts, and gameplay videos and are best known for their “Red Vs Blue” Halo video series. The name comes from an explicit gaming insult featured in their videos, so it’s a good thing they went with something a bit more PC. As of now, their channel counts 7.5 million subscribers, and Rooster Teeth are putting out videos by the hour. If you ask us, our favorites are definitely the Achievement Hunter videos.
GameGrumps is an acclaimed Let’s Play webseries created by Jon Jafari and animator Arin Hanson. Although running for only two years, GameGrumps has enjoyed quiet popularity and critical acclaim, most notably being nominated for a Shorty Award in 2013 (PewDiePie won) and listing Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson among their fans. Still, even Notch can’t seem to bump their subscribers past the 2 million mark.
Although only 21, Tom Cassell has been part of the game vlogging scene since 2010 with his channel TheSyndicateProject. Today, he sits on 7.5 million subscribers as the most-subscribed YouTube channel in the United Kingdom. Tom mainly does videos of shooting games such as Halo and Call of Duty, although he’s still a part of the Minecraft mania with his “The Minecraft Project.” Tom Syndicate also broke away with his first ever video, which he titled “SeaNanners stole my style.”
Tobuscus, or Toby Joe Turner, is an actor, comedian, and YouTube personality who does gaming videos on his channel TobyGames and Tobuscus. One of the most popular gaming vloggers on YouTube, Toby currently lists 5 million people as his Tobuscus subscribers and has almost 2 million subscribers on his TobyGames channel. Like half of the other vloggers on our list, Toby is famous for doing Minecraft videos.