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David Dobrik explains why he gave up on video game YouTuber dream

by Virginia Glaze
PAPER, YouTube

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YouTube star David Dobrik is best known for his viral vlogs, which chronicle his ridiculous shenanigans with his friend group — but he didn’t ever expect to become a vlogger, in the first place.

Dobrik is a massively popular face across social media, boasting over 16 million subscribers on his primary YouTube channel, where he uploads short-form videos of his crazy stunts with the “vlog squad.”

His antics have earned him fame throughout the net and has even won him multiple awards in the online entertainment space — but becoming a full-time vlogger hadn't always been his primary aspiration.

David Dobrik, Instagram
David Dobrik is one of YouTube's top content creators, known for his wild vlogs.

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During a February 27 video interview with PAPER, Dobrik opened up about his initial hopes for his YouTube career, admitting that he’d first wanted to become a gaming YouTuber.

However, the equipment he’d purchased to record his gameplay never ended up working, leading to an entirely different turn in his content creation journey.

“I used to watch like, video game YouTubers, and that’s what I wanted to do,” he explained. “I bought the PVR to record my video games, and it never worked, so I never did the whole ‘video game YouTuber’ thing.”

David Dobrik, Instagram
David Dobrik's content often tops YouTube's trending page for its short-form format and hilarious hijinks with his friend group.

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That’s not all; according to the vlogger, he’s actually thankful his equipment never worked, expressing gratitude that he eventually transitioned into his current role in the YouTube space instead of grinding the video game life.

“Thank goodness it didn’t work,” he continued. “I like this a lot better. This is a lot more fun.”

In fact, it seems that “fun” is a central tenant for Dobrik’s content, which he described as “just a group of friends trying to find out how to have fun in new ways.”

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Dobrik’s own prominence on YouTube rivals many of the top gamers on the site, such as Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg, Mark ‘Markiplier’ Fishbach, and Seán ‘Jacksepticeye’ McLoughlin, all of whom boast millions of subscribers and massive, long-time fanbases.

Despite this turn of interest, YouTube’s king of vloggers has seen huge success, anyhow, rising to the top of the website to rival iconic names like Mr Beast and Casey Neistat.