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Drift0r Vents His Frustration at Fortnite YouTube Clickbait

Published: 1/May/2018 20:02 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 13:06

by Calum Patterson

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One of the most popular gaming YouTubers, Brad “Drift0r” Overbey has explained his growing frustration with the state of Fortnite related YouTube content, particularly the issue of clickbait.

Drift0r, who is perhaps best known for his Call of Duty related videos, has like many other gaming channels shifted focused partially on to the hottest topic in games right now – Fortnite Battle Royale.

Fortnite of course is currently the most popular game in the world currently, both in terms of the number of people playing, as well as the number of people watching content (live streams, YouTube videos etc.).

And the chief concern with many of these content creators is shifting, according to Drift0r, from being focused on important updates, interesting gameplay and news, to simply generating as many views as possible – without any real information or anything related to the title or thumbnail included.

This obviously is not a new phenomenon birthed with the emergence of Fortnite, clickbait has been an issue on YouTube for years, but Drift0r sees the problem as worsened with the battle royale game.

In the most recent Dexerto Talk Show, Drift0r explains that the audience of Fortnite YouTube content seem much more willing to put up with clickbait than in other communities.

“I legitimately do not watch Fortnite YouTube, I do not participate in it, because my anger levels literally can’t handle it because of the amount of clickbait or fake content.

Fortnite is a very special animal. Because in almost any other gaming community, that would run its course. You could do a couple of clickbait videos, and it’s done.

The Fortnite community does not seem to care at all, what the content of the video is, as long as it has some Fortnite in it. All of the title, the thumbnail, the periphery, the content or lack thereof does not matter.

I could make a video tomorrow called ‘Dinosaurs in Fortnite’, and I can talk about nothing in the video – and not many people care. You can’t do that in CoD, you can’t do that in League of Legends, you can’t do it for Rainbow 6 or Overwatch or even Minecraft.”

He also made his feelings more concise via Twitter.

With such a sharp increase in popularity for a single game, it is possible that this content will eventually fizzle out, however it certainly has become a serious problem for those in search of actually informative videos about Fortnite.

Drift0r still posts Fortnite content regularly, but you can rest assured you will not be subject to any nasty clickbait while browsing through his uploads.

You can watch our full interview with Drift0r below, with discussion of Fortnite clickbait at around the 1:30 minute mark.

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Mr Beast struggles through ridiculous 24-hour ice house challenge

Published: 30/Oct/2020 5:33 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 5:47

by Brad Norton

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Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson is no stranger to over the top challenges but his latest video was one of the most difficult he’s ever filmed, as he struggled to endure 24 hours in a house made completely of ice.

While Mr Beast loves to giveaway crazy prizes to competitors, friends, and even just strangers on the street, he also loves a good challenge. From 24 hours in a prison to surviving on a deserted island, the popular YouTuber has done just about everything.

Looking to push the boundaries even further, his latest task was to endure the freezing cold for a full day. It wasn’t just a cold room with the air conditioning cranked, it was an entire house made of ice. Brick by brick the structure fully was completely encased in ice to keep Mr Beast as cold as possible.

Everything from the chairs to the toilet was also frozen solid. Mere hours into the attempt it had quickly become “one of the harder challenges [he’s] ever done.”

Mr Beast Ice house challenge
YouTube: Mr Beast
A few hours into the challenge and Mr Beast had to start getting regular checks to ensure he wasn’t in proper danger.

So what was the motive to remain in the ice house? If Mr Beast survived all 24 hours, his closest friends would have to cover themselves “in syrup and feathers” in public. On the other hand, if he left early, the same punishment would be applied.

After a few hours of pacing back and forth to keep his body active, he bargained for a pair of gloves. A nearby crew member handed them over and agreed to a $10,000 deal to be Mr Beast’s “spy” throughout the challenge.

This was certainly one of the more unique challenges on the channel as the gimmick never let up. Mr Beast was even forced to eat a stack of pancakes with a fork made entirely of ice. At the 12 hour mark, he conceded that “it was brutal.”

“Literally the coldest I’ve ever been in my entire life,” he said after the fact. “I was miserable.” Despite the odds being stacked against him and his friends trying to make the challenge even harder, he pushed through to the very end.

Days after revealing his most expensive video ever, it turns out this rather simple challenge was quite costly as well. 

“This video cost me around $300,000 to make. For the price that it cost me to build an ice house, I could have bought a real house.”