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How to play Mr Beast’s $25k Finger on the App challenge

Published: 23/Jun/2020 11:39

by Alice Hearing

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Popular YouTuber Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson has launched an app where anyone can compete to win $25,000. The catch? You have to keep your finger on your phone for the longest time.

Mr Beast is known for hosting extreme competitions among his friends for huge amounts of prize money. Often millions of dollars are involved. In the past, Mr Beast has lured his friends into competitions such as ‘Last to leave the circle wins $10,000’, ‘Last to leave revolving door wins $50,000’ and ‘Last to remove hand gets Lamborghini challenge.’ This time, the viewers themselves can take part in a similarly grueling process.

“Finger on the App” was launched by Mr Beast on Monday, June 22, but don’t worry, the competition hasn’t started yet. Right now the app is counting down until the competition actually starts on Tuesday, June 30 at 3 pm EST.

The app currently includes ‘practice mode’, so if you’re deadly serious, you can start training right away. If you succeed in keeping your finger on the app for the longest time, you could win “up to $25,000”.

But of course, this wouldn’t be a stunt pulled by Mr Beast if it didn’t have a few other complications. According to the app’s website, the final amount of money will be voted on by all the other players. So, if you lose and you’re really bitter about it, you can vote for the prize money to be reduced to $0.

It has strict rules: if you leave the app at all, for example, if you have an alarm set, or you get a phone call, you lose. But if you activate your Bluetooth, and you’re within 10 feet (but no closer than 6 feet) of a friend, you both could get up to 3 extra lives. This means that if you lose your streak, you have 10 seconds to put your finger back on the app.

Mr Beast gives away millions of dollars
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MrBeast often gives away millions of dollars as part of his YouTube challenges.

The website’s manifesto suitably makes a mockery of the 21st century ‘glued to your phone’ mindset: “Your phone can provide utterly no utility so long as you play. Finger On The App ties you to your device by the soft pressure of your dominant digit as inexorably as a steel ball and chain, while sealing it beyond your grasp.”

The app is a collaboration between Mr Beast and MSCHF, a company that creates viral internet stunts, and ‘Finger on the App’ will be the company’s 24th project to date. Previous projects include ‘This Foot Does Not Exist’ where the company trained a computer to generate fake foot pictures, and ‘Jesus Shoes’, a pair of trainers with soles filled with ‘holy water.’

The app is only available for Apple users and is not available in all regions.

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Jake Paul claims Disney didn’t fire him after Bizaardvark controversy

Published: 26/Nov/2020 6:37

by Andrew Amos

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Jake Paul has dismissed new claims he was fired by Disney back in 2017 during his stint on sitcom Bizaardvark, addressing the three-and-a-half-year-old controversy in a recent interview.

Jake Paul, while juggling his YouTube and Vine antics back in 2017, was fast-becoming one of Disney’s biggest stars. The then 20-year-old played Dirk Mann on the sitcom Bizaardvark for two seasons.

However, his stay on the set was cut abruptly short in June 2017. He parted ways with the project, and there was a mixed reaction.

Jake Paul on Bizaardvark
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Jake Paul (far-right) played Dirk Mann on Bizaardvark for two seasons.

Back then, Jake Paul said that he and Disney “came to the agreement” to mutually part ways. However, others have claimed the star was fired over a series of controversies, including a news segment that saw neighbours complain about the then-Disney star.

Paul has rubbished those claims though. He doubled down on his initial statement three years ago, saying that he played along with the community sentiment as a joke.

“It’s funny because, for the last three years I’ve sort of ran with everyone saying, “Oh, he got fired,” just because I think it’s funnier to say, “I got fired by Disney,” but in reality it was a mutual decision to split from each other,” he told The Daily Beast.

The decision was purely a business one, according to Paul. He wanted more money, and Disney wasn’t offering it.

“They weren’t paying me enough. I was making millions more — per week — than I was on that show, and it was a mutual decision for us to split up,” he added.

“Everyone I worked with on that show was fantastic, but from a business standpoint it didn’t make sense. I was aging up and wanted more money.”

Jake Paul poses in a car for an Instagram photo
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Jake Paul has managed to grow his career despite his Disney exit in 2017.

Jake Paul has since gone on to grow his career on YouTube, even expanding into boxing the likes of AnEsonGib on a Mike Tyson card, something the younger Paul brother said was the highlight of his life.

However, the real reasoning behind his parting with Disney will always be questioned.