Paul revealed his proposition in a video on January 24, where he encouraged his fanbase to follow Ninja on Twitch.
However, that wasn’t the end of his scheme; Paul likewise announced that he had created a short commercial for the 2019 Super Bowl, which he will submit within 72 hours – should his video on the subject gain over 500,000 likes in the interim.
Paul himself called his commercial “one of the worst Super Bowl commercials of all time.”
The twenty second ad appears to have been filmed with a handheld camera, and features Paul acting as Ninja in front of a PC setup, urging viewers to subscribe to his channel while dramatic music plays in the background.
Paul’s plan lines up with a similar idea thrown out by popular YouTuber Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson, who toyed with the same concept in regards to YouTube king ‘PewDiePie’s’ race against Bollywood label T-Series for the most subscribers on the platform.
Currently, Ninja boasts over 13 million followers on Twitch, while Tfue sits at over four million followers. In comparison, PewDiePie is just over 300,000 subs above T-Series as of January 24 – a narrow gap in contrast to Ninja’s wide lead over Tfue, which Paul called a “all-out war” in his video on the topic.
A Pokemon Trading Card Game livestream ended in disaster after it was quickly discovered that the booster packs were fake. The YouTube channel spent over $375k on the 1st Edition base set box, only for it to be resealed.
Despite making its debut in 1999, the Pokemon TCG has exploded in popularity over the past two years. The hobby hit an all-time high in October when influencer Logan Paul opened a base set booster box he paid $216k for while livestreaming.
However, things didn’t work out as well for another YouTube channel who paid $375k for the same item. The livestream unboxing of the rare collectible quickly turned tragic when it was discovered that the TCG item was actually fake.
The rare sealed 1st Edition booster box was actually fake.
Rare Pokemon TCG box opening ends in complete disaster
The event was hosted by YouTube channel ‘Dumb Money Live’ and included popular Pokemon content creators such as Lee ‘Leonhart’ Seinfeld. The rare 1st Edition base set booster box was bought for a record-breaking $375 through Logan Paul’s collectible trader ‘Collectables Guru.’
“The owner of the box supposedly bought three boxes when he was a child. They sat in the gun safe the entire time,” the Pokemon dealer explained. However, they quickly realized something was amiss after breaking the seal. Several booster packs were different colors, and some weren’t even 1st Edition.
“Oh no. That is a major f**king deal!” Guru exclaimed. The personality opening the box then revealed the problem: “It’s not even base set cards, these are Jungles! Wow. This is a resealed box. It’s random!”
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Upset, Collectable Guru called up the seller and explained that the box was resealed. “We opened the box literally live and they’re resealed packs. There is like base set 2 mixed in, half of them are 1st Edition. But they are all resealed, this is absolutely unacceptable. How is this going to be taken care of immediately?”
Stunned by the whole thing, Leonhart stood by and said, “Oh my gosh, I was not expecting that.” Guru came back and updated the group and explained that the seller had two other boxes that they were going to open first before bringing them back to the YouTubers.
The YouTubers were floored after the rare Pokemon box was fake.
To add salt to the wound, the box opening was done on stream for charity. Dumb Money Live gave an update and addressed the situation a day later stating: “I don’t know a single person in my network that hasn’t been defrauded as an investor. You have to give sellers a benefit to make this right.”
At the time of writing, the situation has not been entirely rectified. The channel will open a booster pack on October 30 live to verify that the second box is actually real. However, it appears that if this one is fake as well, the seller claims they will refund the content creators their $375k.