KEEMSTAR explains why Friday Fortnite & Minecraft Monday are canceled for now

Published: 7/Oct/2019 23:18 Updated: 8/Oct/2019 11:02

by Isaac McIntyre


YouTube superstar Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR‘ Keem has announced the cancelation of his popular weekly tournaments Friday Fortnite and Minecraft Monday, which saw streamers and pro players go head to head in the games’ public lobbies.

The announcement comes hours after October 7’s Minecraft Monday was sent spiraling into chaos thanks to a hacker destroying the server, though KEEMSTAR revealed that it was a financial decision, rather than a spur of the moment choice following the drama.

Instead, Keem explained that although he likes “putting on a show for the community” and loved organizing the two weekly events, the fact that it earns too little money has seen it plod along on a “shoestring budget” for the past few months.

UMG / Epic GamesFriday Fortnite has embedded itself as one of the most popular regular Fortnite tournaments.

“There’s this misconception that I’m making thousands and thousands, millions of dollars off these tournaments,” the weekly-event mogul said in a video shared on Twitter. “No, no, people don’t understand that the amount of work to organize something like this is insane.

Because of the lack of money, Keem felt the events had been suffering in quality, and explained that he wanted viewers to have the best possible experience while watching their favorite stars battle it out once or twice a week.

“Frankly, we’ve been cutting so many corners on Minecraft Monday, like money should be spent here and there, and same with Friday Fortnite, and the reason we don’t spend the money and put money into it is we’re not making any money!” he said.

KEEMSTAR revealed that there was still a future for the Fortnite and Minecraft events, however. Though he didn’t name the companies vying for a chance to helm the weekly tournaments, the YouTuber confirmed there were a few investors waiting in the wings.

“What’s happening now is that I have two companies, maybe three, that are fighting over taking over my tournaments and replacing UMG, and they’re offering some crazy money,” he said.

“Last Friday and today’s Minecraft Monday could have been way better if I had money so I feel like it’s stupid to keep doing these events on a shoestring budget, when in a couple of months I would have a lot of money, could even raise the prize pool, and I might actually get paid for putting all this work into doing these tournaments!”

MOJANGKEEMSTAR said he wants to make his Minecraft and Fortnite events as great as they can be.

The YouTuber also offered up a vague return date for when viewers and fans could once again watch the ever-popular events – sometime in November.

“I’m thinking the return of Minecraft Monday and Friday Fortnite will be in November. Also, there’s some brand new games that we’re working on tournaments with, that’s going to come out in the future as well,” he confirmed.

“I want to hold on this now because I don’t want to do this on a shoestring budget, I want this that you guys love and cherish, and that’s why I’m doing it – for you. Right now it’s not getting the vibe that I want it to.”

KEEMSTAR, TwitterKEEMSTAR revealed two or three companies are looking to invest in the weekly events.

This isn’t the first time the event has been dropped into a hiatus either. Back in August, Fortnite Friday found itself shelved during Epic’s Trios qualifiers, a move Keem was quick to slam the game publishers for.

While there are no hard and fast dates for fans to expect a return, KEEMSTAR’s promises seem to confirm bigger and better events on the horizon, and potentially a whole new as-yet-unconfirmed game entering the roster – World of Warcraft Wednesdays, anybody?


James Charles sparks heated beef with rapper Asian Doll over makeup artist fees

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:17

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube star and makeup mogul James Charles has started some unexpected beef with rapper Asian Doll after she made a divisive tweet over the price some makeup artists charge for their work.

James Charles is known for getting into the occasional Twitter spat with high-profile celebrities; in August 2020, the YouTuber called out music artist Alicia Keys for her then-unreleased skincare line, which he mistakenly interpreted as another celebrity cash-grab in the makeup biz. (This was not the case.)

Now, it seems that Charles has struck up a feud with none other than Dallas-based rapper Asian Doll — the first female rapper to be signed to Gucci Mane’s very own record label, 1017 Eskimo Records.

It all started over a post Asian Doll made on January 15, where she took issue with makeup artists charging hefty fees for their services.


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“If you charge over $150 to do a face of makeup, you can go to hell, respectfully,” she wrote.

Charles was quick to clap back: “What a stupid tweet. One foundation can cost $50, artists have to buy EVERY SHADE for their kit, & thats just the first step…Either pay an artist’s rate for their time & skill, do it yourself, OR get it done at a counter and risk looking busted.”

It seems that Charles’ reply has sparked an avalanche of backlash against him from Asian Doll’s fans, with many accusing him of overstepping his bounds.

Charles has apparently messed with the wrong rapper, as Asian Doll was also quick to fire shots at the beauty guru in a series of additional tweets.

“What a dumb a** to be in my business replying to something that has absolutely nothing to do with you. I’m having a debate about HOOD PRICES baby, stay over there in HOLLYWOOD where they having you looking GHOST,” she wrote — most likely referring to the infamous photo of James Charles wearing foundation several shades lighter than his natural skin tone.

“Literally stop robbing the poor,” the rapper added in a now-deleted reply. “All I’m saying is people shouldn’t have to pay over $150 for a face, DATS IT!”

It seems that Asian Doll’s post has stirred up quite the debate regarding the value and pricing of makeup artists’ time and work in her comments section — but James’ involvement in the conversation has sparked another kind of conversation, altogether.