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Markiplier hits out at book written about him without permission

Published: 8/Mar/2020 9:46 Updated: 8/Mar/2020 10:45

by Joe Craven

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Popular American YouTuber Mark ‘Markiplier’ Fischbach has criticized a biographical book published about him, seemingly without his knowledge or permission.   

Markiplier is one of the biggest names on YouTube, regularly posting a variety of content to his 25 million subscribers. He is also one YouTuber whose success has transcended the platform, as he is regularly seen within ‘mainstream’ forms of media, alongside his online appearances. 

However, it appears that this fame has led to some unwanted coverage, as a book entitled ‘Top Video Gamers in the World – Mark Markiplier Fischbach’ has recently been published – seemingly without the YouTuber’s permission. 

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Markiplier has grown from small-time YouTube gamer to entrepreneur over the last decade.

In a March 7 YouTube video entitled “Someone Wrote a Book About me… Without My Permission?!”, Fischbach criticized the book’s author, Philip Wolny.

Markiplier explained that he’s “not sure” what he’s going to do with regards to the book, but did mention bringing his lawyers into the equation because he’s unsure of the “legality” of writing a book about an individual without their permission. 

What proceeds is a comical dive into Wolny’s book about the YouTube star, in which Markiplier “hunts for the inaccuracies” and calls out Wolny on some of the misinformation in the book.

Among other things, Markiplier calls out the book for already being out of date with regards to his number of total views and subscribers. In fact, the book’s tagline states that Fischbach is a YouTube star with “10 billion+ views”. The figure is now over 12 billion. 

Similarly, Wolny puts Markiplier’s subscribers at roughly 20 million. However, as Fischbach points out, he now sits at upwards of 25 million. 

“I think what happened is they just watched my ‘Draw My Life’,” he said. “Because they’re literally only referencing my ‘Draw My Life’, which at this point is outdated information. I made that video in like 2013.”

The 30-year-old was also critical of the sections relating to his father’s death, describing that he feels someone just “filled in the gaps” and speculated emotions he may have been feeling. 

Markiplier’s frustrations appear to stem from feeling that a large portion of the book is inaccurate and misleading. It remains to be seen what action – if any – the YouTuber will take with regards to the book. 

Gaming

Travis Scott and PlayStation tease new PS5 “Cactus Jack” Nike Dunks

Published: 23/Oct/2020 20:53

by Theo Salaun

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Travis Scott has revealed a new “TS5” teaser with PlayStation, which features a brief glimpse showcasing what appears to be a PS5 and Cactus Jack collaboration on a pair of Nike Dunk lows.

The 2020 king of collaborations, Scott, continues to up the ante. This time, he and Sony partnered to put together a teaser video, which is an obvious ode to the infamous Maxell “Blown Away Guy” advertisements from 1980.

In the social media commercial, Sony’s PlayStation headquarters are shown, followed by a few different employees who represent different aspects of the new console’s development (platform, design, and engineering). Afterward, Scott sits down, powers on a PS5, and is literally blown away.

Each employee is rocking some of Scott’s Cactus Jack merchandise, including one wearing a pair of his iconic Jordan 1 lows and one wearing a similar design, but on a pair of Nike Dunk lows. In the corner, a PS logo can be noticed by the sneaker’s heel.

It’s a short and sweet video, starting with some foreshadowing and teasing of the collaboration before finishing with a direct promotion for the PS5. An employee is seen wearing the PS5 Cactus Jack Dunks and then later, Scott himself appears to be wearing them as he kicks back and turns on the console.

In what might be obvious to those who have a keen eye for historic marketing content, the ending Scott portion of the clip is nearly a direct recreation of Maxell’s original ads from a couple decades ago. Those ads featured someone turning on one of the brand’s cassette tapes and experiencing the media quite physically. 

Similarly, Scott’s clothing, hair, and surrounding furniture are simultaneously hit with an unrelenting gust as soon as he powers on the PS5.

With the announcement from Sony that Scott has been enlisted as a “strategic creative partner,” it’s unclear exactly what the extent of this collaboration could mean. At the very least, fans can expect the two to work together on more projects.

One such project could be a pair of Cactus Jack sneakers, which would mean a three-way collab between Nike, Sony, and Scott’s own personal brand.

TRAVIS SCOTT CACTUS JACK PLAYSTATION NIKE DUNKS
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The outside of the Cactus Jack x PlayStation Nike Dunks.

Scott’s sneaker collaborations typically sell out very quickly and then dominate the resale market, where resellers net huge profits just by lucking out and being among the first to invest in his reworked designs.

This sneaker follows the original Jordan 1 design, with an inverted swoosh logo on the outside, but in a contrasting colorway. Similarly, it seems to feature a PS5 logo at the heel (as other Nike and PlayStation collaborations have). It’s unknown whether these will be made available to the public or if they will be a “friends and family” symbolic release.