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Mr Beast ‘gifts’ 1 million YouTube subs after insane 33-hour challenge

Published: 7/Sep/2020 13:15

by Andy Williams

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YouTube star Jimmy ‘MrBeast’ Donaldson has topped his usual antics, by giving a subscriber over one million subscribers after completing an insane 33-hour challenge. 

Mr Beast is YouTube’s answer to a philanthropist. Having donated over one million dollars worth of food to food banks in the United States and setting up multiple families with homes — among a long list of crazy challenges — the YouTuber isn’t shy of dishing out the cash.

But as part of his most recent challenge, the YouTuber wasn’t offering a cash prize per se. Instead, he was offering the winner free promotion of their YouTube channel.

So it’s perhaps fitting that, in order to earn recognition for their channel, that the challenge revolved around latching onto Mr Beast’s very own Diamond Play Button. Four ‘small’ YouTubers, last one to let go wins… Sounds simple, right?

MrBeast Lamborghini challenge.
MrBeast (YouTube)
Mr Beast doesn’t do things by halves when it comes to his extravagant challenges.

Mr Beast’s Gold Play Button challenge

Being a Mr Beast challenge, of course there were some added ‘complications’ during the challenge. After all four of the contestants were firmly holding their ground, Karl Jacobs’ car had to pay the price as bait — and it worked a treat, as one of the YouTubers took their hand off the glass pane in a moment of madness.

After increasing the height of the Diamond Play Button’s box off the ground, the three remaining contenders had to hold onto both a Silver and Gold Play Button with their other hand, while also standing behind a duct tape line.

31 hours into the challenge, the third YouTuber stepped over the tape and was therefore disqualified. Two hours later, the second was also disqualified for the same reason. Leaving the winner, Zealous, with his grand prize — a whopping 33 hours after starting the challenge.

Before the video went live, Zealous had a sizable 49,900 subscribers on his YouTube channel. Since then, he’s gained over 1.5 million subscribers, and is currently sitting on 1.65 million at the time of writing.

While the challenge was no doubt gruelling, Zealous is now reaping the reward and is well on his way to hitting over two million subscribers.

The other YouTubers didn’t walk away empty handed, though, since the two that surpassed the 30-hour mark were gifted $10,000 in cash for their efforts.

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Twitch accused of hypocrisy after permanently banning streamer for their account age

Published: 24/Jan/2021 18:10 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 18:14

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After streamer AverageHarry was permanently banned because his account was created when he was under 13, Twitch viewers have pointed out that other streamers in a similar position have not faced the same consequences.

Twitch regularly faces scrutiny over their moderation decisions and bans for streamers, which often spark confusion over what exactly the rules allow.

The DMCA drama from October left many big streamers stripping their channels of content in fear of a takedown, and Twitch’s TOS policy change that restricted the use of words like ‘simp’ left streamers in fear of breaking the rules unintentionally.

15-year-old streamer AverageHarry was denied Twitch partnership earlier in January due to the fact that he made his account before the age of 13, after waiting 72 days for a response to his application.

While that was already a pretty tough blow, things were made worse when, on January 23, he was perma-banned. He clarified on Twitter that: “I am allowed to make another account, but I have just lost nearly 90k followers.”

But now Twitch users are noticing some inconsistencies in Twitch’s decision to ban Harry, as popular streamers, with millions of followers, also made their account when under 13 – but have not faced bans.

One user pointed out that hugely popular 16-year-old streamer TommyInnit had his account when he was only 11, but has not faced the same issues in terms of partner status and bans. The user called it “gross hypocrisy” from Twitch.

Tommyinnit’s Twitch account was made when he was 11 years old. Gross hypocrisy from Twitch or what? from r/LivestreamFail

Another commenter pointed out that several Fortnite streamers are all in a similar position, with some of them having likely started their accounts when they were under the age of 13. Streamer ONSCREEN highlighted a list of streamers with millions of followers, all of whom made accounts when younger than 13 – some as young as 10.

If Twitch followed through on bans for all of the streamers who made their account when they were below 13, even if they have since surpassed that age, it would certainly spell bad news for a lot of large communities on the site.

However, it is also possible that there are conditions within the Twitch TOS that are accounting for these discrepancies, meaning some streamers are still permitted to keep their account according to the rules, even if they made their account before the age of 13.

The reason for the 13-year-old age limit is linked to COPPA laws, which aim to protect young people online. In 2019, Google and YouTube had to pay a record $170 million to settle allegations of COPPA laws.

Harry revealed that he only signed up for Twitch two months before he turned 13, saying: “I spent 2 years and nearly 2000 hours streamed just for it to be taken away because I signed up 2 months early.”

Fans of Harry are now looking to Twitch for answers regarding the confusing situation.

AverageHarry makes new Twitch account

As he was allowed to do, AverageHarry has now made a new Twitch account, and asked for his fans to follow him there.

Within 24 hours of opening the account, he has already accrued 3,700 followers, and will be gunning to hit five figures soon. But, getting back to his original 90,000 will prove a challenge.