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Mr Beast reveals how he more than doubled YouTube subscribers in 2019

Published: 4/Jan/2020 17:44

by Connor Bennett

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YouTube challenge extraordinaire Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson has summed up his insane year of 2019 on the platform, revealing how he managed to double his subscriber count.

When it comes to challenges and incredibly viral videos on YouTube, there’s perhaps nobody who had a bigger year than Mr Beast. The generous content creator kicked the year off by giving away a few thousand dollars in each video before building it up to an incredible end.

On the eve of Christmas 2019, Donaldson capped off his year by giving away $1 million dollars in a who can keep a hand on the money challenge. That climax of the year cemented him as one of the biggest YouTuber’s around, but his stats for the year really paint an incredible picture. 

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MrBeast has a taken on a Santa Claus-esque persona all year round.

With his first upload of 2020, ‘2019 Was The Craziest Year Ever’, Mr Beast showed how he managed to more than double his sub count – amassing over 15,000,000 new subs in the last year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the YouTuber managed to do it by coming up with innovative and increasingly ridiculous challenges that viewers clearly wanted to watch.

Thanks to SocialBlade, a website that tracks social media stats, you can really see where his growth came. The YouTuber started January 2019 with nearly 13.5 million subscribers, but by the time the middle of the year came around, he had already surpassed 22 million – gaining an additional seven million towards the end.

However, the YouTuber has already promised to kick it up a notch in the new year. “If you thought 2019 was crazy, I can’t wait for you to see what we have in 2020,” he said, closing out his recap.

Just what Mr Beast and his cast of friends have up their sleeves for 2020, though, remains to be seen – but he will have to go some way to beat his 2019.

Maybe, just maybe, he’ll be able to pull off a successful version of his ‘last to leave the rollercoaster’ challenge by throwing his friends onto something a little more high speed than last time.

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Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”

 

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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”