Mr Beast reveals “terrifying” cost to keep making YouTube videos

Published: 26/Jul/2020 23:18 Updated: 26/Jul/2020 23:34

by Brent Koepp


In an interview with Anthony Padilla, Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson explained why the insane amount of money he spends on videos is starting to become scary. The young philanthropist told the Smosh creator that he’s dropped over $3 million dollars on his content for August.

In many ways, YouTube in 2019 could be defined by the rise of Mr Beast. The 22-year-old exploded in popularity on the platform after captivating audiences with his charitable giveaways and mind-blowing challenges.

However in an interview on July 24 with Anthony Padilla, Donaldson explained how the rising cost of making his content has become “terrifying.” The star revealed his drive to “one-up” his previous videos now costs him millions.

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Mr Beast sat down with legendary YouTuber Anthony Padilla in a July 24 interview.

Mr Beast reveals cost of making content

During the interview, Mr Beast opened up to Padilla about his constant drive to always make his latest video bigger than his last one. The star explained that he had spent over $3 million dollars on his upcoming videos.

“Looking at our books, I think next month we’re gonna spend around $3 million dollars on videos. That’s going to be my most expensive month to date,” he said. Shocked, the Smosh creator joked, “A low-budget film every month with the amount of money you are putting into it!”

Donaldson then revealed that insane expense costs have become scary. “It’s actually kind of terrifying because once it goes up, once you have a two million dollar month, now like a three million, it’s like can we afford that? We good? I think we’re good.”

When Padilla asked him about what the hardest part about staying relevant on YouTube is, the star exclaimed, “The hardest part for me was getting relevant! It took like five years to get like anywhere. And the entire time, every week I was just like ‘Should I just quit? Am I wasting my time?'”

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However, the 22-year-old did not give up, and in 2018 saw a rapid climb in views and subscribers. His channel exploded in growth in 2019 after taking the lead in the epic PewDiePie vs T-Series feud.

The content creator also became a worldwide name when he launched his Team Trees initiative to plant 20 million trees. The viral campaign even got celebrities like Tesla CEO Elon Musk to donate to the cause.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.