Popular YouTuber Lannan 'LazarBeam' Eacott has hit back at suggestions he copied Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg in returning to Minecraft, and explained why his fans are “dumb” for suggesting that idea in the first place.
As two of the biggest names on YouTube, Lazarbeam and PewDiePie often set trends when it comes to gaming. From Fortnite to Roblox, and strange game-maker Dreams, both have been dipping their toes into different titles recently.
On March 7, YouTube king Pewds decided it was time to return to his Minecraft world after an extended hiatus. His fans were, of course, ecstatic — his adventures in Mojang’s 16-bit game are among his channel’s biggest hitters.
A week later, LazarBeam said it was "one again time to return to Minecraft," ending his own 105-day hiatus with a new upload. Of course, some fans couldn’t help but point out the video’s timing, and even suggested he had copied PewDiePie.
Eacott regularly interacts with his fans both in his YouTube streaming chat, and in his upload's comments. This time, he was less than pleased with accusations in the comments, and jumped in again to set the record straight.
According to the Click star in a comment on his March 13 video “100 Minecraft Players vs Natural Disasters,” which quickly hit YouTube’s trending list, his plan to return had been in the works for nearly a month before Pewds uploaded.
Not only that, but LazarBeam has also long been a content creator known for his Minecraft videos. He admitted he was a little taken aback his fans thought he was “copying Pewds," and said he had "just felt like playing Minecraft again."
“I've had this video planned for weeks, and I've made 30+ Minecraft videos, but let's just say I'm copying Pewds despite this video being nothing like his,” the YouTuber said, and added a cheeky parting barb: “Some of y'all dumb lmao.”
While LazarBeam may be a little miffed he’s been accused of “copying” the king of YouTube, there’s no animosity between himself and the Swede — he even has a life-sized cardboard cutout of PewDiePie adorning his streaming room.
Likewise, the Aussie YouTuber is known for his blunt, stereotypically-Australian comedy when it comes to replying to his fans so, of course, there’s every chance he’s just having a jab back at the comments in jest as well.
For fans of both content creators too, it's happy days — with Pewds’ long-running series finally returning, and LazarBeam promising "things are going to be bigger and crazy" in his next video, its a great time to be a Minecraft fan.