I’m going to start off this blog post by iterating that I am in no way, shape, or form a gaming expert. My gaming knowledge goes as far as Mario Kart for Wii and Sims 3. While I am not a huge gamer, there are plenty of people out there who are.
In fact, the most subscribed YouTuber, PewDiePie, has over 54 million subscribers on his channel which is dedicated to gaming. PewDiePie does have vlogs and sit down videos where he chats about anything and everything, but a majority of his channel is made up of gaming videos. A majority of his videos have at least a million views, and the total views for all of his videos are over 15 BILLION.
Each of his gaming videos involve him playing the game while his reaction video plays simultaneously in the corner. While PewDiePie is the most popular channel in general, he is not the only gamer on YouTuber.
YouTube actually has a channel called “Gaming” where they post videos from various YouTubers that play different games. With over 77 million subscribers, YouTube viewers from around the world can watch videos from different creators about different games that they’re interested in.
As a non-gamer, the gaming community on YouTube is quite foreign to me. It seems strange to watch people play games, when you could play them yourself. Perhaps it helps viewers learn strategies for when they actually play the games? I do understand the idea of the YouTubers that play the games showing their personalities while talking through the games.
My own friends question what I watch on YouTube when they see me watching a vlog where one of my favorite YouTubers is doing practically nothing. In fact, a lot of YouTube vloggers that I enjoy watching have actually created gaming channels to supplement their other channels. Once they build up enough of a following, people are interested enough to watch them play games online. Two of my favorite British vloggers, Alfie Deyes and Joe Sugg, each have YouTube gaming channels with almost 2 million subscribers each (their main channels have 5 and 7 million subscribers, respectively).
Although I am not a gamer myself, I can appreciate the gaming community within YouTube. It truly shows that there are so many niche communities within YouTube, so each person can find something that interests them.