A YouTuber Comes Back Three Years After Faking His Death
A weird thing about YouTube personalities is that we have no idea who the hell most of these people are. That account posting funny gameplay videos could belong to a Vietnamese grandma, or a dog who learned to use a computer, or someone dealing with a terminal illness. The latter, unfortunately, seemed to be the case with Sketchek, a popular YouTuber making Team Fortress 2 videos.
In 2015, Sketchek announced he had about a year left to live, due to some sort of disease ("a problem with my nervous system"). So he'd understandably decided to spend his final days doing something other than recording himself playing video games. He dropped one last video ...
... and vanished. Fans, teammates, and random people on the internet mourned him. Team Fortress 2's developers even named a new ability after him. Years later, fans were still leaving comments under his old videos just to say how sad they were that he was dead. But don't worry, he got better!
-- Jesus, 33 CE
Wow, did he beat his illness?! Nope, because he never had it. As Sketchek confessed in a February 2019 video, he decided to fake his death because he'd grown bored of TF2 and gaming in general, and none of his other ideas for a final video were attention-grabbing enough. A "best of" montage simply doesn't have the same punch as making your fans admit they cried, you know?
He decided to un-kill himself after three and a half years because he'd started missing the game, and also to say sorry for the whole "making thousands of people feel shitty for absolutely no good reason" thing. Hey, we've all been there, buddy.
Fans took this turn of events ... disturbingly well. It's 2019. "My favorite YouTuber is no longer dead" is what passes for normal now.
A "Sixth-Grader" E-Sports Star Turns Out To Be In High School
No matter how good you are at a game, somewhere in the world is a little kid ready to end you. There's no better example of this than RizArt, a Japanese grade-schooler who drew international attention last November when he broke the Fortnite world record for kills. Usually people with over 30 kills get their own Netflix series and a film starring Zac Efron, but all RizArt got was 100,000 new YouTube subscribers and an invitation to a $500,000 Fortnite tournament. He was fully set up to be the poster child for 12-year-olds trying to convince mom that gaming all day is a good career move.