From Zero to Hero: Biggest New YouTubers of 2018 Gaming Edition

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Creating content online and getting it noticed can seem like a nearly impossible task. Competing on a platform like YouTube is especially daunting due to the nearly endless influx of people trying to grab their own little bit of internet notoriety -- and cash.

But, that doesn't mean carving out your own space and attracting a solid audience is impossible. It just takes a lot of determination and work. In fact, some YouTubers work so hard at building their audience that in less than a year they're rocking a five- or six-digit subscriber count.

Whatever it is they're doing, these YouTubers are doing it right.

So, with the end of 2018 coming up fast, we thought it appropriate to introduce those of you who may not have come across them yet to some of these fast growing channels. After all, that kind of work deserves recognition.

Logdotzip PE - Minecraft Pocket Edition

When it come to raking in the views, Minecraft is definitely a good way to go about it. Although.. I'm not sure if we should be surprised that Logdotzip PE is doing it with a channel dedicated solely to Minecraft Pocket Edition or not. 

It might seem like it would limit Logdotzip's audience, but often, all that really matters is the quality (and quantity) of the content. This channel has plenty of both with videos covering maps and mods, tips and tricks, and content updates being uploaded to the channel on a nearly daily basis since June.

It also doesn't hurt that Logotzip decided not to go it alone and works with his partner PrestonPlayz to create engaging and informative content.

ELTE Sauk

Okay gang, I'm a little at a loss on how to introduce this next channel. I kinda hate that I feel the need to put a warning here, but here it is. Some of the videos on Sauk's channel are going to be a bit depressing.

Sauk isn't as prolific of an uploader as some of the others here are, but he still deserves recognition for the hard work he's doing. He's 15, still in high school, and recently learned he has a disease called polycythemia (hence the depressing videos), but he still works hard to post Fortnite Battle Royale gameplay videos on a regular basis.

He puts a lot of energy into these videos in order to make them entertaining and takes the time to engage with his viewers on social media, taking questions for Q&A videos and the like.

The amazing thing is that even with everything going on in his life right now, he's managed to grow a sizeable audience in less than six months.  He also streams on Twitch, but YouTube is where he's most active.

Ibe

Because battle royales are all the rage, we're... Well, to be honest, we'll probably have a few BR channels on this list. They're what's booming.

Ibe's channel, which launched back in April, is dedicated to that other popular battle royale, PUBG -- or, rather, PUBG Mobile. (If you're looking to get into YouTubing, mobile content seems like a pretty good bet.)

Billing himself as the "world's GREATEST (worst) and BEST (awful) American (Muslim) PUBG Mobile Sniper of ALL Time (just no)", Ibe's accumulated over 4 million views and 62k subs since he first launched his channel.

Like other game specific channels, his features update summaries, highlights, tutorials, and more. He even covers esports events. For PUBG Mobile fans, Ibe's channel offers plenty of entertaining content.

 dGamerHitman

Well, here we are with yet another channel dedicated to a battle royale. dGamerHitman primarily dedicates his time to a 300-player battle royale named of Rules of Survival from Netease Games. Originally released as a mobile offering, the game launched on Steam earlier this year.

Despite the title not being quite as well-known as Fortnite or PUBG, Rules of Survival  dGamer seems to be doing quite well with it. Since launching his channel in  February, he's accumulated over 88k follwers and counting.

Of course, it may also help that he dabbles in other things from time to time, playing games like the mobile MOBA battle royale Survival Heroes and even giving Tencent's battle royale Ring of Elysium a go.

For fans of the battle royale genre that might be a bit burnt out on Fortnite and PUBG, dGamer's channel is a nice compromise.

Kayla

And now, it's time for something totally different. That's right. Kayla's channel isn't related to battle royales, and it' not Minecraft -- although there is some building involved. We're talking Roblox here.

Since launching their channel  in April, Kayla -- whose videos feature a Roblox character that sounds a bit like Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time -- has managed to attract over 100,000 subscribers.

To be fair, Kayla does seem to have had some help growing the channel, forming a "crew" with other more established YouTubers. Perhaps they're real-world friends.  It doesn't really matter though. In the end, if your content isn't entertaining, you're not going to attract and keep viewers. So Kayla deserves the credit for all that hard work.

Electro

And, we're back to Fortnite. I told you. Fortnite gets all the views -- particularly when the videos involve players trying to take advantage of each other. That's precisely what we have here.

Electro's channel is dedicated to one thing, trolling potential scammers in Fortnite. And, since people love drama, it's a pretty solid niche. It's definitely working for Electro, who's built up a 100k+ following and accumulated over 15 million views. 

Of course, it's not just the drama doing the work. Electro also makes solid use of the community features on YouTube, interacting with viewers whenever possible. Sometimes that's what it's all about.

The Gumball Gaming

Finally, we have a channel dedicated to a little bit of everything -- only guaranteed to be in 1080p and with a dash of The Amazing World of Gumball AMVs thrown into the mix. Honestly, some people may be subscribing just for the music videos alone.

Seriously, though. Gumball is all over the gaming content, uploading everything from Red Dead Redemption 2  and Fallout 76 to Grand Theft Auto 5 mods. And yes, there's Fortnite videos too.

With Gumball's channel, there's something new (and different) almost every day. So viewers have a reason to keep coming back. And they do, too. Currently the channel boasts more than 23 million views, a pretty big number for a channel that's been around less than a year and is part of such a competitive space.

And there we have it, some of the fastest growing, gaming specific channels to hit YouTube this year.

Growing a YouTube channel isn't easy. It takes hard work, dedication, creativity (possibly a willingness to give up sleep in order to get that perfect game clip). These YouTubers have all of that and more.

For those of you who might be looking to grow your own channel, theirs are certainly worth taking a look at to see what they're doing right. Plus, it's just entertaining content.

And, if you haven't gotten enough new YouTube gamers in your life, be sure to check out our list of the Best Obscure YouTubers for Gamers in 2018. It'll be worth the time.

Published Oct. 30th 2018

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Quintlyn is a freelance content creator currently working who also writes for MMOBomb. Formerly, she held the position of General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of Gamebreaker.tv. Quintlyn loves JRPGs, dungeon crawlers, and platformers, although she's an avid MMO fan as well. She can occasionally be found streaming here: https://mixer.com/Miscreation-Q

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