Disney Acquires Maker Studios

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Disney has acquired YouTube video network Maker Studios. The company has paid $500 million to acquire the outfit, which is best known for carrying the videos made by YouTube star 'PewDiePie.' Last year PewDiePie beat such stars as Miley Cyrus and One Direction to become YouTube’s most watched star in H2 2013.

Maker Studios has 380 million subscribers, receives 5.5 billion monthly views on YouTube, and controls an existing stable of 55,000 YouTube channels. Maker Studios will not be incorporated into Disney’s gaming operations; it will instead report directly to CFO James Rasulo.

"Short-form online video is growing at an astonishing pace and with Maker Studios, Disney will now be at the centre of this dynamic industry with an unmatched combination of advanced technology and programming expertise and capabilities," Disney chairman and CEO Rober Iger stated.

Maker chairman and CEO Ynon Kreiz will continue to run the network.

"Disney is synonymous with the best entertainment and is the ideal partner for us, strengthening our position as the leading player in online video," said Kreiz.

Source: MCV


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Re: Disney Acquires Maker Studios

And I have still never seen a single PewDiePie video.  Maybe one day I'll get around to seeing what all the fuss is about.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Disney Acquires Maker Studios

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFbVKL-Meo0&list=TLIu1tSMeDEa-kezPJleSiR...

Pretty much all of PewDiePie's videos summed up in 7 and a half minutes.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Disney Acquires Maker Studios

that's only true pre-2013 though

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Disney Acquires Maker Studios

Probably still doing that stuff, considering THAT'S what people watch him for. Still better than DarkSydePhil though... but not by much.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Disney Acquires Maker Studios

he stopped the rape-jokes after being told from his own fans that they were offensive (Retsupurae seemed to imply that they simply weren't clever enough)
in fact, when playing the indie game Misao (a 16-bit-style horror-RPG), which had an implied-rape scene (work-safe) in a flashback, he was shocked and sympathetic for the victim character, after the second it took him to realize what went on.

from what I watched*, he also stopped the deal with the barrels after his Mad Father playthrough (though his fans were surprised when he successfully hid amongst them in a game of Gmod Prop Hunt much later)

* I haven't watched too much of his stuff, just the indie RPG-style horror games since The Witch's House up to The Crooked Man, Surgeon Simulator 2013, and his Garry's Mod sessions with other YouTube LPers, who have also played the horror-RPGs.

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

 
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