Technoblade, a YouTube personality who built millions of followers with witty comments on videos of himself playing Minecraft, has died, his father announced in a video posted on his account. of his son.
More than 11 million subscribers have made it a habit to watch Technoblade’s screen recordings of Minecraft as he makes comments off-camera. While he usually focuses on what’s happening in the game, in some videos he describes life events as mundane like getting to the DMV or as devastating as receiving a cancer diagnosis.
One video titled “very long nerd” was posted on Technoblade’s YouTube channel on Thursday and has been viewed more than 26 million times as of Friday afternoon, deviating from the channel’s usual aesthetic of colorful blocks. Instead, a man claiming to be Technoblade’s father appeared, sitting on a chair against a completely white background with a small white dog in his lap.
His father, who did not give his name, read a message from his son that began: “Hi, everyone. Technoblade here. If you’re watching this, I’m dead. “
The message goes on to reveal Technoblade’s name, Alex, which he doesn’t use online. The video also features some photos of Alex with loved ones. He rarely shows himself in his YouTube videos, instead he prefers to present himself as his avatar: a pig with a crown, wielding a sword.
“If I had one hundred more lives, I think I would choose to be Technoblade again,” Alex’s letter read. “Those were the happiest years of my life.”
His father, who remained emotional throughout the video, said he and his son talked for months about whether to shoot the final video. Instead, Alex decided to write the letter and died about eight hours after writing it, his father said.
“I don’t think he said everything he wanted to say, but I think he got the main points,” he said.
The video ends with a text attributed to Alex’s mother, who has not been named. She writes that her son avoids personal fame and low self-esteem, even as his channel skyrockets in popularity.
“From the very first days of Technoblade online, he has always devised a strategy to delight and reward his audience, handing out prizes online, encouraging good sportsmanship and above all, sharing share her Minecraft adventures for fun and laughter,” she wrote.
Alex’s family could not be reached on Friday. Hypixel, a game company in partnership with Technoblade, said the family asked not to forward requests for comment to them. Don Pireso, the company’s chief administrator, said in a direct message on Twitter: “The video they shared contains all the information they are comfortable sharing at this time.
Alex publicly admitted his cancer diagnosis for the first time in a video posted on his channel in August. Like the others, the video shows the game while he talks to the camera. He still maintains the same cocky, humorous, non-aggressive style. He also revealed his age at the time, 22.
In the video, he describes how the first round of chemotherapy left him so exhausted that he could barely sit up for a virtual doctor’s appointment. He then joked: “Sit on a chair, am I Superman?”
He said he was diagnosed after experiencing severe pain in his arm. He initially assumed it was a repetitive stress injury from playing video games, but even after a few days of rest, he said, his shoulder “swollen like crazy.”
He also begged people to get a Covid-19 vaccine, saying cancer treatments had weakened his immune system, putting him at greater risk of serious illness from the coronavirus.
“I will continue to speak on behalf of all cancer patients when I say that it is extremely frustrating that hospitals are being overworked by people dying from preventable diseases,” he said. said in the video. “I’m just saying, we died in those hospital beds.”
On social media, Technoblade’s friends and fans praise him for his sense of humor and for being a role model among Minecraft players.
Minecraft is unlike most games because its owner, Microsoft, does not control the servers where players meet online. Instead, players can create their own servers or join servers created by others, creating a vast network of worlds in the Minecraft universe.
Hypixel, which runs a network of Minecraft servers, says it created a digital keepsake book for people to write messages that will be printed and sent to Technoblade’s family. The company’s dedication featuring Technoblade’s pig avatar illustration as a statue. “In many ways, the success of many of us is tied to the success of Technoblade,” the company said.
One of Technoblade’s friends, Youtuber Thomas Simons, better known as TommyInnit, described him on Twitter as a “legend.”
“I just know,” wrote Mr. Simons, “he’s strategizing in heaven on how to defeat God.”
Claire Fahy contribution report.