At some point in a recent upload by OutbackZack — a character played by YouTube creator Zack James — the YouTuber, now out of character, furiously declares, “It does not make any sense, for us, the content creators, the people who built this industry from the ground up, from our blood, sweat and tears, for us to bend over backwards and let these networks fuck us in the ass.”
Okay, you’ve got my attention.
In the video titled “ENOUGH OF THE BULLSHIT – #YTnetworks,” James denounces YouTube networks, specifically displaying Machinima and Maker Studios logos. In the tirade, James asks, possibly referring to Maker Studios recent round of fundraising, “What have they done with $40 million dollars worth of funding? Apparently nothing, because these networks are having to fire their employees.” At this point, James is referring to Machinima’s recent round of layoffs, which dismissed 10% of the company.
James’ biggest point of contention lies in what he believes are YouTube networks’ plans to divide the community. “We are losing our community, we are losing who we are,” James says.
The veteran YouTuber commends networks like Fullscreen citing the company’s initiative to put a million dollars into smaller channel marketing. However, he explains, “They are trying to bring something to the table, but the problem is they are bringing it to a table that has been built on bullshit.”
The biggest revelation of the upload occurs when James claims that he has figured out a “network model” that does not rely on AdSense. On Twitter, the YouTuber when asked about the new model explained:
Finally, James explains that he did everything in his power to make sure that people cannot watch his videos anymore. Currently, the official OutbackZack YouTube channel has only one video. The video has over 13 thousand views, and James has received an outpouring support on Twitter. Reddit, per usual, was not as helpful.
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