Who is David Spencer?
David Spencer was born on 29 January 1992, in Halifax, England, and is a YouTube personality, best known for his gaming channel iBallisticSquid in which he posts let’s play videos and tutorials mostly focused on the popular video game “Minecraft”. His consistent uploads and entertaining content has helped in him in gaining millions of subscribers.
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The Wealth of David Spencer
How rich is David Spencer? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $2.3 million, earned through a successful career on YouTube. His online fame has led him to numerous opportunities, including collaborations with fellow gaming YouTubers. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Online Beginnings
Very little is known about David before his rise to fame, with almost no details about his family, childhood, and education. It is known that he grew up with a strong passion for games, and often competed with his friends during his youth. While in college, he gained the nickname Squidward which is a reference to the popular “Spongebob Squarepants” character, due to his grumpy demeanor which often mirrored the character.
He played a lot of “Call of Duty” games during this period, and enjoyed using the ballistic knife often which led him to mix his favorite weapon with his nickname, creating iBallisticSquid – this would be the name he used when he started his YouTube channel in 2012. Around this time, many gaming-focused YouTubers were already gaining fame and wealth through videos of themselves playing video games, with either a serious or a more entertainment-oriented tone. He started off like any other similar gaming YouTuber, posting video game-related content, but his channel started to grow significantly.
Spencer attracted a lot of attention for his entertaining playthroughs of popular games, which helped his subscriber base rise consistently. One of the games that elevated him to YouTube fame is “Minecraft”, a 3-D procedurally-generated open world video game which allows players to explore, craft, fight, and gather resources. There are numerous modes available, and “Minecraft” became known for its use of blocks of varying types. Since its release in 2011, it has received a lot of critical acclaim and awards, and the game itself has become the bestselling video game of all time, selling over 176 million copies on all platforms. The game still has over 90 million active players despite being nearly a decade old.
Squid mentioned that he really enjoyed making games that are sandbox or open-ended. He started to play similar games such as “Skyrim” – the video game created by Bethesda is part of “The Elder Scrolls” series following “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion”. The story revolves around the player’s quest to defeat the dragon, Alduin the World-Eater, who is prophesied to destroy the world if not taken care of. The player then encounters numerous quests and events which transpire in the game’s large open world.
Collaborations and Recent Projects
Throughout the years, David has made content which also started to feature his friends and fellow YouTube personalities. He often plays with AshDubh and Stampylongnose, and their comedic collaborations have earned them more popularity. In 2016, he launched his own game called “Keepy Ducky”, which is available through mobile phones. He worked on the project’s design for two years, and the game has been highly successful with good reviews on both the iOS App Store as well as on Google Play.
In recent months he’s played more recently released games though still uploads “Minecraft” content from time to time. One of the games he’s played a lot in recent months is “Totally Accurate Battle Simulator” (TABS), which allows players to pit various soldiers of varying types against each other to spectate. He also plays a lot of the video game “Fortnite Battle Royale”, which is developed by Epic Games. The free-to-play game has 100 players fighting in an arena to be the last person standing, taking its concept from the popular novel entitled “Battle Royale”. The video game has been highly successful, earning Epic hundreds of millions of dollars per month.
Chavo Dave is out on patrol today… pic.twitter.com/pPolTJeSnk
— Squiddy (@iBallisticSquid) May 18, 2019
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, it is known that Spencer is engaged to former YouTuber named Carly, or Sketchasaurus. She earned a bit of notice through her YouTube channel which focused on sketch and animation, though she has not uploaded any new content for the past three years, putting her focus on other endeavors.
Similar to numerous YouTube personalities, he is highly active online through accounts on social media, particularly on Twitter in which he posts updates about his personal life. He has over 560,000 followers on the website, which promotes his YouTube uploads while also posting some of his day-to-day thoughts. His YouTube account stays active with around five new videos each week, and has gained over four million subscribers. He mentioned that he loves creating YouTube content, and does not plan on stopping any time soon. One of the most enjoyable parts of his job was to wake up every day and try to make his viewers smile. He says that he is happy as long as he knows there is one out there who is smiling at his content.