Who is Elyse Willems?
Elyse Willems was born on 3 May 1986, in Toronto, Ontario Canada, and is a YouTube personality, best known for being a part of the now defunct company “Game Trailers” as a presenter. Since then, she’s moved to the company Funhaus as a producer and editor, and appears in numerous shows on their YouTube channel.
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The Net Worth of Elyse Willems
How rich is Elyse Willems? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $2 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her wealth has been elevated by her husband who is also a YouTube personality, as he reportedly earns over $360,000 annually. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Education
Very little is known about Elyse’s life before her rise to fame, as she hasn’t shared a lot of details regarding her family, childhood, and education. It is known that she developed a strong love for video games at a young age, which led her to jump at opportunities that would allow her to work in the industry later on.
However, her career path was far from video games when it started out, as after matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Toronto to study for a degree in Political Science and Government. The University of Toronto (UT) was founded in 1827 as King’s College, and was the first institution of higher learning in the colony of Upper Canada. It was previously controlled by the Church of England, but became a collegiate university comprising of 11 colleges and two satellite campuses. The university is known for being the birth place of stem cell research, insulin, deep learning, multi-touch technology, and the first practical electron microscope.
For several years after completing her bachelor’s degree, Willems life was mainly out of the spotlight. She didn’t gain any attention until she decided to start working for the company GameTrailers (GT), a video gaming website which specialized in content related to video games, which released video game trailers, footage of upcoming or released video games, as well as original shows. They did video game reviews, countdown shows, and other web series. In 2005 the company was bought by Viacom, and it led to a television show called “GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley”.
In 2016, the website was shut down, and its brand along with its content were sold to IGN Entertainment. Many of the staff of GT went on to start the publication “Easy Allies”, while its YouTube channel continues to be run under IGN. During her time with the company, Elyse hosted the comedy show entitled “Mandatory Update”, which presents news in a humorous fashion. The show aired on a weekly basis, until later becoming an hour long podcast called Mandatory Update Nights. Rob Slusser also served as a comic relief of the show, before he was fired from the company.
Rooster Teeth’s Funhaus
In 2015, Elyse was hired by the company Rooster Teeth to become a part of their Los Angeles based division called Funhaus. A channel was launched early in the year and featured former cast members of Inside Gaming such as Adam Kovic, Bruce Greene, Matt Peake, and Joel Rubin. Elyse joined the show alongside former IGN host Alanah Pearce. The channel produces gameplay videos similar to “Achievement Hunter”, and also produced segments for “The Know”. Other shows were later introduced, including “Google Trends”, “Demo Disk”, “Wheelhaus”, and “Open Haus”.
Rooster Teeth expanded their efforts to include a live streaming channel called FunhausTV, which streams on YouTube. Elyse also often collaborates with her husband and fellow Funhaus member James Willems, often appearing as a part of his YouTube channel, and at times the duo streams together on Twitch. The two collaborated on a channel called justriggz, playing cooperative games or horror games such as “Until Dawn”. However, they stopped streaming four years ago, due to working on other efforts as well as the rise of the Funhaus streaming channel.
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Elyse is married to James Willems though details about their marriage are scarce. According to her, they met through online chat rooms during the early-2000s and later reconnected through Facebook, then starting a long distance relationship which lasted for four years before their marriage. The two own a pet dog together. She mentioned in an interview that she has one eyebrow higher than the other, which is one of her unique characteristic. She is also a big fan of the Muppets, an ensemble of puppet characters including Kermit the Frog. She is a natural blonde, and her ancestry is Canadian.
Thank you for the new shirt, Brendon T. I love it. Also, you'll be hearing from our lawyer…
… Our lawyer also loves it, and wants to tell you herself! pic.twitter.com/wVKBIQ60vA
— Elyse Willems (@ElyseWillems) August 2, 2019
Similar to numerous YouTube personalities, she is highly active online through accounts on social media. On Instagram she has over 206,000 followers, and uses the platform to post personal photos including her travels and time with friends. She has a lot of photos alongside her husband and their pet dog, and also posts photos from behind the scenes at work, and to recap highlights of her work life. Another account she has is on Twitter on which she has over 230,000 followers, on which she posts photos of her husband and their dog. She uses the platform to promote her advocacies, while also sharing some of her thoughts.