Who is Jimmy Whetzel?
Jimmy Whetzel was born on 14 May 1997, in New York City USA, and is a YouTube personality, best known for his self-titled channel on which he does reviews, mostly about the “Pokémon” video game franchise as well as their other media. He’s also a member of groups such as Hidden Block and Normal Boots.
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The Net Worth of Jimmy Whetzel
How rich is Jimmy Whetzel? As of mid-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $500,000, earned largely through a successful career on YouTube. His online fame and associations have led him to numerous opportunities, including collaborations, sponsorships, and early access. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
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Early Life and Career Beginnings
There is very limited information when it comes to Jimmy’s life prior to the start of his online career, as he has remained mostly private about this period of his life, with no details regarding his family, childhood and education. He only completed his high school education, and didn’t go on to college. At a young age, he was very passionate about video games, and was obsessed with the “Pokémon” franchise. This led him to try his hand at a potential career on YouTube.
YouTube is a video sharing website owned by Google which bought the website in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The service allows users to upload their own video content for others to view. Viewers can then report, rate, share, comment on, and subscribe to videos or users they enjoy. The website has become a large source of online video media with videos such as video blogs (vlogs), educational videos, television show clips, movie trailers, and more available through the site.
Whetzel started his channel under the name NintendoFanFTW, then due to increasing diversity in his videos later on, he decided to change it to reflect his name. He started out doing reviews of both old and recent “Pokémon” video games. Also known as Pocket Monsters in Japan, the franchise started out as a collaboration between Nintendo, Game Freak and Creators. The franchise centers on fictional creatures known as Pokémon, which humans have learned to catch and train to battle each other for sport.
Since its release, the franchise has become the highest grossing media franchise of all time with over $90 billion in total revenue, with its games being the second best-selling video game franchise behind “Mario”. They have produced a hit anime series, popular mobile games, a top-selling toy brand, and a top-selling trading card game. One of the first games he reviewed on his channel was “Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire”. He later started to do videos on Pokémon facts and trivia, while also sharing some of his opinions. He’s also listed videos often related to Pokémon, though including other games as well.
Other Content and Collaborations
Jimmy would eventually become a part of Normal Boots, a community of internet creators who love gaming and entertainment. Some of the members of the community include PeanutButterGamer, Did You Know Gaming? , The Completionist, and Continue? He also joined another group of creators called Hidden Block which features names such as Brutalmoose, Caddicarus, Yungtown, BalrogTheMaster, and SpaceHamster. The group often collaborates together, and even streams together occasionally.
While Jimmy has put a lot of focus towards his YouTube content, he also streams on a regular basis through the platform Twitch, a live streaming video platform owned by Amazon, created as a spin-off of the general interest streaming platform Justin.tv. Twitch initially focused on video game live streaming, gaining popularity and becoming the main hub for eSports competition broadcasts. Since then, the platform has branched out to include other types of streams, such as in real life (IRL) streams.
It is considered one of the most popular live streaming platforms with over 2.2 million broadcasters monthly, and over 15 million actively using the website on a daily basis. He also does videos and plays other games, as seen from his content, including “Overwatch”, “Animal Crossing”, and “Mario Party”.
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, not much is known in terms of Whetzel’s romantic endeavors. Since the start of his career, there has been a lot of speculation about his sexual orientation, and he openly came out as gay in 2016, making him the second openly gay member of Hidden Blook alongside Brutalmoose.
His favorite movie is “The Avengers” and his favorite cartoon is “Spongebob Squarepants” though he also loves watching “Steven Universe”. His favorite music artist is Nicki Minaj, and he admitted to memorizing some of her rap verses in several of her popular songs. Similar to numerous YouTube personalities and live streamers, he is highly active online through accounts on social media, particularly on Twitter on which he has over 65,000 followers, which often does posts regarding Pokémon, whether he is playing or posting memes.
— Jimmy Whetzel (@JimmyWhetzel) September 7, 2019
He also gives a few updates about his life through the account. In recent years, he’s been more dedicated towards his Twitch stream, as it has proven to be a more consistent source of income compared to his YouTube channel. This is due to the ever changing and stricter policies YouTube has set up when it comes to the monetization of videos, leading many YouTube creators to seek secondary or even primary alternatives.