GETTING PAID FOR PLAYING FIFA?!
If you’ve ever typed a football team’s name into YouTube’s search engine, you will probably have stumbled across a video of someone at home, playing as them on FIFA. “What a lot of people don’t understand is how seriously integrated into football things like FIFA and Football Manager are to younger fans,” says Spencer Owen, AKA Spencer FC, star of the FIFA- heavy YouTube channel. “That doesn’t mean I just sit there and start shouting about how I’m losing a game; I like to talk about real football as I do it. If I’m buying a player on a game, I will also mention what things I know about him in real life.” If you think this all sounds like a piece of cake, think again. “We release a brand new video every single day,” Spencer explains to FFT. “For every two hours of FIFA, there will be at least another three or four hours of editing. Until the back end of last year, I went more than a whole year without having a holiday!” Not that he’s complaining. Spencer’s status has helped him rub shoulders with some of football’s real stars. “I’ve got a series called ‘Selfie Squad’ in which I can only use players that I’ve met in real life,” Spencer says. “It’s becoming a star-studded team, slowly but surely, including Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Teddy Sheringham. I have also done a thing called the Wembley Cup, in which we put a team of YouTubers together and actually played a game at Wembley Stadium. It got a crazy amount of views – we put together 10 episodes and over the whole series it reached 45 million. “In football environments I get recognised quite a lot, but it’s a good level of popularity because YouTube is big but it’s niche. I can go down the street during uni hours and no one will know who I am – but if I go to some events I feel like Brad Pitt!”
It was once a crazy dream, but YouTube has made it a reality