YouTube ace Pat wins univer­sity stud­ies grant

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AKEEN YouTu­ber with a fol­low­ing of more than 27,000 sub­scribers and video views in ex­cess of two mil­lion has been awarded a schol­ar­ship by Edge Hill Univer­sity.

Patrick Ball, 19, from South­port, pro­duces con­tent for and runs his own chan­nel, Post­box­pat.

His videos give tips and guides for Minecraft, a video game which al­lows play­ers to ex­plore and cre­ate new worlds built out of 3D blocks.

The game grew rapidly in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent years and, by Fe­bru­ary 2017, had sold more than 120 mil­lion copies, mak­ing it the sec­ond most pop­u­lar video game of all time, be­hind Tetris.

Much of that growth has been fu­elled by peo­ple like Patrick – who is in his sec­ond year study­ing BA (Hons) mu­sic pro­duc­tion – with video guides watched hun­dreds of mil­lions of times on YouTube.

Patrick said: “I first started pro­duc­ing on­line con­tent around 2012, in­spired by my school friends and other con­tent cre­ators.

“I was al­ways be­ing asked ques­tions about games or would hear oth­ers talk­ing about them, and I imag­ined many other peo­ple out there would be ask­ing the same ques­tions, so de­cided to an­swer them on­line.

“My school friends and I started pro­duc­ing con­tent, which at first was very dry but we all have to start some­where!

“Af­ter about three months most of them had stopped but my­self and a few oth­ers con­tin­ued and here I am to­day with a suc­cess­ful chan­nel which is still grow­ing.”

He said that ex­pe­ri­ence gained on the course has helped him im­prove the au­dio side of his con­tent, in­clud­ing mu­sic and sound ef­fects. “I like my videos to have as pro­fes­sional a fin­ish as pos­si­ble. I edit them us­ing Fi­nal Cut Pro, do my own com­men­tary and pro­duce my own mu­sic.

“I’ve also col­lab­o­rated with oth­ers to pro­duce unique con­tent.”

He is hop­ing to one day reach 100,000 sub­scribers, and re­leases con­tent al­most daily.

He also hopes to set up a YouTube so­ci­ety at Edge Hill, say­ing: “I would love to col­lab­o­rate on videos with other Edge Hill stu­dents.”

Patrick Ball cre­ated and pro­duces the Post­box­pat YouTube chan­nel

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