YouTube ace Pat wins university studies grant
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.”