Ali-A

Ali-A, born November 6, 1993, is one of the most widely recognized YouTube stars from Britain, all thanks to his commentaries and vlogs on the “Call of Duty” and “Fortnite” video game series. A decade into public life, Ali-A has amassed millions of fans and also made appearances on popular television shows, while also earning the “Guinness Book of World Records” for “Most Popular Call of Duty Channel by Subscribers.” Celebrate the birthday of the record-breaking online media star right here with some interesting insights into his life.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Alastair Aiken

Nickname:

Ali-A, Matroix

Birth date:

November 6, 1993

Age:

30

Zodiac Sign:

Scorpio

Height:

6' 3"

Relationship Status:

Married

Net Worth:

$3 million

Alastair's Social Media:

Background

One of the most popular British YouTube stars, Ali-A was born Alastair Aiken in Surrey, United Kingdom. His sun sign is Scorpio. While there is little information about his family in the public domain, it is known that he has a younger brother, named Simon. He went to a local school in his neighborhood and was subject to bullying by fellow students. He dropped out to pursue a full-time career in gaming after being introduced to it by friends. In the initial days, he played “Mario Kart” and “Super Smash Bros,” before discovering “Call of Duty.” Pursuing his love for gaming for a career, Ali-A went on to start a YouTube channel, originally called “Matroix,” in 2006, but it was only in 2009 that he began uploading the first videos to the channel, which focused on commentary and live-streaming of his plays of “Call of Duty” and “Fortnite.” One of his videos then went viral, propelling him to fame. By 2013, he had amassed one million followers on YouTube and was signed on by the YouTube multi-channel network Polaris. That same year, he went on to launch his second YouTube Channel — “More Ali-A.” This second channel saw him expand his themes to wider areas such as travel, reaction videos, and family-friendly games like “Minecraft,” “Pokemon 3D,” and “Clash of Clans,” among others. The channel also became widely popular, acquiring seven million followers. In 2014, he hosted some gaming shows and also made guest appearances on television shows.

The year 2015 was a momentous one in his career as Ali-A found himself in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for “Most Popular Call of Duty Channel by Subscribers” and “Most Popular Call of Duty Channel by views.” These were followed by a further two entries for “The Tallest Staircase Built on Minecraft in One Minute” and “Most Blocks of Wood Collected in Three Minutes on Minecraft.” These records further bolstered his popularity and he was acknowledged even in the media as a star. Also in 2015, he starred in “Legends of Gaming Live” on YouTube with fellow gamers. In 2016, “Business Insider” placed him in the ninth position among the most popular British YouTube stars. Then, in 2017, he co-authored a book “Ali-A Adventures: Game On.” 2018 saw him start a third YouTube channel with his partner Clare Siobhan — “Clare & Ali.” He launched his fourth YouTube channel — “Ali-A Plays” — in 2020, which is focused specifically on Call of Duty. In 2022, Ali-A announced that he was collaborating with YouTube for “uTure,” a global talent show for influencers, which he will also host.

With over five billion views on his first YouTube channel, Ali-A’s popularity stems from his attempt to develop content that is in sync with his fans, who go by the collective name of “Ali-A Army.” To date he has earned five Guinness World Records, He has also partnered with brands such as Monster, Kontrol Freek, Elgato Gaming, and others. He also owns an online store where he sells merchandise under the brand name “Ali-A”. At the same time, he is also known for supporting philanthropic causes, including youth development programs and cancer benefits. He is married to Clare Siobhan and resides in London.

Career timeline

2006
The First YouTube Channel

Ali-A launches the channel, now known as “Ali-A,” where he logs his commentary on the “Call of Duty” and “Fortnite” video games.

2013
The Second YouTube Channel

Ali-A launches a second channel, “More Ali-A,” with a focus on family-friendly games, is launched, earning over seven million subscribers.

2015
The Record-Setting Views

For being the “Most Popular Call of Duty Channel by Subscribers” and “Most Popular Call of Duty Channel by Views,” he takes his place in the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

2018
The New Channel With His Partner

Called “Claire & Ali,” the channel has over 773,000 subscribers and 29 million views to date.

2022
The New Hosting Gigs

Ali-A announces a collaboration with YouTube for “uTure,” a global talent show for influencers, which he will also host.

Why We Love Ali-A

  1. He is honest

    Ali-A is popular not just for his videos but also for his honesty. He isn’t afraid of owning up to his mistakes and also apologizes to fans when he thinks he is in the wrong.

  2. He is very good at what he does

    He has managed to build a massive fanbase with his gaming skills. Not only does he play “Fortnite” and “Call of Duty” for his viewers but he also wins them almost all the time.

  3. He supports youth development

    Channeling his fame for better causes, Ali-A also supports initiatives and causes which are concerned with the youth. To this end, he also supported a campaign to teach coding and programming to young people.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He has adorable pets

    Ali-A and his partner own three adorable pets, two dogs and a cat.

  2. He has his own television show

    Ali-A is the host of a children’s show on C.B.B.C., “Ali-A’s Superchargers” and also voices the character Clunk on the animated show “Robozuna.”

  3. Nintendo gave him the Switch console early

    His popularity as a celebrity gamer led to him receiving Nintendo’s Switch console way ahead of its public release.

  4. He wanted to be a banker

    Before the gaming bug bit him, Ali-A wanted to go into the profession of banking.

  5. He once crashed his car

    In a video uploaded to his channel in 2016, Ali-A revealed to followers that he had crashed his car in an accident without serious damage.

Ali-A FAQs

Is Ali-A in a relationship?

Yes. In 2021, she married his long-time partner Clare Siobhan.

How tall is Ali-A?

He is 75 inches tall.

How much money does Ali-A have?

As of 2022, he has a net worth of $3 million.

Ali-A’s birthday dates

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