CrankGameplays, also known as Ethan Mark Nestor, born October 24, 1996, is an American YouTuber and overall online personality. Most of his content consists of gaming commentary videos and vlogs. Moreover, he was widely known for formerly working with Markiplier as a video editor. A lot of Markiplier’s videos back then frequently featured CrankGameplays alongside another YouTuber named Tyler Scheid. CrankGameplays also used to be the host of another channel named Unus Annus alongside Markiplier. The channel, however, has currently stopped uploading. Over the years, CrankGameplays has worked with other noteworthy content creators, including Muyskerm, LordMinion777, and Jacksepticeye. Fans all over the world love CrankGameplays for his happy-go-lucky, cheerful, and sweet personality. Interested in learning more about this prolific YouTuber? Keep on reading!
Ethan Mark Nestor, famously known as CrankGameplays, was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine to Mark Nestor and Annie Darling. Nestor also has an older half-brother named Andrew Nestor, with whom he spent a lot of time during his childhood. Ever since an early age, Nestor had a love for the cinema, spending his youth making home videos with Andrew and taking improv classes. Nestor was also very dedicated to gymnastics for 10 years. However, his grades started to decline at the same time he started a YouTube channel. Forced to choose a priority, Nestor decided to drop gymnastics as he thought he wanted to focus on his YouTube channel. After graduating from high school, he decided to take a gap year to focus on growing his channel. He moved to Portland, Maine with the thought that he could always come back to his studies if his YouTube career failed. During his stay in Portland, Nestor worked as a waiter at a B.B.Q. restaurant and was later promoted to manager.
On August 29, 2012, Nestor thought YouTube would be a great platform to express himself, to which he uploaded his first video called “Dirty Mic and the Boys-Happy Wheels Gameplay Numero Uno.” In the video, Nestor and his friend played the game “Happy Wheels” while doing gaming commentaries, a format that YouTubers like PewDiePie helped popularize. In 2013, he created a second channel named CrankyVlogs, where he would document his daily life and talk about his interests other than gaming. Nestor knew that to get popular, he needed to differentiate himself from the average gaming channels. Hence, Nestor had the bright idea of featuring his grandmother in his videos. However, not wanting to feel like he was exploiting his grandmother, he decided to move to a new channel. Besides, Nestor felt that his channel was slowly dying. He reportedly had 25,000 subscribers, but only 200 of them were active and engaged with the channel. For that reason, Nestor launched another YouTube channel called CrankyVODs in 2015, which contained a library of stream highlights that fans could access on demand. However, it was just sitting for years until he finally uploaded a video on it five years later, in 2020. He then made another channel under the name CrankGameplays in the same year. Sure enough, with hard work in making quality content, CrankGameplays reached one million subscribers in early 2020 and grew to two million by the end of the year. In 2014, Nestor also met Markiplier at the Markiplier and Friends PAX yearly festival. The two kept in contact over the years, leading to Nestor getting hired as one of Markiplier’s video editors and moving out to Los Angeles in 2016. A year later, Nestor stopped editing for Markiplier, choosing to focus on growing his channel further. The friendship, fortunately, had never died as Nestor was a part of Markiplier’s You’re Welcome Tour (2017 to 2018). They also proceeded to collaborate on a joint channel named Unus Annus in 2019. The duo had a goal of uploading one video per day consistently for the whole year. Once a year passed, they deleted the channel as well as its content, believing that it should be a once-in-a-lifetime experience only for their fans. For this collaborative work, the two won Best Collaboration in the 11th Annual Streamy Award (2021).
When he was in seventh grade, Nestor was diagnosed with A.D.H.D. and had to use prescribed medication. Additionally, Nestor has mild dyslexia, which means that he has difficulty reading and memorizing extensively. To help with all these conditions, Nestor liked to keep a Rubik’s cube around, which he claimed to have helped his focus. In 2018, Nestor started dating Twitch streamer Mika ‘RIPmika’ Midgett. The couple broke up in 2020 but later got back together in 2021.
He uploads his first video called “Dirty Mic and the Boys-Happy Wheels Gameplay Numero Uno.”
To diversify his content, Nestor makes another channel named CrankyVlogs, which features vlogs on his daily life.
Nestor maintains a good friendship with the famous YouTuber Mark Fischbach, known as Markiplier, leading him to land a job as a video editor.
Nestor finally accumulates one million subscribers on his YouTube channel CrankGameplays.
For their collaborative project Unus Annus, Nestor, and Markiplier win Best Collaboration at the 11th Annual Streamy Awards.
Why We Love CrankGameplays
He works hard for his channel
Going through several changes and struggling with your platform is not easy. Nestor, however, did not give up and kept working hard until his channel grew to over one million subscribers.
He loves philanthropy
Since his YouTube career took off, Nestor has worked with other creators for charity. His latest charity work was on March 5, 2022, when he held a live stream to provide help for Ukraine during the Russian invasion.
His entertaining and cheerful personality
From one video to another, it’s clear that fans love Nestor not just for his content but also for the way he communicates with them. We love that about him!
5 Surprising Facts
The meaning behind his birth name
His father took the name ‘Ethan’ after Ethan Hunt from “Mission Impossible.”
His father’s contribution
In the early days of his channel, his father, who is a graphic designer, made him the first CrankGameplays logo and video intro.
CrankGameplays channel has a mascot
Nestor’s channel has a mascot named ‘Gizmo the Gear.’
He has a peanut allergy
Nestor has a severe peanut allergy that could be fatal to his immune system, so he always carries an EpiPen wherever he goes.
He has pets
Nestor has had many pets, including lizards and dogs.
What does ‘Unus Annus’ mean?
‘Unus Annus’ is Latin for ‘one year.’
Why is Ethan Nestor nicknamed ‘Soft Boi?’
He is recognized for his cheerful and gentle nature, earning him the moniker ‘Soft Boi.’
Why did Mark and Ethan make Unus Annus?
They claimed that it was a way to briefly make something different from their mainstream content, as both were burned out from making the same type of content for several years.
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