Who is Alastair Aiken?
Alastair Aiken,best known as Ali-A, is one of the biggest YouTube personalities hailing from the United Kingdom. He is a well accomplished gamer whose main claim to fame is Activision game 'Call of Duty.' He rose to prominence in 2009 when he began to upload his gameplay videos on his YouTube channel ‘Ali-A,’ which has over 8.8 million subscribers. Since then he has made a habit of uploading one or two videos every day.
His spectacular talent in video-gaming made him an overnight sensation among the videogame addicts and very soon his channel took off and hit the million subscribers mark. Since then he has launched a second YouTube channel call ‘MoreAliA,’ where he has exhibited his considerable talent in video games other than the Call of Duty franchise. He has a huge social following in other social media platforms apart from YouTube as well. Both his Instagram and Twitter accounts have over 2 million followers. Apart from his income through YouTube, he generates a lot of revenues through merchandising, sponsorship, endorsements and adverts.
The Meteoric Rise to Stardom
Alastair created his YouTube channel in 2006, but it was not until 2009 that he started uploading videos. His videos featured his recorded gameplays in the immensely popular First Person Shooter video game ‘Call of Duty’. During the initial days his videos did not receive many views but gradually they started doing the rounds of social media and soon gamers from around the world noticed his spectacular style. He hit the 1 million subscribers mark by 2013 and 8 million subscriber mark by 2016. Talk about a meteoric rise!
His channel not only features gameplays that guide first timer through various challenging levels of the game, but he also reveals tips and tricks, various reviews on the game and its levels, news about upcoming Call of Duty releases and various gaming hardware as well.
His channel provides gamers with all information available regarding Call of Duty and its various franchises like Call of Duty4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Call of Duty: WWII. His primary channel AliA holds 2 Guinness Book of World Records for being the most subscribed to channel and most viewed cannel for Call of Duty on YouTube.
His second channel ‘MoreAliA’ involves his gameplays in other gaming genres like Pokemon Go, Minecraft, Mario etc. He released his Pixelmon series (Playing Minecraft with a Pixelmon Mod that adds Pokemon related items/mobs) in the channel which catapulted into YouTube success. He has also released the Ali-A's Adventure series for Minecraft that was a huge success as well.
Alastair second channel is fast catching up to his primary one in terms of views and subscribers. Launched in 2013, it already has 4.5 million subscribers and over 7 billion views!
Since 2014, Alastair Aiken has hosted two consecutive seasons of a gaming tournament titled ‘Legends of Gaming’. Although the first season did not attract much traffic, the second season went on to become a huge success. In the second season, he went up against gaming legends like Diamond Minecart, TwiinSane, AshleyMariee and Syndicate. He won the tournament by beating TwiinSane in the finals.
Alastair has an online portal where he sells personalized merchandises like exclusive Ali-A branded Tshirts, caps, backpacks and more. He also has a sponsorship deal with Monster Beverages and gets paid every time he promotes their products in his videos.
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Behind The Curtains
Alastair Aiken was born on November 6, 1993 in London, England and currently resides at a palatial condo in the same city. Most of his personal matters have not been revealed online despite him being a successful online media personality.
He has announced himself in one of his vlogs that he was a subject of bullying in high school, although he hasn’t revealed the name of his school.
He has a brother, Simon, but the identity of his parents remains a mystery. Since 2015, Alastair is in a relationship with another YouTube personality and Social Media star, Clare Siobhan, who is also associated to the gaming community through her ties to Xbox where she works as a marketing professional.
Alastair owns a number of gaming hardwares like Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStations 3 and 4. He even plays games on his iPhone, Wii U, Nintendo Switch and AlienwarePC.
Alastair Aiken’s Xbox Live gamer tag is ‘OMG its AliA’ and he has two PlayStation (PSN) usernames -s XxAli-AxX and AilAstiGMO.