Ssundee is an American YouTuber, first entering the platform way back in 2009 – was he ever in the military?
Ssundee was in the military. He joined the United States Air Force when he was nineteen years of age and remained in the armed forces for around seven years. He actually started his YouTube career while in the military.
Read on to learn more about Ssundee and his life from the military to making videos.
Real Soldier, Toy Soldier
Ssundee is an extremely successful YouTuber, having amassed (as of 2020) fourteen million subscribers in just over a decade. There have been countless success stories coming out of the platform in recent years, and Ssundee is certainly one of them.
His video entertainment journey began with the creation of videos on the popular title, Call of Duty. Although he started with videos that weren’t considered ‘decent’, he ultimately made it to the big time. Along with his brother, he’d create videos ‘trolling’ other gamers. To put it simply, they’d annoy and irritate other users and video their responses.
Eventually, Ssundee expanded to cover games such as Minecraft, DOTA and The Sims. He played on some incredibly popular platforms that helped him gain recognition. He transitioned into ‘vlog’ style videos, allowing viewers snapshots into his real life.
At the time, Ssundee’s real-life saw him serving in the military. He had been a member of the United States Air Force for around four years before he uploaded his first YouTube videos. This is a topic he’s referenced many times in his videos and has been referenced on his behalf.
For instance, in a 2019 video, Draw Their Life summarized the events of Ssundee’s life in particular. In the video, they detail his life in the military. They state: “He was in the Air Force, in a team to help build bombs. Almost for four years, Ssundee was in active service with the military.” You can see the full video on YouTube below.
They also explain that he served a few years in the reserves, away from active duty. It’s likely this drawback from active service enabled him more free time to create YouTube videos, which he of course did. Reportedly, Ssundee had joined the armed forces in the first place because he felt he didn’t find much, including education, ‘interesting’.
Nobody Serves Alone
Of course, Ssundee isn’t the only YouTuber to have served in the armed forces. Some others include the likes of Devil Dog Gamer, Onision, Hila Klein, and Jesse Wellens. In terms of success, Jesse Wellens follows just behind Ssundee as the second most popular YouTuber.
He ran a channel with his partner, called BFvsGF (or PrankvsPrank) for many years. Today, they’ve split the channels up owing to their relationship ending, but they’re still prominent. Jessie had almost eleven million subscribers in 2020, while his partner Jen had almost nine million.
As of March 2020, Ssundee had hit more than six billion views – a huge number for a gaming YouTuber. He had a brief hiatus between 2017 and 2018 for family-related issues but definitely came back with a vengeance. His fan base never seemed to falter, and patiently awaited his return.
Ssundee has tried to expand on his fame and productivity with other pursuits. In 2014, he wrote and released a MineCraft book, titled “Legend of Blood & Bones”. This was a short-form novel, only sixty pages in length, but was well received.
He also tried to capitalize on the massive success of ‘battle royale’ title, Fornite. He transitioned to the third-person animated title amidst a hiatus from Minecraft, to great success. In making the decision to play this title full time, he accumulated many more subscribers.
Since the mid-noughties, many teenagers and young adults have found untold fame through YouTube. There have been numerous cases of youngsters earning huge salaries just from playing video games and uploading footage of it.
Some of the key examples are KSI, Ninja, and PewDiePie. In 2020, the latter boasted more than one hundred million subscribers on YouTube and had a net worth of around forty million dollars. One website broke down PewDiePie’s earnings, suggesting he earned around $12 million a year.
With figures like that in mind, it’s very easy to see why ‘YouTuber’ has become one of the most compelling career choices in recent years.