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Patrick Mayer, known as Paluten on YouTube, is a German YouTuber. With 3.57 million subscribers, he owns one of the most popular German YouTube channels. He mainly publishes Let’s Plays and vlogs there. Most recently, he also worked as a successful author.
Patrick Mayer was born in Hamburg. As a small child, he regularly watched his cousins play games on the Nintendo and was hooked from the first moment. According to his own statement, the day he got his own console was the best day of his life. Let’s Player Toby Turner was his personal favorite YouTuber and inspired him to eventually start his own YouTube channel.
Under the name Paluten, he founded his channel of the same name on October 17, 2012. In the beginning he uploaded Let’s Plays from Need for Speed, but after a while he switched to Minecraft. His Minecraft videos quickly gained popularity. In particular, his playlist Minecraft Freedom enjoyed great popularity. In it he spun a continuous story about his in-game character and the pig Edgar, which served as his mascot, over 380 episodes. Numerous other well-known YouTubers such as Zombey, Rewinside, GermanLetsPlay and many others also appeared in the videos.
In addition, Paluten published a number of other popular video series on his channel. During the 200-episode week of Bedwars, he dueled and chatted with a variety of well-known YouTubers. He also played Happy Wheels for over 700 episodes. In each episode he played levels created by his fans. In addition to his Let’s Plays and games-oriented content, Paluten also regularly publishes vlogs on his channel in which he talks about his daily life. In addition, he often plays animations made by his fan base.
From October 2016 he had rented his own office together with the YouTubers Dner, Izzi, Rewinside and Sturmwaffel. On the joint channel CREADERS, the group regularly published videos. Paluten mainly used the office for virtual reality projects and real-life videos. In June 2018, the joint project was discontinued and the office was closed.
In March 2018, Paluten published his own book entitled Freedom: The Schmahamas Conspiracy, in which he continued the story of his in-game Minecraft character Paluten from the Minecraft Freedom series in novel form. The novel quickly rose to number one on the hardcover fiction bestseller list. In June 2019 he published his own comic book entitled The Golem King. This story was also set in his Minecraft Freedom universe. According to his own statement, the publication of another novel is planned for spring 2020.
Paluten’s YouTube channel now has 3.57 million subscribers. He also maintains a Twitter account with 1.1 million followers and a successful streaming channel on Twitch. His huge popularity has meant that his monthly income for his YouTube channel has consistently ranged between EUR 40000 and EUR 60000 over the past few years. He also cooperates with various advertising partners and runs a successful online shop that sells his personal merchandising.
On May 31, 2014, after more than forty days of play, Paluten emerged as the first winner in the Minecraft project “Varo”. In addition, a separate map was dedicated to his bed wars on the largest German Minecraft server. The following year his popularity skyrocketed and he managed to add over 800000 subscribers within 12 months. He is now one of the 10 largest German YouTubers. In 2017, Paluten was nominated for the Webvideopreis Deutschland in the gaming category. According to the reasoning, he belongs to the top of the gaming scene in Germany and is one of the web video makers with the greatest reach.
His biggest success outside of YouTube came with his book. This was not only number 1 on the bestseller list in 2018, but also stayed in the top positions for half a year.
“I’m just human and sometimes I’m just a fool.”
“I’m a YouTuber, I’ll never go to jail.”
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tips for success
Paluten emphasizes the importance of regular interaction with fans. He always takes the time to read his viewers’ comments to get a better idea of how he is getting on with his content. He also emphasizes that contact with his fan community can also give rise to ideas for new videos and formats.
Also, according to Paluten, pre-planning of videos and content is important, but it shouldn’t squash spontaneity and creativity. He himself considers the creative chaos in his videos to be the main reason why they are watched so often.