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PewDiePie, Godfather of Prominent YouTubers – MrBeast, and His Biggest Competitor Airrack Regard the Legend as Their Inspiration

Published 05/16/2023, 10:07 AM EDT

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In the YouTube sphere, ever since Jimmy Donaldson, aka MrBeast, witnessed his astronomical growth, many other creators recognized the potential in his content formula and decided to produce similar content. One of the most successful and renowned among these creators is Eric Decker, also known as Airrack.

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Although Airrack creates content that is very similar to MrBeast’s, his scope and scale are not as extravagant as Jimmy’s. Apart from their content, another significant similarity between Eric and Jimmy is their admiration for PewDiePie. Having been the biggest YouTuber for a considerable period, Pewds served as the inspiration that ignited creators like MrBeast and Airrack.

Airrack Confesses his admiration for PewDiePie


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Eric Decker, professionally known as Airrack, is a popular comedic vlogging YouTuber born on January 12, 1997, making him 26 years old. He initially gained recognition through his collaboration with Logan Paul in the “couch series,” a comedic project they worked on together. Airrack later set himself apart by creating extravagant vlogs and challenge videos, following a similar style to MrBeast but with unique video concepts on a smaller scale.

During a one-on-one interview with Wired, Airrack participated in Wired’s famous “Web’s Most Searched Questions” segment. Throughout the interview, he was confronted with the question, “Is Airrack’s dad PewDiePie?” Responding to this, Eric explained that he has an ongoing joke in his videos where he claims that PewDiePie is his father.


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He explained that PewDiePie’s status as the biggest YouTuber for such a long time inspired him to pursue a career as an online entertainer. Airrack stated, “PewDiePie has always been the biggest YouTuber until MrBeast overtook him. Before that, he had been the biggest YouTuber on the planet for so long. And that’s my aspiration as well.”


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PewDiePie’s perspective on the current YouTube landscape

During his highly anticipated appearance on the Trash Taste Podcast, PewDiePie shared his thoughts on the current influx of MrBeast imitators. In the podcast, he mentioned that during his time at the top, many creators attempted to copy his style and charm. 

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Since MrBeast’s rise to prominence, the number of wannabees, as Pewds put it, has skyrocketed at an astonishing rate. The hosts of Trash Taste also discussed how there have been and still are some “PewDiePie knockoffs,” but none of them have been as extraordinary as Jimmy’s.



Rituraj Halder

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Rituraj Halder is an eSports writer with a strong presence in the Indie community. With a deep passion for story-driven adventure RPGs, Rituraj has spent half his life crafting intriguing narratives inspired by them, making him a modern-day storyteller in his own right. His extensive experience as a scriptwriter for entertainment shows gives him a unique edge in understanding the world of sports entertainment.

Edited By: Jayant Chhabra