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McLoughlin at PAX West in September 2018
|Born||Seán William McLoughlin
7 February 1990
Cloghan, County Offaly, Ireland
|Education||Athlone Institute of Technology (B.A.)|
|Total views||15.6 billion|
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of 6 November 2022.|
Seán William McLoughlin (born 7 February 1990), better known as Jacksepticeye, is an Irish YouTuber, best known for his vlogs and comedic Let's Play series. As of September 2022[update], his channel has over 15.5 billion views and 28.7 million subscribers, and is the most-subscribed Irish channel. He is the co-founder of the clothing brand Cloak, along with fellow YouTuber Markiplier, and the founder and owner of the Top of The Mornin' Coffee company. He has participated in fundraisers that have raised millions for charity.
Early life and education
Seán William McLoughlin was born on 7 February 1990 in Cloghan, County Offaly, Ireland, the youngest of five children to John (c. 1936 – 27 January 2021) and Florrie McLoughlin. He was raised in Cloghan and also lived for a time in Banagher. His father worked for the ESB and his mother worked a number of jobs before becoming a carer for his grandmother. McLoughlin began playing video games at the age of seven, and as a child he spent time playing on the Nintendo Game Boy in a neighbourhood treehouse, later describing how he found a sense of belonging in the games. He was given his "Jack Septic Eye" nickname after a childhood accident during a football match in which he injured his eye.
When he was 18, McLoughlin and his family moved to a cabin in Ballycumber. McLoughlin studied music technology and production at Limerick Institute of Technology. In the third year of the degree, McLoughlin decided to drop out and return home to Ballycumber. He then moved to an apartment in Athlone, County Westmeath in 2014, where he studied hotel management at Athlone Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. He lived in Athlone until 2017, when he moved to Brighton, England. Among the reasons for the move were the city's strong LGBTQ and vegan communities, and concerns about personal privacy after fans found his home in Athlone.
McLoughlin started uploading videos to YouTube under the name "jacksepticeye" in December 2012, initially doing voice impressions before switching to making gameplay content. In 2013, he was mentioned in a PewDiePie video, causing him to go from 2,500 subscribers to 15,000 in four days. Due to the success of his channel, McLoughlin was able to make it his full-time job by May 2014. That July, his channel had over 57 million views, having 800,000 subscribers at the time, and by August of the same year he had hit a million subscribers. By February 2015, the channel had reached one billion views and 3.2 million subscribers. The following year he gained another six million subscribers. In January 2016, he was one of the initial YouTubers signed under PewDiePie's multi-channel network, Revelmode. That year, he co-hosted South by Southwest's annual SXSW Gaming Awards.
McLoughlin co-starred as the antagonist in the second season of the YouTube Red show Scare PewDiePie. Initially planned to premiere on 9 March 2017, the season was cancelled prior to release due to controversy surrounding PewDiePie and the use of anti-semitic imagery on his channel. On 18 February 2017, McLoughlin released a video called "Let's Talk!" to his YouTube channel, which discussed PewDiePie being cut from Maker Studios as a result of the controversy. In it, he clarified that although he had tweeted in support of PewDiePie, he did not condone his actions and believed that he should have been more apologetic in response to the controversy. McLoughlin stated, "You can still be friends with someone but not agree with something they do. I don't think the world is that black-and-white." However, the next day he tweeted that he regretted focusing on criticising PewDiePie in the video, saying that he had been "naive". In a Tumblr post, he said his main regret was not commenting on the mainstream media's reporting of the controversy stating that "there were some unethical practices at play with the media, a lot of misquoting and misrepresentation." Following the controversy, it was confirmed that the Revelmode network had been shut down by Disney. Subsequently, McLoughlin was signed under the Disney Digital Network.
In June 2017, Polaris, a division of The Walt Disney Company, announced that McLoughlin would be featured in the series Polaris: Player Select on the television channel Disney XD as part of a new programming block for the channel called D | XP. Later that year, McLoughlin was featured on the RTÉ 2 two-part documentary Ireland's Rich List as one of the "top 30 earners under the age of 30", leading to him receiving a wide coverage in the Irish media and a greater exposure to people in the country who had not seen his YouTube content. In September, he was included in Forbes' list of the Top Gaming Influencers of 2017. McLoughlin toured throughout September–October 2017, in the US with his How Did We Get Here tour, and later in the UK and Europe with the Game Grumps on their Ready Player 3 tour. In January 2018, it was announced McLoughlin would produce exclusive content for livestreaming platform Twitch as part of a multi-year deal with Disney's Digital Network. That February, McLoughlin released dates for a US and Canada run of the How Did We Get Here tour. In July, he performed the How Did We Get Here show at the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. That year, he was estimated to be the eighth highest-paid YouTuber by Forbes, with an estimated earnings of $16 million.
In January 2019, McLoughlin signed with the talent agency WME and later that year signed with the multi-channel network Studio71. In October 2019, McLoughlin appeared at the Metarama Gaming + Music Festival alongside acts such as Marshmello, Logic, Ninja, and Overwatch League players. He was estimated by Forbes to be the eighth highest-paid gamer of 2019, with estimated earnings of $11 million. He was also the third most talked about gaming personality of the year on Twitter. In 2020, McLoughlin participated in Summer Game Fest, an event that ran from May to August following the cancellation of E3 2020. That October, McLoughlin announced that he would be featured in the movie Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds, which was released in August 2021. Previously, Reynolds had appeared in a video of McLoughlin's in which they played the video game Deadpool together. McLoughlin later revealed that he had also provided advice to the director Shawn Levy on how to make the film authentic to video game culture. McLoughlin was featured on the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
In July 2021, McLoughlin released a short film entitled "15 MONTHS" to his YouTube channel which Polygon described as "a moody and atmospheric exploration of his time during the pandemic". Later that year he signed with the talent agency CAA. According to research done by consumer electronics retailer Currys, McLoughlin was the 6th most popular gaming streamer of 2021. In February 2022, McLoughlin announced that a biographical documentary entitled How Did We Get Here? would premiere on 28 February on Moment House, a platform that allows creators to offer ticketed online events. The documentary covers McLoughlin's life from his childhood to his career as a YouTube personality, and includes footage from his tour of the same name. The documentary was then released in coordination with Shout! Factory to video on demand platforms such as iTunes in March 2022 where it reached 29th on the US iTunes chart and 9th on the UK iTunes chart. In July 2022 episode of the Trash Taste podcast, McLoughlin said that he would likely not continue streaming on Twitch because he wanted to focus more on his edited YouTube content. In September, McLoughlin was included in Forbes' Top Creators 2022 list at number 15.
McLoughlin's YouTube content consists mainly of Let's Plays, as well as comedy gaming videos and vlogs. According to TheJournal.ie, the games that McLoughlin plays on his channel are "a mixture of both conventional and weird titles". His content also commonly features collaborations with other popular YouTubers, particularly Markiplier and PewDiePie who are both close friends with McLoughlin. As well as YouTubers, McLoughlin's channel has also featured traditional celebrities, including interviews with Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Tom Holland, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Brad Pitt, Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie. Other content that regularly appears on his channel includes comedy sketches, short films, charity livestreams and Q&A sessions. Each of his videos begins with an intro in which he gives a high five to the camera and says "Top of the morning to ya, laddies". He chose to use a stereotypical catchphrase for his intro to express his Irish identity to viewers of his videos, wearing a flat cap for the same reason. He has speculated that his Irish identity and accent has contributed to his success. His videos also all end with a catchphrase encouraging his audience to "punch the 'like' button in the face, like a boss!" Another theme that is present throughout McLoughlin's content is the colour green which represents his Irish heritage and is present in his YouTube logo Septic Eye Sam.
McLoughlin's videos are highly edited. They feature commentary in response to the games he plays which is improvised rather than being pre-planned, incorporating humour, funny voices, laughter and swearing. His commentary has been described as "genuine" and "authentic" by TheJournal.ie, and as composed of "talking-head, stream-of-consciousness comedy" by the Star Tribune. He calls himself the "most energetic video-game commentator on YouTube", and has described his content as an "assault on the senses" that people "either love or hate". In an interview with the Irish Independent, he described the format of his videos as him playing and talking over video games with a lot of swearing. He has cited his use of swearing as a key aspect to his success saying, "There's lots of swearing. The more you swear the better. People react very positively to that apparently." He has also said that his success is due to "an overall package of a lot of things; energy, positivity, honesty, and consistency." McLoughlin has claimed that an inclusive community is an important part of the jacksepticeye channel, stating, "One of the main things I wanted to do on YouTube is to keep people together." McLoughlin has encouraged positivity online with the slogan "positive mental attitude", utilising the phrase in videos, campaigns and merchandising.
Elements of Gothic storytelling have been identified in McLoughlin's Let's Plays of horror games and in the character of Antisepticeye which is played by McLoughlin as an evil presence on the channel. The character originated from the fandom of Markiplier in response to a similar character on his channel called Darkiplier. The presentation of the Antisepticeye character also utilises fan participation via direct addresses to the audience and interaction between the character and audience members on social media websites such as Twitter. McLoughlin's audience also engages with his content in the form of creating fan fiction.
Frequency of uploads
For the first five years of his career, McLoughlin uploaded two videos per day, later reducing the amount to one per day. In July 2018, McLoughlin announced in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel that he would be taking his first short break from uploading to his channel, which he had uploaded daily videos to for the previous five years, citing struggles with his mental health and burnout. The video was among a wave of videos released at the time by various online content creators that focused on creator burnout and was praised by fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson who said that he had felt similar feelings. In the following years, he continued to be vocal about overwork and burnout and took multiple more breaks from uploading to his channel. In July 2020, he took a break from uploading until August, saying that he was exhausted from his uploading schedule and that he would no longer upload daily videos when he returned to making content. His first video upon his return to YouTube was viewed over 2 million times in its first day and became the top trending clip on YouTube. In January 2021, McLoughlin took a break from recording and streaming due to personal grief following the death of his father. In July 2021, McLoughlin took another break from releasing videos to his channel which lasted over a month, saying in an interview with Polygon "I feel like I’ve done it so often for so long that I just burnt myself out on it. I feel like if I’m not putting the energy that I’m known for; the energy that I like to put into my content, then I’d rather just take a step back from it and do something else."
In October 2018, McLoughlin posted a video announcing Cloak, a clothing brand aimed at gamers which he created with Markiplier. Items were available for preorder at the time of upload, and the brand officially launched the following month. In June 2020, Cloak welcomed the Twitch streamer Pokimane as a third partner and creative director for the brand. The brand has created special edition collections in collaboration with various franchises and internet personalities including Pokimane, Minecraft Dungeons, Five Nights at Freddy's, and Rhett & Link. The brand usually donates a percentage of its sales revenue to charities, and has raised money for the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and The Trevor Project in this way. In a tweet posted in May 2020, McLoughlin teased that he would be launching a coffee company. On June 15, 2020, he officially announced that he was indeed launching his own coffee company, named Top of The Mornin' Coffee, and that it would start its pre-orders on the same day. He also announced that the website had partnered with the Feya Foundation, a charity aimed at combating world hunger. In addition to his YouTube content, McLoughlin also produces short-form videos for TikTok.
Business Insider has called McLoughlin "one of YouTube's most prolific philanthropists". In 2019, he was presented with a Humanitarian Stream Team award by Save the Children for his fundraising work with them. In 2021, he was named one of Junior Chamber International Ireland's "Ten Outstanding Young Persons" for raising over $6 million for charity between 2017 and 2021. In 2022, he won Best Philanthropic Streamer at The Streamer Awards.
In December 2016, McLoughlin was a part of the Revelmode charity holiday livestream #Cringemas, with PewDiePie, Markiplier, Emma Blackery and PJ Liguori. The group raised over $1.3 million under the hashtag #EndAIDS, with matching donations from the Gates Foundation and YouTube. In December 2017, McLoughlin hosted two charity streams with Blackery and Liguori to raise money for Save The Children, raising over $260,000 for the charity.
Throughout 2018, McLoughlin hosted various fundraiser livestreams for charities such as the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, GameChanger and AbleGamers, charities which support ill and disabled gamers, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Crisis Text Line, raising a total of over $1 million for charities that year. McLoughlin's Crisis Text Line fundraising stream was held in December and titled "Thankmas", a title that he would go on to use for subsequent annual December charity streams leading up to Christmas.
In January 2019, McLoughlin hosted a livestream which raised over $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In March 2019, McLoughlin headlined a Charity: Water livestream, raising over $100,000. In May 2019, McLoughlin hosted a fundraising stream for Red Nose Day 2019 raising over $110,000 in nine hours. In September 2019, McLoughlin hosted a charity livestream alongside actor Emilia Clarke, raising $260,000 for her charity SameYou which is devoted to brain injury recovery. In December 2019, McLoughlin raised over $300,000 for Child's Play for his annual Thankmas charity stream.
In January 2020, McLoughlin hosted a livestream which raised over $200,000 in four hours for the bushfires in Australia. In April 2020, McLoughlin hosted a livestream which raised over $650,000 in 12 hours for COVID-19 relief funds. Including subsequent livestreams in collaboration with McLoughlin, the #HopeFromHome campaign raised over $1.7 million. In June 2020, McLoughlin raised over $600,000 for the Black Lives Matter organisations The Bail Project, NAACP Empowerment Programs, Color of Change, and the Advancement Project. In October 2020, McLoughlin participated in the YouTuber MrBeast's Team Trees fundraising campaign, raising over $150,000 for the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees in combat of climate change. In December 2020, for his annual Thankmas stream, McLoughlin raised over $1.4 million in 10 hours for the Red Nose Day campaign. Including subsequent livestreams in collaboration with McLoughlin, the campaign raised over $4.6 million.
In December 2021, McLoughlin teamed up with fundraising platform Tiltify and live events company Real Good Touring for his annual Thankmas stream in aid of the charity New Story which combats homelessness via methods such as 3D printing houses. Tiltify announced that it was making tools available for influencers on platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and TikTok to contribute to the event by hosting additional Thankmas charity streams. The campaign raised $7.6 million overall. In November 2022, McLoughlin announced he would once again be working with Tiltify and Real Good Touring to raise money for World Central Kitchen for his annual Thankmas stream, with a goal of raising $10 million overall.
McLoughlin dated Danish social media influencer Signe "Wiishu" Hansen between 2015 and 2018. He is currently in a relationship with Dutch YouTuber Evelien "Gab" Smolders. McLoughlin has played the drums since he was young, and was previously in a melodic death metal-influenced metalcore band called Raised to the Ground.
- With Raised to the Ground
- Risen from the Ashes (EP, 2009)
- As Jacksepticeye
|"All the Way (I Believe in Steve)"
(with The Gregory Brothers)
|"Enjoy the Show"
|"All the Way (Pop Remix)"
(with The Gregory Brothers, featuring Mike O.)
|"What Is My Life"
(with The Gregory Brothers)
|"Dude's a Beast (Can't We Just Kill Each Other in Peace)"
(with The Gregory Brothers)
|"Get Back Up"
(with The Gregory Brothers)
(with Party In Backyard)
(featuring Hello3itch and lil Radio)
|"Little Green Alien"
(with Public Syndrome)
|2021||15 Months||Himself||Short film, also director, editor and writer|
|Free Guy||Cameo appearance, credited as Seán William McLoughlin|
|2022||How Did We Get Here?||Biographical documentary|
|2022||In Space with Markiplier||Drones||YouTube Original|
|2022||Anomaly Found – Chase Brody||Chase Brody||Short film, also director, writer and producer|
|2017||Polaris: Player Select||Disney XD||Himself|
|Ireland's Rich List||RTÉ 2||Guest|
|2018||The Late Late Show||RTÉ One|
|2015–16||Did You Know Gaming?||Himself (voice)||Narrated 2 episodes|
|2016||YouTube Rewind||Himself||Episode of an annual video series by YouTube|
|2017||asdfmovie||Unnamed voice role||He appeared in the tenth installment of the series|
|2018||Good Mythical Morning||Himself||Also appeared in Good Mythical More|
Awards and nominations
|2016||Shorty Awards||Tech and Innovation: Gaming||Nominated|
|The Game Awards||Trending Gamer||Nominated|
|2017||Golden Joystick Awards||Best Streamer/Broadcaster||Nominated|
|2019||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Gamer||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards||Favorite Esports Star||Nominated|
|2021||JCI Ireland "Ten Outstanding Young Persons"||Cultural achievement||Won|
|Streamy Awards||Creator Product (for Cloak)||Nominated|
|2022||The Streamer Awards||Best Philanthropic Streamer||Won|
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