YouTubers Saadur Rehman aka Ducky Bhai and Irfan Junejo have responded to the criticism they received from Pakistani Twitter users for registering their channels in the US and India.
Ducky, who has over 1.97 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, says the platform hasn’t yet proposed the Superchat and Channel Membership features in Pakistan. Hence, he chose to register it in India.
In a Twitter post, he said he could change the host country from India to the US or UK, but still cannot change it to Pakistan due to the platform’s policy.
Junejo had a similar answer. When called out by a Twitter user for registering his second channel Junejo 2.0 in the US, the YouTuber said he streams live videos on the channel and the platform’s limitation in Pakistan stops him from doing so.
Junejo has over 982,000 subscribers on his main channel and 282,000 on his second channel where he usually does live streaming.
In February, he announced that he was quitting vlogging. Junejo had claimed that he doesn’t enjoy making vlogs anymore.
He also opened up about his struggles with anxiety and self-esteem. He went on to list them as deterrents that as of late kept him from being himself on the camera.
“I have self-esteem issues, I have anxiety issues,” Junejo had said. “I don’t have any confidence in me to make anything that I want to make and I’m too scared to say what I really mean.”
It appears that Irfan Junejo is calling it quits as a full-time vlogger. However he wont be deleting his channel nor will he stop posting videos.
In a latest video titled ‘I quit’, the vlogger revealed that from here on he will make videos on his terms and on his own time. Meaning to say that he will not be uploading with the same consistency as before.
“Mein ab kisi bhi event pey nahi jata, mein kisi award ceremony pey nahi jata ,mujhe kisi bhi podcast kee invitation ati hai mein nahi jata, mein ney Twitter chordia hai, aur mein ney camera use karna bohat kam kardia hai ( I don’t go to any events anymore,
I don’t answer any podcast requests and I have stopped using a camera as often as before”, he said at the start of the video.
Junejo goes onto discuss that the reason he started making vlogs in the first place was because he enjoyed watching them, adding that he never thought that through the medium he will be able to fulfill all his “wildest dreams”. “Ronaldhinio sey milnay sey lekar apni dream bike khareedna (From meeting Ronaldhinio to purchasing my dream bike” ,he said.
Junejo points out that one of the best feelings he experienced through vlogging was when a stranger calls him an “inspiration”. At the same time the content creator opened up about his own troubles with anxiety and self esteem noting that for a while now he has lost the confidence to make anything that he really wants to and “too scared” to say things he actually means.
“Eik larka jo kisi waqt mein full of life aur optimism hota tha, ab woh din ba din ziada sey ziada vanilla hota ja raha hai aur yeh sub bhi vlogging kee waja sey hoa hai ( A person who used to be full of life and optimism has become vanilla now. That too is because of vlogging)”, he said.
Junejo recalls that his “existential crisis” began when he crossed the 500k subscriber mark on his Youtube channel. “Tab sey mein mujhe har jaga chota chota signs nazar arahay hein ( Since then I am seeing small signs everywhere)”, he reminisced .
The content creator lists the example of Arunag Kashyap and Will Smith both of whom turned down reasonable money in order to purse higher goals, noting that the choice worked out well for them in the long run.
At the same time he notes that while the signs were there he wasn’t able to answer the question. ” I wanted a concrete answer. Why would anyone quit when they are consider the best in the business, When it comes to vlogging”, he said.
The final answer for him came when he stumbled across a letter by renowned 19th century painter Vincent Van Gohg to his brother. In the letter Van Gohg responds to the news of his first painting being sold. Junejo goes on to share the letter in which Van Gohg is basically questioning the importance of success and recognition for an artist.
Towards the end Junejo lets everyone know that he doesn’t like making Vlogs anymore. However at the same time he assurs his audience that he will continue to make videos, some of which can be even Vlog in the future.
“Vlogs are no longer the focus of my life. I will make whatever I want to make and I will make it whenever I want to make” he said. Junejo concludes the video by thanking is fans for everything.
According to Ducky, the ban could put the future of not just gaming and E-sports but apps as a whole in jeopardy. Talking about the reason on the basis of which the ban was made, he said,
“If people start accepting it as a legitimate argument then I don’t think any app, gaming or not, is secure in the future. It doesn’t make sense to ban an app used by millions just because of an issue relating to one person.”
Talking about the growing potential of E-sports in the country, Ducky pressed on how PUBG’s numbers in Pakistan are encouraging enough to have the makers give preference to the region, something that rarely happens for other games in the country. “Just over a few days ago, PUBG mobile,
on its official website, announced that it had improved servers in Pakistan. That, in fact, has happened,” he said. “Why did PUBG makers do it? Well, they must’ve noticed that there are serious players in the country.”
He further dismissed the argument that a ban on PUBG alone would have that much of an effect on E-sports in Pakistan. “It’s going to have a significant impact. PUBG’s player count is way higher than other video games, including Fortnite.
Even though Fortnite is a better platform globally, when it comes to Pakistan, facts are facts. Rarely do I come across a Pakistani player while playing Fortnite. But when I play PUBG, every time, I come across a Pakistani player. All my friends are online 24/7. Even my milk delivery guy is playing PUBG,” Ducky revealed