Dan and Phil, YouTube personalities, have announced that they will be straying from their ‘duo act’ to focus on their personal projects. I thought it would be an honourable time to glance over one of their channels ‘DanandPhilGAMES’ and reflect on what it is that we, the phandom, so unfortunately lost.
Since its creation in 2014, DanandPhilGAMES has an estimated net worth of up to $1 million USD, making about $100,000 every year. And this is just their gaming channel; their mains have more than twice the subscribers. For them to just drop the channel like an old piece of clothing makes me wonder how much money these boys are really hoarding… not to even mention their tour, merch sales etc.
Their most popular video series overall is unsurprisingly their Sims Let’s Plays. Their fans fell head over heels for their lovable character ‘Dil Howelter’. With the first video in the series having over eight million views, the series is their longest running one by far reaching 63 episodes. They began the journey when Dil was a teenager and it ends in his old age when he already has grandchildren. This was also the duo’s favourite game to play.
Honestly, October is right around the corner and it doesn’t excite me like it used to. There was nothing like curling up in the dark watching Dan and Phil scream at some good ol’ fashioned horror games. Whether they were terrifying like Outlast or comedic like Swamp Simulator, they never ceased to bring a smile to my face. What’s even worse is that since they canceled Phil Is Not On Fire (PINOF), a yearly Q&A session, October might as well not come at all.
My personal favourite of their gaming channel videos has to be Fireboy and Watergirl. It was a game I played when I was little and…well…they ruined it. In a good way. I remember it being a fun way to pass the time and they turned it into an epic rage battle. I just felt endeared watching two grown men get so angry at a children's game.
Where will the channel go from here?
Ah yes, the question we all want to know. Technically, they didn’t say they were killing the channel, but simply that it would go on hiatus. Then again, they said the same thing about The Super Amazing Project and look what happened to that… A quote from Dan said that they would be taking a break like Fall Out Boy and some fans pointed out that their break was three years. Needless to say, we shouldn’t expect an upload from DanandPhilGAMES anytime soon.
Fun fact, I also met them and it was the best day of my life. I love my dads.