Alastair Aiken (Ali-A)
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Alastair Aiken (born 6th November, 1991 in London, England), known online as Ali-A, is a popular YouTube personality who uploads gaming related content with a particular focus on the Call of Duty series. His primary channel, “Ali-A” is well known and has more than 8.5 million views as of January, 2017. Aiken has also created a second channel named, “MoreAliA” which has gathered more than 4.4 million subscribers. He has been in a relationship with fellow YouTube personality Clare Siobhan Callery since 2015.
|Years active||2006 - Present|
Aiken was born in London, England where he currently resides, he has a brother named Simon. In 2015, Aiken became romantically involved with another online personality, Clare Callery, also known as Clare Siobhan, who also has a large following on social media. In August, 2015, BuzzFeed posted an article stating that Aiken had been involved in a fatal collision with a bus while driving with friends. The article was quickly identified as fake as Ali-A had been active on his accounts following the time given for the crash. Aiken has an Xbox Live account under the username OMG its AliA and two PSN accounts named XxAli-AxX and AliAstiGMO.
Aiken’s main channel was created on September 13, 2006, to provide a platform to upload his Call of Duty gaming videos. His initial videos often only received around 100 views but Aiken continued to make regular posts and was eventually able to build the massive popularity the channel has today. As of January, 2017, the channel has over 8.6 Million subscribers and its nearly 2300 uploads have gathered a combined view count of more than 2.15 Billion.
The channel continues to post almost exclusively Call of Duty related content, generally featuring commentary from Aiken over the top of gameplay footage and have a light hearted and comedic tone. Recent uploads have included, “BRAND *NEW* GUN – WHY IS THIS GUN SO WEIRD!?”, “I GOT PUNCHED BY A BOXER!” and “LOOK HOW AWESOME THIS IS! (NEW FREE DLC)”. Ali-A’s girlfriend, Clare Callery has made several appearances in videos, as has his brother, Simon Aiken.
The channel holds two Guinness World Records for being both the most subscribed to and viewed Call of Duty channel on YouTube.
The most viewed video on the channel is, “"Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 GAMEPLAY" - Extended Footage Mission 1 - COD BO2 Official E3 2012 HD” in which Aiken was given access to the game before its release to provide a sneak peek for fans. The video was uploaded on June 5th, 2012 and as of January, 2017, the video has had more than 20.3 Million views and over 100,000 likes. Aikens other uploads normally receive multiple millions of views.
Most Popular Videos
|“Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 GAMEPLAY” – Extended Footage||20,387,000 +|
|“IT BEGINS!” – BURIED Zombies w/ Ali-A #1 – (Black Ops 2 Zombies Gameplay)||15,187,000 +|
|BLACK OPS @ Nuketown 2025 Gameplay! 100+ kills Swarm! – Call of Duty: Multiplayer Online||8,702,000 +|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 SNIPER GAMEPLAY! – (COD BO3 Multiplayer Sniping 2015)||6,628,000 +|
|BLACK OPS 2” Multiplayer GAMEPLAY – Sniping & Quickscoping w/ Ballista – Call of Duty BO2||6,470,000 +|
|Call of Duty Advanced Warfare ZOMBIES GAMEPLAY! – “RIOT” Exo Survival Zombie!||6,233,000 +|
|BLACK OPS 2 multiplayer GAMEPLAY – MP7 62-4||6,207,000 +|
|“DON’T TOUCH ME!” – ORIGINS Zombies w/ Ali-A #6 – (Black Ops 2 Zombies Gameplay)||6,097,000 +|
|Black Ops 3 ZOMBIES GAMEPLAY #1 – “Shadows of Evil w/ Ali-A (Call of Duty Zombies)||5,837,000 +|
|GTA 5 Funny Moments – “SHARK ATTACK!” – (Grand Theft Auto V PS4 Gameplay)||5,398,000 +|
Aiken created a second channel called ‘MoreAliA’ on May 6th, 2013 which has also found popularity with more than 4.4 Million subscribers as of January, 2017. The channel hosts videos of Aiken playing various games and commentating on them, allowing his main channel to maintain its focus on Call of Duty content. The channel has recently featured many Pokémon GO videos such as “Pokémon GO - EVOLVING CHARIZARD, x2 RARE SPAWNS + MORE!” but has content relating to other games such as Minecraft, for which Aiken produced a Pokémon themed series titled “Pixelmon Island” which continued for more than ten episodes. Aiken also uploads more personal content to the channel such as, “OPENING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS… EARLY” featuring himself and his girlfriend. The channel has many popular videos with more than 30 videos having received more than 3 million views as of January, 2017.
Most Popular Videos
|Pokémon GO Episode #1 – CATCHING POKEMON!||10,457,000 +|
|Pokémon GO – WATCH THIS BEFORE YOU EVOLVE! (CP Calculator!)||9,697,000 +|
|Pokémon GO – HOW TO CATCH A MEWTWO?||7,239,000 +|
|Pokémon GO – LOOK AT THESE RARE POKEMON!||6,963,000 +|
|Pokémon GO Gameplay – EASY XP TRICK + EPIC NEW POKEMON!||6,930,000 +|
|Minecraft Wipeout – TOTAL WIPEOUT (PARKOUR!) – Minecraft W/ Ali-A||6,077,000 +|
|Pokémon Go – DO NOT EVOLVE/POWER UP YOUR POKEMON!||5,615,000 +|
|Pokémon GO – YOU MUST SEE THIS!||5,616,000 +|
|Pokémon GO – NEW POKEMON, TRADING + BREEDING! (NEW STUFF!)||5,286,000 +|
|Pokémon GO – THE ULTIMATE RAGE!!! (Devil Eevee)||5,210,000 +|
Aiken has a comprehensive online store located at www.aliashop.com where he sells a wide range of merchandise including caps, t-shirts and hoodies all branded with his logos or slogans. The store is an outlet through FanFiber which enables his products to be available to his worldwide fan base. Fans are able to sign up to a newsletter through the site to stay up to date with new releases and sales.
Aiken has a popular Twitter feed under the handle @OMGitsAliA where he regularly posts photos, comments and other content. He is very active on the feed and has posted more than 42,000 Tweets as of January, 2017. The account has nearly 2 Million followers and posts regularly receive thousands of likes.
In addition to his large YouTube presence, Aiken has an account on SoundCloud where he shares his favourite music with his fans. Ali-A describes the channel as, “a place where I share all the music I LOVE!”. The account has gathered over 25,000 followers as of January 2017. Recent selections have included, “Kill ‘Em With Kindness (STVCKS Remix)” and “Anton Liss feat. SevenEver – Axes – OUT NOW!!!”.
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