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Steven Williams
Personal information
BornSteven Jason Williams
(1974-07-24) July 24, 1974 (age 44)[1][2]
St. Paul, Virginia, United States[3]
ResidenceFayetteville, Arkansas
Desiree Williams
(m. 2013; div. 2018)
YouTube information
Also known asBoogie
Years active2006–present
GenreGaming, comedy
Subscribers4.5 million
Total views793 million
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2014
Subscriber and view counts updated as of September 5, 2018.

Steven Jason Williams (born July 24, 1974) also known by his online alias, Boogie2988 or just Boogie,[6] is a YouTube personality best known for his video rants about video games and nerd culture as a character named "Francis".[7][8] The Francis character is based on stereotypes of video game players and often parodies trending video game news, reaction and culture. Williams based the character on his early life experiences and has said that he wants viewers to hate the character for embodying gamer stereotypes.[9] Boogie2988 videos range from absurd rants to serious discussions on daily life,[10] such as the ethics of paid promotion on YouTube channels.[11][6] He won the Trending Gamer award at The Game Awards 2016.[12]

Personal life

Williams had gastric bypass surgery on August 1, 2017.[13]. On December 19, 2017, Boogie2988 announced that he and his wife Desiree were getting a divorce.[14] The divorce was finalized on February 13, 2018.[15]


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  2. ^ "ITS MY BIRTHDAY! WOOHOO!!". YouTube. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Draw My Life - Boogie2988 (Aka Francis)". YouTube. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "".
  5. ^ "It's true, wife and I are getting a divorce. Here's whats next for us".
  6. ^ a b Grayson, Nathan (October 8, 2014). "The Messy Story Behind YouTubers Taking Money For Game Coverage". Kotaku. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  7. ^ Sam Machkovech (March 25, 2015). ""That life is over": Zoe Quinn looks beyond GamerGate". Ars Technica. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Amini, Tina (December 14, 2013). "A Note To Everyone Who Says YouTubers Should 'Get A Real Job'". Kotaku. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  9. ^ Narcisse, Evan (December 1, 2013). "The Bittersweet Story of Francis, YouTube's Biggest Video Game Nerd". Kotaku. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Writer/Director/Producer, Alex Koenig; Koenig", Host of "Point Blank With Alex (March 18, 2014). "Four Years Ago, Boogie2988 Was on Disability -- Now He's a YouTube Star". Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  11. ^ Jessica Conditt (January 23, 2014). "YouTuber boogie2988 on Microsoft contracts: 'It is the norm'". Engadget. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  12. ^ Stark, Chelsea (December 1, 2016). "The Game Awards: Here's the full winners list". Polygon. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "Boogie2988 Surgery Update". Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "It's true, wife and I are getting a divorce. Here's whats next for us".
  15. ^ "".