FPSRussia

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FPSRussia
Genre Firearms/weapons
Created by Kyle Myers
Presented by Kyle Myers
Original language(s) English/German
Production
Location(s) Georgia, United States
Camera setup Alex Dimitri
Running time 1-10 minutes
Release
Picture format 1080p, 720p
Original release September 1, 2010 (2010-09-01) – April 16, 2016 (2016-04-16)

FPSRussia is a popular YouTube and Twitch.tv channel featuring firearms and explosives. The videos are hosted by Kyle Lamar Myers, an American born in Lavonia, Georgia, USA, playing the role of Dmitri Potapoff, a heavily accented Russian from Moscow. Each video on the channel generally has Myers explaining the characteristics of the weapons he will use in that video (occasionally telling the history behind it and sometimes explanations of its purpose), before he demonstrates their abilities on targets such as fruits, drink bottles, zombie targets, and photos of Justin Bieber in his earlier videos.[1][2] The FPSRussia channel reached the 1 million subscriber mark in June 2011. As of February 25, 2018, his channel has garnered 6.3 million+ subscribers.[3] Myers has used largely varying pieces of equipment along with weapons that have been featured in his videos such as a golden AK-47, an armored troop carrier,[4][5] a .50BMG rifle, and a Bofors 40 mm automatic anti-aircraft cannon. Myers ceased producing new videos in 2016.

History[edit]

Kyle Myers
Born Kyle Lamar Myers
(1986-05-09) May 9, 1986 (age 32)
Nationality American
Other names Dimitri Potapoff
Occupation YouTube partner
Known for FPSRussia

Before Myers started FPSRussia, he ran a channel named "klm5986". He also had a YouTube channel called "FPSKyleletsplays" under the name FPSKyle. His YouTube channel often featured videos from other YouTube personalities, such as xSocrates. He later wanted to show how guns worked in real life and to compare them to how they are portrayed in video games, films, and television shows.[6] He got the idea for a Russian accent while working at a car dealership. One of his co-workers was Russian and he took an interest in impersonating his accent. His uncle was also a prankster and used to use the accent while talking to Kyle while he was five years of age. He used the accent to create the character Dimitri and what followed was him filming himself shooting guns on his family farm in Georgia. Myers also runs a third channel known as FPSRussiaTV.[7] After a nine-month hiatus, on January 10, 2014, FPSRussia returned to YouTube.[8] The channel has been inactive since April 2016.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Due to the success of FPSRussia, Myers opened up a second channel, MoreFPSRussia. Myers collaborated with Epic Meal Time in July 2011.[9] The collaboration has earned over 8.631 million video views on YouTube as of December 18th, 2017.

Myers' character hosts the live fire section of Machinima.com Prime's web series, The Controller: Medal of Honor Warfighter.[10][11]

On October 29, 2012, Myers had a cameo appearance as his character, Dmitri, in the Call of Duty: Black Ops II live-action trailer directed by Guy Ritchie.[12]

After an announcement video in December 2012 and a successful Kickstarter campaign, FPSRussia released "FPS Russia: The Game" on the App Store for iOS devices in March 2013 with developer Zaah.[13]

In 2014, FPSRussia was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #78.[14]

Since 2010 Myers has appeared on the podcast "Painkiller Already" with several other YouTuber personalities.[15]

Death of Keith Ratliff[edit]

On January 6, 2013, Keith Ratliff, a member of the FPSRussia's production team, was found shot dead in his own gun store.[16][17] Ratliff was responsible for obtaining the firearms used in the videos.[18] Following Ratliff's death, the production of FPSRussia's videos went on hiatus until February 19, 2013.[19] In March 2013, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said it was still investigating.[20] However, as there have been no official updates since the initial reports following Ratliff's death,[21] the case has become the subject of numerous conspiracy theories.[22]

ATF raids[edit]

On March 29, 2013, Myers' Georgia residence was searched by upwards of 40 members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives alongside officers from the GBI. The investigators also searched Myers's father's nearby farm, a frequent filming location for FPSRussia. ATF spokesman Richard Coes said the justification for the search was "that [Myers] was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube."[23][24]

In August 2017, Myers' residence was again raided after Myers was alleged to have received 25 grams of butane honey oil through the mail. Myers was arrested for felony possession of a restricted substance with intent to distribute and 50 of his weapons were confiscated under a federal law that prohibits illegal drug users from possessing firearms.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gabriel Beltrone (September 13, 2011). "Marketing With a Fake Accent and Real Guns". Adweek. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Curtis Cartier (March 30, 2011). "FPS Russia, Crazy Russian Gun Freak, Shoots and Blows Up His Xbox 360 (VIDEO)". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on June 21, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ Joshua Cohen (June 22, 2011). "FPSRussia Breaks 1 Million YouTube Subscribers, Blows Things Up". Tubefilter. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jeremy Korzeniewski (August 29, 2011). "FPS Russia takes an armored troop carrier through a drive thru". Autoblog. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ Kevin Fernandez (September 23, 2011). "Viral: THE MINIGUN - FPS Russia Background". The One Nut Review. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Justin Massoud (November 8, 2010). "Gamer and Gun Enthusiast Imitates Crazy 'Call of Duty' Stunts". Asylum. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ Robert Snow (October 17, 2011). "EpicMealTime, FPSRussia and the Secret to Mass Appeal on YouTube". Professionally Incoherent. Wordpress. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ Slowik, Max (January 10, 2014). "FPS Russia is back with a Bullpups Unlimited 12-gauge (VIDEO)". Guns. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ Marc Hustvedt (July 19, 2011). "Quick Clicks: Rebecca Black Un-Auto-Tuned, 'Yam Roll', YouTube View Counts, 'Epic Meal Time' w/ FPSRussia". Tubefilter. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ Sam Gutelle (September 20, 2012). "Machinima Prime's 'The Controller' Is A New Spin On Jock/Nerd Pairing". Tubefilter. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ Matthew Manarino (September 21, 2012). "NMR'S EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT EP. 3 OF MACHINIMA'S 'THE CONTROLLER: MEDAL OF HONOR WARFIGHTER'". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ Tim Nudd (October 29, 2012). "FPSRussia Leads All-Star Cast in Guy Ritchie's Killer 'Black Ops 2' Spot". Adweek. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ James Plafke (December 12, 2012). "Gun-obsessed YouTube star FPS Russia is making a video game". Geek. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 100-76!". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "What Happened to FPSRussia – What's He Doing Now Update". www.gazettereview.com. December 5, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  16. ^ Matthew Manarino (January 7, 2013). "Pro-gun blog claims that murdered man is the manager of FPSRussia". New Media Rockstars. 
  17. ^ MJ Kneiser (January 6, 2013). "GBI to help investigate Kentucky man's shooting". Independent Mail. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013. Dillon, Denise (January 8, 2013). "Man behind popular FPSRussia YouTube channel found dead". Fox 5. My Fox Atlanta. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ Robbie Brown (January 11, 2013). "Gun Enthusiast With Popular Online Videos Is Shot to Death in Georgia". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  19. ^ Chris Callahan (February 20, 2013). "FPSRussia Returns from Hiatus (VIDEO)". Guns.com. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  20. ^ MJ Kneiser (March 7, 2013). "Ratliff murder investigation is active, GBI says". Independent Mail. Archived from the original on March 11, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  21. ^ "What Happened to FPSRussia – What's He Doing Now Update". www.gazettereview.com. April 23, 2016. 
  22. ^ Luke Plunkett (January 18, 2013). "Wild Conspiracy Theories Abound In Death Of FPS Russia Producer". Kotaku. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  23. ^ Hunter Stuart (March 29, 2013). "FPSRussia Raid: Kyle Myers's Property Searched By Federal Agents". Huffington Post. 
  24. ^ MJ Kneiser (March 29, 2013). "ATF Agents Search Two Properties in Connection with Ratliff Homicide". 92.1 WHLR. 
  25. ^ Everyone's Favorite Gun-Loving YouTuber Is Having a Hard Time

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