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Jordan Maron
Jordan Maron headshot 2018.jpg
Personal information
Born (1992-02-10) February 10, 1992 (age 26)
ResidenceLos Angeles
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (dropped out)
YouTube information
Also known as
  • CaptainSparklez
  • Jardon
Years active2010–present
  • 10 million (CaptainSparklez)
  • 553,000 (CaptainSparklez 2)
  • 355,000 (Jordan Maron)
  • 276,000 (Fortnite Cinema)
  • 172,000 (Maron Music)
  • 178,000 (Jordan Reacts)
  • 43,000 (ProsDONTtalkSHIT)
  • 21,000 (Jordan Games)
Total views
  • 3.2 billion (CaptainSparklez)
  • 58.5 million (CaptainSparklez 2)
  • 19.0 million (Jordan Maron)
  • 49.3 million (Fortnite Cinema)
  • 15.6 million (Maron Music)
  • 6.8 million (Jordan Reacts)
  • 2.7 million (ProsDONTtalkSHIT)
  • 115,000 (Jordan Games)
Associated acts
  • "In a world..."
  • "And as always, thanks for watching"
  • "Alright, welcome back to..."
  • "Hummingbirds are the sharks of the sky."
  • "Make Demonetized Monetized Again"
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2011
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2017
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 22:32, 5 January 2019 (UTC).

Jordan Maron (born February 10, 1992), better known through his online nickname CaptainSparklez, is an American YouTube personality. His main channel is currently the 319th most-subscribed channel on YouTube with over ten million subscribers as of October 2, 2018.[2]

Early life

Maron was born in Los Angeles, California, United States. When he was four years old, he and his mother moved to Santa Barbara. He attended Santa Barbara High School beginning in ninth grade. Maron then went to the University of California, Santa Barbara as a chemical engineering major. He decided to switch his major to computer science midway through his freshman year, based on his interest in video games. After the first quarter of his sophomore year, he dropped out. In December 2011, he made YouTube his full-time job.[1]

Maron is a notable car enthusiast, owning various luxury and sports cars. He was chosen by the Ford Motor Company as one of the select few individuals to purchase a 2017 Ford GT, after making several comments in videos in 2016 that Ford was setting up a selection process, noting it would be very unlikely that he would be chosen.


Jordan owns a total of seven active and two inactive YouTube channels. On February 9, 2010, he created his first channel titled "ProsDONTtalkSHIT" (PDTS) where he uploaded videos on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.[3] As PDTS was becoming popular and Maron wanted a more family-friendly name. He proceeded to create his now main channel "CaptainSparklez" on July 20, 2010, leaving PDTS an inactive channel for many years.[4] In the occurrence of his game named Fortress Fury coming out, Jordan made a self-titled channel "Fortress Fury", where he uploaded tutorial videos on the game. On May 15, 2015, he created a channel called "CaptainSparklez 2", where he started uploading unedited videos of his Twitch live streams, uncut videos, and many other content that did not fit into the first channel. On March 27, 2016, he started a music promotion channel titled "Maron Music" where he would create and share original music.[5] On February 9, 2017, Jordan made a channel for vlogging. Maron later created "Fortnite Cinema" and features cinematics of the Fortnite Battle Royale. In early 2017, Maron began to frequently uploaded videos where we would react to and comment on top posts on Reddit to his main channel. These videos gained some popularity, but ultimately not what his viewers enjoyed watching.[6] After having uploaded many of these reaction videos to his main channel, Maron decided to created a new channel called "Jordan Reacts" on August 11, 2018, where he uploads himself reacting to various subreddits, and returned to playing Minecraft on his main channel. Maron's latest channel is titled "Jordan Games", where he uploads games that would be irrelevant on his main channel.

He was featured in the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.[7] In June 2016, he made an appearance in the sixth episode of Minecraft: Story Mode.[8][9]


Maron started a mobile gaming company called XREAL with Howard Marks, co-founder and former CEO of Activision and cofounder of Acclaim Games and StartEngine. XREAL released their game Fortress Fury in May 2015, which received over 1.5 million downloads within its first month of launch.[10] Fortress Fury was originally titled Fortress Fallout, however, Bethesda Softworks' —known for the Fallout series— parent company ZeniMax Media sent a cease-and-desist letter that requested that XREAL "immediately expressly abandon the application for Fortress Fallout and cease any and all current or proposed use of any mark incorporating the term Fallout."[11][12] The main reason Bethesda took legal action was that they did not want any competition in the mobile game market for their game Fallout Shelter, which had been in development. Maron and the XREAL's legal team were not informed of this,[13] because Bethesda had been keeping Shelter a secret at the time and did not reveal its existence until its release on June 14, 2015.


Minecraft music videos

Maron is best known for his many Minecraft-themed music videos. He began with parodies to popular songs in pop culture, but has more recently produced original music videos as well.[14][15]


On February 26, 2011, he released his first Minecraft music video, "TNT", a parody of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite". In late 2015, the video, after being privated, was replaced with new and original music. But in May 2018, it was reverted to its original state.[16] The video currently is the fourth-most-viewed video on Maron's channel and has over 100 million views as of September 22, 2018.


On August 19, 2011, he released his second Minecraft music video titled "Revenge", which is a Minecraft parody of Usher's "DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again". In late 2015, along with "TNT", it was replaced with new and original music, after being privated. In May 2018, it was reverted to its original state.[16] It depicts a Minecraft character encountering creepers, eventually managing to fend them off, while Maron is depicted as a separate character rapping. The video currently is the most viewed video on Maron's channel at over 160 million views.

"Minecraft Style"

Maron created a parody video called "Minecraft Style", based on "Gangnam Style" by South Korean entertainer PSY, that used animated Minecraft models.[17] He published it on YouTube under the username CaptainSparklez. According to MSN, within a few days, it had been viewed more than a million times.[18] The video was referenced in technology and gaming articles published by NBC,[19] The Daily Telegraph,[20] Mashable[21] and the Huffington Post.[17] As of September 2017, the video has over 16 million views.[22]

"Fallen Kingdom" tetralogy

Maron is also known for his "Fallen Kingdom" series of four Minecraft music videos. The first installment of the series, "Fallen Kingdom", was released on April 1, 2012.[23] The video's music is a parody of the Coldplay song "Viva la Vida," with lyrics changed to fit elements of Minecraft as well as to tie into the narrative of the video, which shows a king wandering through a ruined town he once ruled interspersed with flashbacks revealing what happened to the town. The video currently is the third-most-viewed video on Maron's channel, with over 110 million views. The song in the video was performed by singer TryHardNinja, whose YouTube channel has over 1 million subscribers.[24]

The second video in the series, "Take Back The Night", was released on August 31, 2013.[25] The video, at over 110 million views, is the second-most-viewed video on Maron's channel, after "Revenge." The video contains the titular track, an original song by TryHardNinja, and tells the story of what happened to the son of the king from "Fallen Kingdom."

The third video in the series, "Find The Pieces", was released on April 25, 2015.[26] The video currently has over 30 million views and is the fifth-most-viewed video on Maron's channel. The video contains another original song by TryHardNinja, called "Pieces", and is a continuation of the story of the king's son, who is reunited with his father at the music video's end.

The fourth and final video in the series, "Dragonhearted," was released on November 19, 2016.[27] The video currently has over 16 million views. The video contains yet another original TryHardNinja song, for which the video is named, and brings the tale of the king and his son to completion.

Various Minecraft music videos

On May 27, 2017, Maron released a Minecraft music video for the song “Rush Over Me” by Seven Lions, Illenium, and Said The Sky, featuring vocalist Haliene. The video has gained over 1.7 million views.[28]

On September 9, 2017, Maron released a Minecraft music video for the song “We Are The Night” by Madison Mars, featuring vocalist Sanjana Ghosh. The upload has received over 600,000 views.[29]

Music released as Jordan Maron


Year Title
2014 "Work in Progress Thing That Probably Sucks, I Dunno"[30]
2016 "Moonbeam"[31][32]
"Once Upon a Time"[33][34]
2017 "Crusade"[35]
"Midnight Drive"[36]
2018 "Turn It Up" (feat. TryHardNinja)[37]


Year Title Artist
2016 "Rockabye"[38] Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie
2017 "Take Back the Night"[39] TryHardNinja
"Closer"[40] The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
"Stay"[41] Zedd and Alessia Cara

Maron Music

Top 10 YouTube uploads by views

(All information for this section is to be taken from this reference:[42])

Top 10 SoundCloud tracks by plays

(All information in this section is to be taken from this reference:[43])


  • Nominated in 2016 Shorty Awards[44]


  1. ^ a b Jordan Maron (January 20, 2014). "Draw My Life - CaptainSparklez". YouTube. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "CaptainSparklez". Retrieved October 2, 2018..
  3. ^ ProsDONTtalkSHIT. "ProsDONTtalkSHIT". YouTube. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Maron, Jordan (20 July 2010). "A New Main Channel: Why?". YouTube. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Maron Music - YouTube". Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Maron, Jordan (21 August 2018). "Goodbye For Now". YouTube.
  7. ^ "Forbes 30 Under 30". Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 6 Release Date Announced". IGN. May 31, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  9. ^ CaptainSparklez (August 26, 2016). "CAPTAINSPARKLEZ EXPOSED" – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "CaptainSparklez's Mobile Game Company Crowdfunds Capital Through StartEngine". Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "Bethesda parent forces Fortress Fallout developer into name change". Arstechnica. February 17, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  12. ^ "Bethesda hits Fortress Fallout maker with legal name-change demand". Polygon. February 16, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  13. ^ "What Ever Happened to Fortress Fury? - YouTube". CaptainSparklez. October 31, 2016.
  14. ^ CaptainSparklez (August 31, 2013). ""Take Back the Night" - A Minecraft Original Music Video" – via YouTube.
  15. ^ CaptainSparklez (April 25, 2015). ""Find the Pieces" - A Minecraft Original Music Video" – via YouTube.
  16. ^ a b Maron, Jordan. "Good News and Bad News..." YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  17. ^ a b "'Minecraft Style' - Gamers Get Their Own 'Gangnam Style' Spoof (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post UK. October 23, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  18. ^ "Minecraft wiz obsessively recreates Gangnam Style vid". MSN. October 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  19. ^ Winda Benedetti. "Dig this 'Minecraft'-style 'Gangnam Style' parody". NBC. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  20. ^ "Minecraft parody of Psy's Gangnam Style". The Daily Telegraph. October 22, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  21. ^ Anita Li (October 22, 2012). "Minecraft Meets 'Gangnam Style' in Block-Building Parody [VIDEO]". Mashable. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  22. ^ CaptainSparklez (July 27, 2013). ""Minecraft Style" - A Parody of PSY's Gangnam Style (Music Video)". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ CaptainSparklez (April 1, 2012). ""Fallen Kingdom" - A Minecraft Parody of Coldplay's Viva la Vida (Music Video)". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube.
  24. ^ "TryHardNinja - VIDEO GAME SINGER". Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  25. ^ CaptainSparklez (August 31, 2013). ""Take Back the Night" - A Minecraft Original Music Video". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube.
  26. ^ CaptainSparklez (April 25, 2015). ""Find the Pieces" - A Minecraft Original Music Video". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube.
  27. ^ CaptainSparklez (November 19, 2016). ""Dragonhearted" - A Minecraft Original Music Video". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube.
  28. ^ CaptainSparklez (May 27, 2017). "♪ "Rush Over Me" - A Minecraft Music Video/Song ♪". Retrieved September 28, 2017 – via YouTube.
  29. ^ CaptainSparklez (September 9, 2017). "♪ "We Are The Night" - A Minecraft Music Video/Song ♪". Retrieved September 28, 2017 – via YouTube.
  30. ^ "work in progress thing that probably sucks i dunno". Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  31. ^ Maron Music (August 26, 2016). "Jordan Maron - Moonbeam". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube.
  32. ^ "Moonbeam (Original Mix)". Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  33. ^ Maron Music (October 22, 2016). "Jordan Maron - Once Upon A Time". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube.
  34. ^ "Once Upon A Time (Original Mix)". Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  35. ^ Maron Music (June 24, 2017). "Jordan Maron - Crusade". Retrieved June 24, 2017 – via YouTube.
  36. ^ Maron Music (October 28, 2017). "Jordan Maron - Midnight Drive". Retrieved October 28, 2017 – via YouTube.
  37. ^ Maron Music (January 13, 2018). "Jordan Maron - Turn It Up (feat. TryHardNinja)". Retrieved February 8, 2018 – via YouTube.
  38. ^ Maron Music (December 17, 2016). "Clean Bandit - Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie (Jordan Maron Remix)". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube.
  39. ^ Maron Music (February 15, 2017). "TryHardNinja - Take Back The Night (Jordan Maron Remix)". Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via YouTube.
  40. ^ Maron Music (February 15, 2017). "The Chainsmokers - Closer ft. Halsey (Jordan Maron Remix)". Retrieved March 18, 2017 – via YouTube.
  41. ^ Maron Music (August 26, 2017). "Zedd, Alessia Cara - Stay (Jordan Maron Remix)". Retrieved August 26, 2017 – via YouTube.
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  44. ^ "Jordan Maron - The Shorty Awards". Retrieved October 17, 2015.

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