Google's YouTube Celebrates Its First-Ever 'Geek Week'
Aug. 8 will be Gaming Thursday, featuring a host of activities aimed at gamers, including live play-throughs, video games in real life, game-inspired original series and more, according to the schedule. The day's events will be hosted by Machinima and Maker Studios' Polaris in the U.S., with a Guinness World Records gaming attempt live stream from the U.K. Aug. 9 will be Fan Friday, featuring sci-fi-themed cooking, costume play and "impassioned nerd debates as YouTube's biggest fans take center stage," according to the post. The day's events will be hosted by Felicia Day of Geek & Sundry in the U.S., with an ultimate geeky quiz by Crabstickz from the U.K. YouTube will also release "Easter Eggs" all week on the site, giving observant geeks chances to collect online badges from the eggs and select #geekweek videos when logged in and visiting the special Geek Week channel, according to the post. In May, YouTube turned eight years old, having launched in May 2005 as a video-sharing Website where people could post their creative works and watch to see if they gained any footholds. YouTube's popularity has been huge, with the site receiving more than 100 hours of uploaded video from creators each minute. All of that video content is being created by millions of partners and contributors, some of whom have become very popular through the growing site.Some of the paid content at the start of the pilot includes "Sesame Street," which will offer full episodes on their paid channel when it launches, as well as "Ultimate Fighting Championship" (UFC), which will offer classic fights such as a full version of their first event from UFC's new channel. In March, YouTube announced that it has grown to providing video content for more than 1 billion viewers per month. The popular video-sharing site has helped launch the careers of a slew of entertainers and made celebrities out of ordinary citizens, thanks to viral videos.
Also in May, YouTube announced a new pilot program through which viewers will be able to buy premium video content for fees starting at 99 cents per month to reward video creators for their labors while encouraging the development of better video for the huge online audience.