Sophomore Joe Hirsch’s Youtube channel already has over 3500 subscribers and the number is growing quickly. Photo: Landon Goldstein

While only a few weeks old, sophomore Joe Hirsch’s YouTube channel, Chief Joe – Clash Royale, already has thousands of subscribers. How did he gain all of them? Answer: his amazing battle techniques and overall enthusiasm for the game.

“Clash Royale” is a freemium mobile strategy game. It brilliantly combines elements from collectible card games, tower defense games and multiplayer online battle games. “Clash Royale” is the newest game from popular iOS game creator Supercell. Some of its other games include “Hay Day,” “Clash of Clans” and “Boom Beach.” “We decided to make ‘Clash Royale’ because everyone was sick of ‘Clash of Clans,'” said CEO of Supercell, Ilkka Paananen. “Now it’s just as popular.”

Joe started playing “Clash Royale” when he was a freshman. “I got the game because my friends were playing it,” said Joe. “I had no idea it would change my life forever. I just love everything about the game so much.” According to Joe, he has probably invested over 200 hours playing the game. “I try to devote at least 30 minutes a day to the game,” he said. “When I’m not playing, I’m thinking about playing.”

These long hours are what led Joe to achieving such a high level in the game and attracting his massive numbers of YouTube followers. “I like to watch Joe because he is just so good at ‘Clash Royale,'” said senior Jake Movsovitz. “Watching him has definitely improved my craft and turned me into a robust adversary for any who dare enter my kingdom.”

Joe, although only having three videos on his channel to date, already has a feature from Chief Pat. Chief Pat is another YouTuber who makes “Clash Royale” videos, and he has gained over two million subscribers. “Getting Chief Pat as a feature absolutely helped me gain popularity,” said Joe.

Joe plans on continuing his channel and hopes that it will grow to the size of Chief Pat’s one day. “I won’t stop until I hit one million,” said Joe. “I know I have it in me.”