Mitchell Hughes, known to his fans on YouTube as the BajanCanadian, has co-authored the first book in a new adventure series based on the popular online game Minecraft.
Hughes has built up a following of more than 5.2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, where he posts family friendly videos featuring in-game play, parodies and commentary.
Reality Respawns: Worlds Collide is the first book in a series (not officially endorsed by the Minecraft brand) of books launched by MCN and digital talent management firm Blackshore. Hughes teamed up with Zombie Awakening author Ken Taverner on the book.
Hughes is shceduled to appear at an invitation-only book signing and fan event at the YouTube Space New York to promote the release Dec. 5. The book will be available through Hughes’ own website as well as on Amazon, starting Dec. 5. The price of the book, which will be released in paperback format, has not yet been revealed.
Hughes said in a statement that the book will provide quality content for “unplugged” Minecraft fans, and that the fun of Minecraft can extend past the screen.
The 21-year-old has a history of connecting with his fans through more than just YouTube and Minecraft. He often appears at live fan events (such as MineCon) and has joined forces with Super League Gaming, which helps bring gaming tournaments to local theaters (where he often appears as part of the events himself).
Gaming is easily the largest vertical on YouTube, with gaming videos of all genres generating more than 75 billion views in 2014 — and more than 13 billion of those views were on Minecraft videos.
While the names of other authors to take part in upcoming book series have not yet been announced,
Hughes joins a growing number of YouTubers who taken their talents to a print format. Vloggers Mamrie Hart, Shane Dawson and Tyler Oakley are among some of the biggest names to pen books from various genres, and gamer PewDiePie (YouTube’s highest earner) has recently landed on the New York Times bestseller’s list with his release, This Book Loves You.