Costa Rica Entertainment – If your child comes home speaking strange, using words like guay and mola, you might as well assume he’s watching youtubers, the world’s newest type of young, charismatic celebrities. Tico youth are copying what they see like speaking fast without pausing and acting as if producing a tv show with fans watching them.
PewDiePie is one of these Youtube sensations. He is from Sweden and became a worldwide idol, with 64 million followers (that’s around the number of people in all of Central America) to his channel.
Youtube started just 13 years ago and has become an industry. Millions of dollars in contracts and advertisements are now part of the platform. With popularity, a youtuber can simply play videogames and talk about life and brands pay to advertise to his fans.
A 28-year-old Chilean named Germán Garmendia makes between $13,500 and $21,000 a month generating content on Youtube. He talks about topics like ex-girlfriends, school, phobias and addictions.
If you’d like to check out some local tico youtubers, here are the top ten, with between 168,000 and 1 million followers:
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