|Born||April 12, 1982|
|Occupation||Let's Play Streamer on YouTube and Twitch, no Partnership currently|
DarksydePhil (Real Name: Phil Burnell) also known as DSP, DSPGaming or KOGaming, is a YouTube Let's Play streamer who became infamous as one of the worst representations of the Let's Play community. His career as a lolcow is propelled thanks to his ego and apparent inability to improve or handle criticism. Phil spends the majority of his prestreams, a 30 minute segment before each day's streaming, complaining about his quality of life and his income. His video format and streaming style has not changed in half a decade, and even when he outlines the exact problems in his streams and how they compare to more successful streamers, he refuses to adapt in any way. His life and living expenses were additionally burdened by PandaLee, who was, by most accounts when they were dating, a gold-digger that alienated even his hard core fans. PandaLee broke up with him in 2017 at the lowest point in his career.
He has produced videos on YouTube since 2008, where he accumulated a large fanbase for what was (at the time) a unique format. Phil's career as a streamer would not sour him into a person of interest until 2013, when a former fan named "EvilAJ" exposed his low quality gameplay to the world by uploading a 1 hour fail montage titled: "This is How You Don't Play". The video went viral, which led to many people creating their own montages, advertising Phil's flaws as a gamer for the entire Internet to see.
- 1 The Beginning
- 2 White Knights and Friends
- 3 Famous DSP Detractors
- 4 Adventures on Twitch.TV
- 5 Patreon and Project 7
- 6 DickStrokePhil
- 7 The King of Narcissism
- 8 Machinima Strikes Back
- 9 The Fake Ring Fiasco and the Break-up
- 10 Post-Leanna and the Fake Hooker saga
- 11 After Machinima
- 12 Enter Kat
- 13 Links
Before trying his luck on YouTube, Phil was a fighting game pro player in the FGC Community. He frequently visited forums such as Shoryuken.com and took part in many tournaments around the state.
At this point in life, he was quite obscure to the internet, but he had already made a bunch of enemies. He quickly became infamous among the FGC community for starting up fights, taunting other players and backing out when things got serious. He was also derided for being a sore loser and just a bad sport in general.
Despite the many tournaments he took part in, he never won one.
It was only in 2005 that he managed to get 4th place on a Tournament. Phil of course displayed his ego by bragging about this nonstop, even though the whole reason he got to fourth place was because most players forfeited the tournament since it was using a Playstation port of Super Street Fighter II Turbo, a port which only Phil practiced on, was universally regarded as low quality, and was so different to the arcade version that it was basically a completely different game.
The FGC Community laughed at his "accomplishment", and Phil, in retaliation, called himself the "Best American Super Turbo Player" (since the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places had Japanese players) and started going on by the moniker "The King of Hate" because he genuinely believed he was being hated on for no reason, so he used the hate as fuel for his internet career.
Even today, Phil keeps remarking about this event of his life, using it as an example that he can be a good player when he wants to.
Start of YouTube Career
In 2008, Phil started his Let's Play career on YouTube.
Phil quickly got a small following on YouTube. The reason for this success is because he exploited a quirk in the YouTube Search Engine. Back in 2008, to make it to the top of the search rankings, you just needed a lot of views and likes on your channel. So Phil had a great idea, by uploading about thirty videos per day cutting them down in 5 minute parts, he ensured that his videos would appear all over the search rankings on YouTube, because the more videos, the more chances that someone would stumble upon his stuff.
His videos had a huge success and to capitalize on this, he made an account on Google AdSense, which meant he got paid for every ad displayed on one of his videos.
Phil's flaws as a gamer and YouTuber
His channel featured extremely low quality videos, even for 2008 standards. He pointed a camera at his TV Screen, instead of using a more ideal recording method like direct capture or a camcorder. His gameplay was often terrible, frequently showing no strategy beyond the most basic "rush up to guys and try to kill them", and he almost never changed it, even when it was obviously failling. In addition, his humor was adult and vulgar, often excessively so, leading to several offensive moments. He often refused to edit videos besides cutting them up into small parts, resulting in random stretches of time were nothing is accomplished. Combine this with a forced laugh that many found annoying (and seal like), random snorts and burps, and over the top reactions, and you have a recipe for everything people hate about this videos.
He quickly ruined his success in an attempt to get more money. One of the rules of Google AdSense (and any type of partnership on YouTube, really) is that you can't tell people to click on your ads on purpose, but Phil did exactly that, by making a bunch of videos telling his subscribers to spam clicks on his ads.
After being justly banned from AdSense, Phil for the first time displayed his Lolcow qualities to his fans, by making a fuss about it and blaming Google.
He would also rant about Copyright Strikes, since anyone could flag a video for copyright infringement stating that the user is illegally using their content. If you had three copyright claims against you, your channel was shut down, no questions asked. Some games would be monitored closely upon release so that the game is flagged right away by the company if they see it. Phil's solution? Either make a parody title that search engines wouldn't find, such as Dicks with Guns for L.A. Noire, make an entirely new channel for that game so that the new channel gets shut down instead of his, or both.
To avoid copyright claims Phil had to resort to using Blip.TV as a secondary video hosting service, which worked very well for him, until he made several tasteless jokes about Nazis and Jewish people, complete with gas chambers references. Phil, of course, still blames Blip.TV and Trolls for his ban to this day.
Things took a turn for the worse once a former fan of his was blocked on Phil's Channel for saying that Pandalee (Phil's girlfriend at the time) was the cause of Darksydephil's downward spiral in views in 2012, and not even a year later was fed up with Phil when he said that his fans gave positive feedback on his Metal Gear Solid 2 playthrough. He decided to make a video proving that was false by creating "This Is How You Don't Play Metal Gear Solid 2". His motivation was to show Phil the comments left by his own fans during his playthrough.
Over night, Phil started to lose his popularity. The video went viral, reaching one million views in a short time. People on YouTube started looking up at other DSP Playthroughs. Suddenly, "This is How You Don't Play" became a meme. To this day, there are over 400+ TIHYDP Montages.
The This is How You Don't Play series shows off what a typical Phil playthrough is like, and frequently includes comments from fans and detractors alike complaining about it. Random burps and snorts, insulting viewers, constant failures and deaths, blaming the developers for his own lack of skill, blaming lag in Online games or input delay in Offline games, blaming Kojima if he developed the game, racism, begging for money... every single one of Phil videos in a nutshell.
At the end of the playthrough, if it is a new release, he will do a review video called "The Hateful Truth", where he gives you maximum bullshit and minimum truth. To put it bluntly, he'll sometimes dock the game points because of his own flaws and frequently treat his opinions as fact. Despite this, Phil's scores will always be either one or two points off or the exact same score as other mainstream reviewers.
After the creation of his Metal Gear Solid 3 playthrough, Phil attempted to cash-in on This Is How You Don't Play by doing a playthrough of Metal Gear Solid 1. The entire playthrough was riddled with Kojima World Order jokes and singing the NWO theme from professional wrestling. This marked the beginning of the Kojima World Order, a group of people dedicated to critiquing him, and making fun of him.
People also started to see through the web of lies and deceit that Phil employs daily to make views and avoid any fault, which prompted the birth of the "DSP Tries It" (named after Phil's very own food VLOGs) series, which highlights Phil's hypocrisy and constant self-contradictions as he struggles to damage control his mistakes.
White Knights and Friends
PandaLee was Phil's girlfriend who he met through an online gaming session. She's a diehard fan of The Sims, and when they were together, she didn't help Phil by doing anything around the house, or assisted Phil with the non-gaming stuff for his channel. Instead, she sat in her "office" and plays The Sims all day long. One could be forgiven for assuming that she originally tried to use Phil to gain popularity for her own gaming channel, which did actually receive a Machinima partnership. However, it was clear that she's just your standard gold digger who broke up with Phil in May 2017, leaving him entirely left on his own financially wise.
The first thing anyone will notice is how young PandaLee is compared to Phil. PandaLee is jokingly referred to as Phil's daughter thanks to a troll who dissed Phil in Destiny online. When she was first introduced, people called into question the age of PandaLee and whether or not Phil was a pedophile, or ephebophile. Phil and Pandalee had a strange father-daughter like relationship. No affection is ever shown between the two despite being in a romantic relationship and the pair often spends their time together at places that you would often see a parent taking their child, such as a zoo.
Another thing you may notice right off the bat is how whiny and annoying she was in the viewers eyes. If they thought Phil's solo let's plays were bad enough, she did them no favor. PandaLee was heavily criticized for constantly talking and complaining, getting into petty arguments with Phil, and making random noises. The Assassin's Creed III playthought, because of Hurricane Sandy trapping Pandalee in Phil's condo and Phil deciding to play the game as soon as it came out instead of doing the sensible thing and delaying it, featured her in every episode. This Is How You DON'T Do Co-Op Commentary is just a small taste of what a typical playthrough featuring PandaLee is like.
Finally, no matter what PandaLee says or does, Phil was always there to defend her. In his Kingdom Hearts finale stream, despite PandaLee outright insulting fans of the game, Phil took her side, turned the chat into sub only mode, and verbally disparaged the viewers.
Panda also wasn't very subtle about her gold-digging when she was dating Phil, since she constantly flirted with other YouTubers on Twitter, big names like LordVash and ReviewTechUSA.
PandaLee and Responsibilities
PandaLee always belittled people that go to college, by making a lot of VLOGs on her channel explaining how she thinks studying is for dunces. She stopped her studies after high school, opting instead to look for a man that would carry her in life.
Now, this wouldn't be anything special, since a lot of women decide to stay at home, while the man goes to fetch the bread. What makes this truly noteworthy is her toxic attitude regarding work in general.
First of all, most women that don't go to work at least try to be of some help by tending to the house and cooking. Panda instead sits on her ass all day, playing The Sims or other games, while tweeting.
Her attitude to work is so negative that most of Phil's fans identified her as a gold digger almost instantly, which probably was not helped by Phil, who introduced her to his fans like she was a doll. She will constantly play the victim, complain, even pretend to be a rape victim if it will help her avoid any responsibility.
Not only she doesn't help Phil around the household, she actually HURTS HIM. It was because of her that he bought an expensive house in a gated community in Washington. All because she wanted to pay less taxes on her soap business on Etsy, which makes pocket change. She constantly trolls Phil's fans, alienating the very same people that PAY FOR THEIR MORTGAGE. Phil also lost his old Twitch account because of her. It's safe to say that Phil only kept her around for sex.
In 2015, shockingly enough, Pandalee got a job. This was a big change in the Burnell household, and Panda gained a lot of sympathy among detractors that day. Unfortunately though, her attitude hasn't improved at all. She now complains about how hard her job is almost every day, and constantly threatens her superiors on Twitter. Which could seriously get her fired, and it's just a matter of time before it happens.
JohnRambo and Howard
JohnRambo (also known as SuperJohnRambo) and Howard were Phil's best friends since the FGC days. John, in particular, starred in a lot of collabs with DSP on his channel. They were truly good friends, and always tried to respect Phil. However, it was clear that their friendship was an abusive one. Phil would call them only when he had something to gain, like a collab for views, or to work on projects.
John and Howard seemed to have broken ties with him after Phil decided to leave Connecticut and go live with his then-girlfriend in Seattle, Washington. But Phil, being the good friend he is, kept pestering them with messages, usually to work on more collabs. Phil also decided it would be a good idea to monetize the death of their common friend in a clickbait VLOG. This, along with him reading John's private messages on video, was the final straw of the friendship.
One day, Phil said in a VLOG that he had no idea why John and Howard parted ways from him, and challenged John and Howard to reach out to him. John and Howard, at their breaking point, finally decided to expose to the internet the reasons that brought the friendship's end with a 2 hour audiolog.
John Rambo revealed that Phil didn't pay his friends for their work on their projects, pocketing the money himself and using it to buy luxury items like a BMW.
Phil clearly didn't want anyone to hear this, since he took the audiolog down. John responded by reuploading it on a file sharing site. This audiolog was a huge remorse killed for trolls, and was the point of no return for his backlash.
KGhaleon is Phil's biggest white knight and fan. Although Phil has a fair amount of people who do defend him, KGhaleon in particular is known for going the distance by doxing people and getting innocent moderators banned.
KGhaleon mainly lurks around twitter and Phil's stream. This is a man who takes things way too far with people who offer constructive criticism towards Phil, to the point where he's just as delusional as Phil himself. He first became known when he posted the IP address of one person, everyone had called him out on it of course but this would not be the last time he doxed someone. It had gotten to the point where Phil himself had told an anonymous someone, which was clearly him, to knock it off. Wanting to do anything to be Phil's right-hand man however, he would later call out one of Phil's own moderators, Jewbacca, as a Kojima World Order member. Phil of course, believed him and banned the guy despite being completely innocent. The Kojima World Order had gained a new member that day.
It wasn't over however, Phil would later grow paranoid about getting SWATed. SWATing is when someone calls the police and falsely accuses someone, usually a streamer, of an offense serious enough to warrant them sending the SWAT team to the guy's house. This is usually done so that the caller can see someone on stream surrendering to the cops. (SWATing is a felony, do not ever do this.) Despite living in a gated community however, Phil was still living in fear and that's when KGhaleon came to the rescue. KGhaleon, being a known doxer, had gotten hold of someone's information when the victim was simply discussing SWATing with no intention of doing it. After giving the information to Phil and accusing the innocent person of conspiring to SWAT him, Phil personally threatened to dox the victim himself as a statement.
KGhaleon also got ripped off by Phil a bunch of times, yet he still goes back to defend him everytime.
Famous DSP Detractors
Phil has made so many enemies during his stay on the internet, that it would take an entire page on this wiki just for them. But here's the most noteworthy ones:
Tevin is a streamer on YouTube and Twitch, focused on reacting to Phil's gameplay and prestreams.
Tevin will usually stream Phil's prestreams or gameplay, giving his opinion and commentary on the new events in the King of Hate 's life.
He got the attention of Phil when his streams actually started to have more viewers than his. This angered Phil to no end, so for revenge, he said that Tevin is "illegally cloning his streams and stealing his viewers", probably in an attempt to get him banned. Of course, Tevin didn't get banned.
Nowadays, just mentioning Tevin in Phil's Stream Chat is a surefire way to get you instantly banned. Salty much?
Phil's salt has gotten so bad, that weens have made an habit of using Tevin's name and face to troll Phil. A particular fan even hid Tevin's face inside some of Phil's fan art one time. This angered Phil like mad, giving the trolls the reaction they so hoped they'd get.
Tevin is also the one that gave birth to the funny nickname "Dave" for DSP. This nickname has been adopted by a lot of detractors, and Phil in retaliation, nicknamed Tevin "Tervin", missing the point entirely.
Sons of Kojima
The Sons of Kojima were a group of trolls that discussed DSP antics and made reactions of his gameplays.
Their channel had gotten so big, that they had even got their personal podcast, where they mostly laughed at Phil for 2-3 hours each episode.
The leader of the group was Fred Fuchs. Unfortunately, the Sons of Kojima disbanded because of him.
To show that he was better than Phil, he started a water charity on his channel, and actually got a well built in Africa, with a Sons of Kojima nameplate included! Wow, what a nice guy, right?
However, Fred Fuchs started to dictate how other detractor channels should operate, and also secretly started drama to fuel the Sons of Kojima channel views, while making sure that other competing channels would not get popular.
In particular, it's rumored that the Sons of Kojima are responsable for the swatting incident, which they made happen so they could talk about it on their podcast.
The Sons of Kojima have also destroyed some of the smaller detractor channels, using false copyright strikes. In particular, they destroyed Ardnas channel, a popular DSP Detractor channel at the time, just because they didn't agree with him monetizing his videos.
The SoK died after a leak exposed all their secrets to the world. Fred Fuchs has since gone into hiding.
Jackie Chin is the guy responsible for the false copyright strikes fiasco that happened during Phil's Majora Mask playthrough.
Jackie Chin had designed the fan art for Phil's Majora's Mask playthrough, which he then used.
However, later down the road, Jackie started flagging Phil's playthrough, saying that he hadn't gave Phil permission to use his fanart.
This gave Phil two copyright strikes, and almost destroyed Phil channel, he only managed to save his channel because fanboys told him what was happening, and he managed to set all the videos on private before they locked down his channel.
Because he set his Majora's Mask playthrough private, he lost ALL the views that he had gotten from it. This made his channel lose relevancy from the search rankings on YouTube, making him disappear completely and funnily enough, making the detractors videos show up instead when you searched "DSPGaming".
Jackie Chin allegedly did this, because of Phil's pocketing the money for Project 7.
Kojima World Order
The Kojima World Order was one of the first detractor channels, not counting DSPCultLeader.
The Kojima World Order mostly exposed Phil's hypocrisy by showing his Pre-Stream footage and letting his viewers see all the times that he contradicted himself, sometimes even in the same video.
They also made some This is How You DON'T Play videos. The channel is mostly inactive these days.
The man who created the first TIHYDP videos. Phil, to this day, still holds a grudge against him, saying that it's all his fault that people hate him now.
Never mind that EvilAJ created TIHYDP because of his toxic behaviour, and lies. Phil said that his Metal Gear Solid playthroughs were well received, which was hilarious, since the comment section under each video was full of fans of the game insulting him because he was shitting on the game and on Kojima because of his own flaws as a gamer.
TIHYDP was created to show Phil that he was wrong, people hated his playthroughs, which is why the comments are showcased in the TIHYDP videos.
An infamous video is DSP response to the first TIHYDP video, where he said that EvilAJ is mentally ill and that the white coats need to come and get him, and calls him a "Stupid Elitist Prick Idiot".
Adventures on Twitch.TV
Phil's Twitch account was made so that Phil could stream his gameplay to his limited fanbase. While that sounds good that a let's player is streaming so that fans can see the gameplay live, the channel itself was basically a concentration camp. First and foremost, if you said anything other than praise for Phil or instructions on how to get past something anyone could figure out in five seconds, you were banned. Period.
Maybe you weren't interested in chatting or giving Phil instructions and that's fine, the stream is about the game, right? Phil's streams would start with a pre-stream that could go on for thirty minutes to an hour and it is basically him ranting about little things and trolls and even going as far as blaming his own fans for his lack of views. It's also the perfect time for Phil to beg his viewers for money. What he does not understand is that this is where a lot of his infamy comes from. Most of the Phil reveal videos you will see come from his pre-streams. After he finally gets off of his soapbox and plays the game, you're treated to a bitrate that is far too high by Twitch standards and for what American internet can handle. There are of course, constant breaks that Phil takes so you're treated to ads unless you use Adblock on Phil's channel.
As expected, you could pay money to subscribe to Phil's channel but there was absolutely no reason to ever do so. To put it bluntly, this was what you got for doing so: the ability to help Phil with something he should be able to do for himself, emotes, priority on game box giveaways that have no game inside, and access to Phil's previous streams. Believe it or not, some people actually did this and one person in particular would pay to cover other people's subscriptions.
As was previously mentioned, the high bitrate caused an admin to come into the chat one day and respectfully ask Phil to lower the bitrate to the twitch standards. Rather than comply, Phil complained that it would make his stream look bad and later threw a hissy fit, claiming that the mod threatened to ban him from Twitch. Due to this, Phil had moved on to streaming on Youtube in which he can stream in whatever quality he wants and all views count towards his Machinima contract. Today, Phil's twitch channel no longer exists due to Pandalee getting into an argument on the channel and shutting it down herself.
Betrayal of the Moderators
Later on, the Moderators of his forum would decide to leave Phil for good, since they were sick of being mistreated and insulted by him. Phil had (and still has today) the habit to lock every thread with any semblance of criticism/advice, and then get pissed off at his moderators for not doing their job, even though they were all fans of his that did this for free.
The turning point was when Phil broke the promise he made to them, being that he would not lock threads without consulting the moderators first.
Phil, like usual, blamed the moderators for his breaking of the promise, which prompted them to finally retaliate by hacking the forums, posting porn all over the place, and by changing Phil's username to "The King of Locks".
Today, Phil has got a new forum with new moderators, but it's only a matter of time before history repeats itself.
When Phil moved from Connecticut to Washington, he monetized his move by making a bunch of VLOGs about his new house. This milking of the cow would prove to be very costly to him, however, as Trolls would use these videos to pinpoint the exact location of his new home.
His dox inevitably got leaked on YouTube and 4chan, which resulted in him getting swatted during a Batman: Arkham Knight stream in the Summer of 2014. Fortunately for him, no one got harmed and the whole thing was over in a matter of minutes.
Phil would even laugh histerically on stream, saying he had already predicted this and went ahead and notified the police about it before it had even happened. So he basically laughed at the Trolls expense, saying he was never in any danger. Phil would later contradict himself and say that he risked his life and almost got shot down, just to gain pity points and get more donations.
Patreon and Project 7
Today, Phil is a sinking ship. His YouTube Channel is failing, with an extremely low view per sub ratio. He has no friends left, and no one takes him seriously, barring the possibilities of any worthwhile collab happening to boost views.
The only way DSP's channel is surviving today is thanks to Patreon. To get people to pledge to him, he decided to trick them by promising a reboot of Project 7, an old web series he had made with John Rambo and Howard. Phil kept telling his fans he would work on Project 7, only to back down from his obligations every month.
He also got people to pledge to him by saying he needed to buy a new camera, but after getting his money, he scrapped the Project 7 reboot and pocketed the money for himself. The Project 7 reboot is on indefinite hold, which makes it obvious it will never happen.
His Patreon is, quite simply, a fraud. He demands a buttload of money each month to do things that every other YouTuber does for free. He hides playthroughs behind paywalls, and uses the money not to improve his channel, but to fuel his lavish lifestyle and eat fast food, which by the way, got him Gout.
Fortunately for him, he still has a cult of whiteknights that follow him, think he's flawless and pledge to his Patreon, paying his bills for him.
We can safely say that Phil will never change. It took him years to change from camera to direct capture, he simply does not understand how criticism works, and has paranoia and delusion issues. His channel is a ticking time bomb, it's only a matter of time before it dies. All we can do is wait and see.
On May 1, 2016, during one of his prestreams, Phil appeared to be masturbating, with his face being visible via facecam. With how infamous he is already, the prestream was quickly recorded, with people creating many parody videos and images.
At first, Phil reacted as he always did, banning anyone in the chat for bringing it up and calling people idiots for thinking he was jerking off. He then claimed that he was simply scratching his leg, despite the fact that human beings do not normally orgasm from just scratching their leg.
Then, Keemstar made a DramaAlert video mentioning the incident. DramaAlert viewers came to Phil's channel, looking through all Phil's pre-stream videos to see if he had uploaded the incident. The spike in views Phil got from this incident, due to DramaAlert or otherwise, led him to seemingly embrace what had happened, retweeting some of the images and even making one of them his Twitter banner. However, since his ego was still too fragile to handle being made fun of, he or one of his asspatters got Machinima to take down the original video with the pre-stream footage.
Because of the spike in views he got, and his understated reaction to realizing the camera was on the entire time, some believe that Phil faked this entire thing to get attention and save his flagging "business". However if he masturbated on stream on purpose, it only shows how desperate for views he is now. Either way, fake or not, Phil comes out of this looking like an idiot.
Later, Phil would explain that during that incident he was masturbating to "some blonde chick getting fucked", and that he didn't think the video was very good.
The King of Narcissism
What truly makes Phil a lolcow however are his ego and his delusion. He truly believes that he is the inventor of let's playing and is above constructive criticism. This is blatantly false since the "Let's Play" term was actually coined by Slowbeef of the Something Awful forums.
Phil actually believes that his video game playthroughs are works of art. Offering any sort of constructive criticism whatsoever will cause Phil to accuse you of being a hater and/or troll and block you. Try to offer constructive criticism on his own forums? He will immediately lock the thread. As far as Phil is concerned, his word is the only correct one and that everyone else is wrong.
Phil always makes promises to change and he has done so for the last two and a half years, but has done nothing at all to deliver on those promises. Phil expects PewDiePie-level views for absolutely no effort whatsoever on his part. Phil will actually go out of his way to call out his own subscribers on stream if one of his playthroughs underperforms. He will try to guilt trip them into watching his videos, like they have an obligation to do so and will disappoint him if they don't.
He has a twisted sense of morality, constantly condemning other Youtubers behavior, calling them fake and money-hungry, and then, when he will inevitably do the same thing as them to make easy money, pull out a really contrived excuse for why it's okay when he does it.
He has called out numerous reviewers and critics for chastising games that he himself liked such as Duke Nukem Forever, Resident Evil 6, and Murdered: Soul Suspect, yet has insulted people for liking games he hated like Spider-Man for the PlayStation. Phil calls himself The King of Hate because "he uses the hate he gets to fuel himself" but in truth, Phil has thin skin and cannot realize that his own personality is why he receives the hate to begin with.
Phil is the textbook definition of a narcissist, and this quality is one of the most entertaining aspects of his Lolcow persona. A lot of people, haters and fans alike, watch purely to see him fail and to witness his own self-destruction. A trainwreck, plain and simple.
Machinima Strikes Back
March 2017. Tension was at an all-time high in the Burnell household. Views have never been lower, Phil is churning out E-Begging vlogs daily and fans are getting tired of him complaining about money. Phil, of course, starts blaming YouTube and Machinima, saying, in his own delusions, that he's getting paid less even if his views and engagement is up. After one last E-begging session, Phil starts threatening Machinima live on pre-stream. Weens jumped in, emailing Machinima immediately. And so, Phil's Machinima contract is no more. After being fired by Machinima, he quickly found a replacement partnership, but it's safe to say, that his salary is now a shell of its former self. Meanwhile, Pandalee's time with Phil would prove to be over...
The Fake Ring Fiasco and the Break-up
In early 2017, PandaLee tweeted a picture of a fake engagement ring, but didn't say what it was. Then during a Twitch session, one of Phil's fans mentioned "Leanna's fake engagement ring" which Phil immediately tried to deflect, saying he didn't give her a ring.
Panda, probably pressured by her coworkers and parents, obviously wanted Phil to tie the knot with her. Unfortunately for her, it seems like Phil never had any intentions of marrying her. So Panda had to buy a fake engagement ring to show off to her coworkers.
Then, in April 2017, Phil proposed saying "Let's get this over with.", probably to shut up both Panda and the trolls/detractors. But it soon was writing on the wall. Phil just proposed to calm down Leanna, but he never put any effort into the relationship, nor started working towards organizing the marriage. Because of this, Panda started to distance herself from Phil, appearing less and less in Phil videos, and starting to hang out with her coworkers more and more.
One curious conversation between Phil and Leanna was recorded during one of his streams. Phil asked Leanna if she would come back to make dinner, to which she replied "Maybe, i'm going to go see HIM". The identity of this "HIM" is not known, but maybe Phil was starting to feel the effects of hypergamy.
A month later, PandaLee had a panic attack in the hospital, and Phil made a scene at the hospital, which likely culminated in the break-up.
Panda was really in bad shape, and Phil, instead of tending to her, actually started a fight with a nurse, and then, to make things worse, scolded Leanna, saying to her "never make this happen again." Leanna finally left Phil.
And so Phil was left by the only woman that ever showed affection to him. Phil of course denied the breakup first, but trolls quickly realized that Leanna was not living with Phil anymore.
And so at the end of May, Phil announced his breakup with PandaLee, meaning he has no more full-time girlfriend and then he blamed her for the events in an early June 2017 pre-stream of one of his games.
Post-Leanna and the Fake Hooker saga
After the breakup, he became more narcissistic and arrogant throughout 2017. Then during early 2018, his finances were going low. He then blamed the lower views on trolls and detractors, and became more reliant on begging on Twitch for bits (cheers) and tips. Phil tried to beg for viewers to cheer and tips, which ended up getting him suspended temporarily in late February 2018.
Phil's views are now in the shitter, so much so, that he's relying on Twitch tips and cheers to stay afloat.
Meanwhile... a new saga was about to unfold.
Early in 2018, Phil announced that he was dating someone again. To make trolls feel jealous, he posted a photo of the back of red haired girl tending to his Christmas tree.
Speculation started among the detractor community, who could this woman be?
A Kiwifarms user even snapped a photo of someone looking like him, holding hands with the redhead. No one had seen the mystery woman's face. All this speculation culminated in the beginning of the Fake Hooker saga.
A ween named "MysteryWoman" posted a thread on Kiwifarms, saying that she was a hooker hired by Phil. People put two and two together, and the trolls started mocking Phil on his website and Stream Chat, saying that Phil had hired a hooker to pretend to be his girlfriend.
Phil denied of course, getting really angry and salty. Even KGHaleon came out from his hole to defend his master this time.
Later, it was found out that the whole thing was an elaborate hoax by some ween, for once Phil was not lying. His girlfriend was real!
That's when Phil introduced Kat.
After Machinima had dropped him, Phil managed to find a new partnership very quickly.
At first, he got a new contract under an MCN called Laveria Media, which didn't last very long. Not only weens pestered Laveria Media with messages, showcasing Phil's antics to the MCN, but it turns out that the whole partnership with Laveria was just a troll attempt. In reality, the managers of Laveria Media were detractors, and they had offered him the partnership just to mock him. Some of the guys of Laveria Media had even attended a podcast from the Sons of Kojima, which were notorious detractors of DSP. So, there's no need to say it, but the whole thing with Laveria didn't even last one month.
Shortly after though, Phil got a partnership proposal from Curse. The pay, while inferior to Machinima, most likely, was still decent, and it provided copyright protection to Phil, so there was no way he could refuse.
The Curse is Lifted
July 2018. Phil contract with Curse has expired, and Phil received a comunication: his contract has not been renewed!
Phil found himself without partnership yet again, and not only that, because of his Google AdSense incident way back at the beginning of his career, he completely lost his ability to monetize videos on DSPGaming.
Why did Curse not renew his contract? Not much is known about the reasons, but it's speculated that since YouTube has tightened the grip for MCNs and made the rules much harsher, that Curse understandably does not want to associate with a guy who fapped in front of the entire internet.
To recoup his losses, Phil made a bunch of emergency VLOGs, like usual. This of course made his paypigs donate a bunch of money to him on Patreon and Twitch. Not only that, but he started to upload his playthroughs on KOGaming, which he can still monetize. Which had an hilarious side effects of making him lose a buttload of subscribers, since a lot of people don't want to have their sub box spammed with 50 videos a day.
So Phil has made a lot of money from the ordeal. However... if his Patreons ever decide to stop donating to him, he's going to be fucked. He's now relying on a really volatile source of income, that is, donations. The day his luck runs out, he's going to be in real trouble.
He started by posting a photo on Instagram with her, which finally revealed her face to everyone.
Unlike Leanna, Kat does not seem to want to be involved with Phil's antics. Refusing her photos to be shared and not wanting to play games together with Phil.
Because she probably knows about Phil's lolcow history, she obviously does not want to be involved.
Trolls targeted her, and started calling her "horseface" because of her prominent teeth and huge forehead. This really angered Kat, because she had told Phil to not share her stuff with his viewers.
But Phil had to prove the detractors wrong, so he refused to listen to her.
Phil later uploaded a video with Kat, ironically, on the same day as when he uploaded his Leanna introduction video. History repeats itself?
Unlike Leanna's video, where she looked cheerful and happy, Kat's video was the opposite.
In the video, Kat looked extremely uncomfortable, almost as if she didn't want to be there, Phil was holding her hostage.
Kat obviously didn't want to film that video, maybe she only did it because forced by Phil.
It's unknown now if Kat really has feelings for Phil. Considering her cold, detached behaviour and the fact that she does not want to do anything with him, most people assume that she just wants to leech some resources off him. Does Kat really love Phil? Only time will tell.
The Cheating Soulmaid
Near the end of July 2018, a man contacted Tevin, a famous DSP Detractor, stating that Kat used to be his girlfriend, but she cheated on him with Phil!
The man said to Tevin that Kat was living with him, but he had saw her chatting with Phil, so he dumped her and kicked her out of his home.
It's unknown if this is true, but that would explain why Phil said that Kat was living in a hotel, and also why Phil paid her the traveling expenses and offered her shelter in his home so quickly.
A bit of digging later and the Kiwis found some semblance of proof, including some videos of Kat with her ex boyfriend AND the ex boyfriend facebook page, where you can see that he was indeed engaged with Kat.
This revelation puts a really dark spin on the Soulmaid saga. It means that not only Phil cucked another man, but that Kat is just using Phil.
It's still unknown if this is really legit, but there is at least some semblance of proof, unlike the Fake Hooker saga.
It would certainly explain why Kat is so cold with Phil, and also why Kat is acting so mysterious when she appears during Phil streams. So mysterious, that if a fan asks her a question, Phil will not let her talk and respond in her stead!
How will things develop? Will Phil prove the Detractors that Kat is innocent? Find out next time on Detractor Ball Z!
The War Against Tevin Begins
Halloween 2018. Phil organized a special Halloween stream for his fans. He held a Patreon goal to raise enough money to furbish his home with Halloween decorations. This goal was met, and Phil in response placed a couple of orange lightbuds above his couch. Money well spent! Phil also said that Kat would be on the stream with him, but not for the entire duration.
Phil unveiled his costume, AKA Bob Ross. While Kat was dressed as a generic witch.
The Stream started. Phil started playing horror games like Silent Hill, Resident Evil and other big budget AAA horror titles. You know, games completely suited for the quick pick up and play nature of the stream. Instead of picking something shorter and more sensible, like, Slenderman or PT.
This, coupled with extremely boring commentary, produced a sight to behold. A stream so boring that Kat was about to fall asleep. She stood there, besides Phil, in complete silence, looking like a prisoner, for the entire stream. Yet again proving the zero chemistry between them, unlike with Pandalee. Phil noticed this, and said he would let her play a few games too. Except he never did, being too busy silencing everyone in Stream Chat. Kat, being so bored, started to read chat. And the trolls started to wreak havoc. Mentioning Kat's ex boyfriend she cucked for Phil, her past history with her demonic possessed sister, and other nasty shit.
After a while, Phil finally goes on break. Kat, being so bored, probably hightailed herself out of that situation. So when Phil resumes stream, Kat is gone. Phil, butthurt because he can't keep his girlfriend entertained, decides to blame the trolls for Kat's departure. And then, Phil notices something really wrong.
His stream has only about 300 viewers, while Tevin's restream has about 1500! Enraged by this, Phil says that Tevin is responsible for the trolls coming to his chat. Namedropping Tevin and hinting at his viewers to go report his channel. He even says that "someone" he knows will make him pay. That someone probably being one of his asspatters like KG.
Tevin was watching the stream while this happened, his reaction being one of absolute shock and lulz.
So Phil, instead of chasing his girlfriend, and going partying with her, decided to make her attend a stream she was not interested at all in, and let her go get dicked by Tyrone while he begged for money on the internet. Then decided to blame Tevin for his idiocy.
After that day, Tevin is now the new scapegoat for his failures, joining the exclusive club of the SOK and Hideo Kojima!