Ethan Nestor (CrankGameplays)

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Ethan Nestor
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Personal information
BornEthan Mark Nestor-Darling
October 24, 1996
EducationCEHS (Cape Elizabeth High School)
YouTube information
Years activeDec 2, 2015- Present
(November 15, 2020)
Total views120,386,538
Associated actsMarkiplier
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2020

Ethan Mark Nestor-Darling (born October 24, 1996), known online as CrankGameplays, is an American YouTuber, Twitch Streamer, game-commentator, musical artist, and former editor. He is originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine and is well known for his work with fellow Youtuber Mark "Markiplier" Fischbach.

Early Life[edit]

Ethan Mark Nestor-Darling was born October 24, 1996 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine to parents Mark Nestor and Annie Darling. Ethan praised cinema and acting from a young age, filming videos with his older half brother, Andrew Jośe Nestor. After Ethan found YouTube, he became interested and made is debut video on August 29th, 2012 at around 2 AM.[1]

At a young age it was discovered that Ethan had a severe allergy to peanuts. He was also diagnosed with ADHD in the 7th grade.

Personal Life[edit]

Ethan trained as a gymnast for about 10 years before he quit to focus on his YouTube channel as his grades began to decline. He won many awards, and nearly made it onto the national team, but his all-around score was short by a few fractions of a point.

In 2015, he graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School and moved out to Portland, Maine to take a gap year to focus on YouTube. He had planned on living in Florida with his uncle to attend Full Sail University, but ultimately decided against it once his YouTube career became more serious.

While living in Portland with his father, Ethan had a job as a waiter at "Salvage BBQ" restaurant, where he eventually became the manager.

Ethan also owns an adorable Australian cattle dog named Spencer.

YouTube Career[edit]

Ethan started his first channel on August 29, 2012 and started his current channel on December 1, 2015. He is well known for making video game playthroughs and uploading his Twitch VODs.

Early Channels[edit]

Ethan's first channel started on August 30, 2012. His first video titled "Dirty Mic and the Boys-Happy Wheels Gameplay Numero Uno", made the day before his channel's creation, features him and his friend Andrew Harrington playing Happy Wheels. The name of the channel came from one of Ethan's bedroom posters that read "Crank", with Ethan simply adding the "Gameplays" suffix to it. His channel's logo and original intro were both designed by his father, Mark. The channel's mascot is named "Gizmo the Gear" and he refers to his fanbase as the "Cranky Crew".

His secondary channel, CrankyVlogs.[2], was created on May 10, 2013. On it, Ethan would vlog about his daily life and discuss various topics of his personal interest. Two years later, he stopped posting videos on the channel as he felt its content was of poor quality.

Current Channels[edit]

Ethan's original channel has since been renamed "Please go subscribe to my NEW channel!"[3] and moved all his videos over to his current channel, CrankGameplays,[4] and are in a playlist called "Old CrankGameplays | CrankGameplays."[5]

Ethan's main channel finally hit 1 Million subscribers on January 15, 2020.[6]

He also recently started a new channel called "CrankyVODs"[7] where he uploads unedited VODs from his twitch channel[8]


In 2014, he met Youtuber Markiplier at PAX East, where he did a back tuck for him. The following year, in 2015, he met Mark again and did another back tuck, earning him the nickname "backflip boy". After these events, him and Mark quickly became friends. In November of 2016, Mark asked Ethan to move out to Los Angeles, California with him to work as his editor. Nestor agreed and moved to Los Angeles on November 1, 2016[9]. He worked for Fischbach until March 8, 2018.[10]

In 2017, Nestor was a part of Markiplier's "You're Welcome"[11] tour. The show's made up of improvisational comedy and audience participation. The group visited Australia, various countries in Europe, as well as several states across the USA.[12]

Ethan often collaborates with creators like Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, Girbeagly, ChrisMelberger, PaladinAmber, Shubble, AshleyRoboto, and Eddy Burback.

He was also featured in YouTube Rewind 2016 alongside Mark.

Karaoke for Koalas[edit]

On January 17, 2020, Ethan did a charity livestream in support of Australian bushfires relief. He was joined by friends to sing karaoke, and ended up raising $77,919 in 10 hours.[13][14]

Unus Annus[edit]

On November 15, 2019, Ethan Nestor and his friend Mark Fischbach created "Unus Annus"[15], a YouTube channel in which they posted a new video everyday for one year. After that one year was up, they were to delete the channel and all of its contents. On November 13, 2020, Unus Annus was deleted.[16] At the end of a heartbreaking 12 hour livestream, Amy Nelson, Ethan Nestor, and Mark Fischbach clicked delete together. Mark and Ethan's final request was that no one were to archive/re-upload any of the videos. The channel's theme circled around the inevitability of death, the name in Latin means "One Year". Featured in most of the videos and on most of the merch, is the quote "Memento Mori", which, in Latin, means "Remember death".[17]


  1. "The Story of CrankGameplays". YouTube. Epidemic Sound. September 5, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "CrankyVlogs - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-09-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Please go subscribe to my NEW channel! - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  4. "CrankGameplays - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  5. "Old CrankGameplays | CrankGameplays - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  6. "The Road to 1 Million". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "CrankyVODs - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-11-15.
  8. CrankGameplays - Twitch, retrieved 2020-09-10
  9. "I'm Moving To LA!". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Vaynshteyn, Gina. "What Happened to Teamiplier?". Distractify. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "Markiplier's Tour: THE MOVIE". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Sheehan, Gavin (January 19, 2018). "Taking YouTube Fun on the Road: An Interview with Markiplier's 'You're Welcome Tour'". Bleeding Cool. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "Livestreams Raise Over $2 Million in Support of Australian Bushfires Relief". PR Newswire. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. Hein, Michael (January 22, 2020). "Jack Black Crashes Charity Karaoke Session to Belt out Classic AC/DC Song". Pop Culture. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. "Unus Annus - YouTube". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  16. Wade, Bethany. "The true meaning of Unus Annus: Why the channel is being deleted". Film Daily. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. Jones, Lexi (November 13, 2020). "Memento Mori: A Final Farewell to Unus Annus". Grit Daily. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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