Fortnite has been the most popular Battle Royale game in the world since its inception. The build aspect of the title, along with its myriad collaborations, has surely helped maintain its strength in the world of battle royale games. However, streamers and content creators have played a critical role in keeping Fortnite on top, which sometimes goes unnoticed.
Matthew “Hew” Moran is a Fortnite content creator/comedian from the United States. A lifelong gamer, Moran decided to turn his passion into a career by creating comedy sketches for his YouTube channel. While most of his videos are related to Fortnite, the 344k subscriber channel also features a potent catalog of Halo parodies.
While chatting with Sportskeeda Esports’ Yasho Amonkar, Hew talks about video ideas that never come to fruition, talks about what was going through his mind while uploading his first video, and states that he would love to collaborate with Pokimane.
“Collaborations are exactly what keep Fortnite alive as they continue to bring fans from other genres into the game” – Hew
Q) Fortnite Battle Royale will be five years old in a couple of months. Where do you think the game is headed in the next few years?
He w: It’s crazy to think that Fortnite is already five years old. I remember when he was in high school, everyone played it. Now, five years later, a lot of people I know are still playing it and I am a Fortnite content creator myself. I think we’ll see a lot more collaborations in the coming years that will keep the game relevant, and I’m really excited to see what they do!
Q) Your channel features Fortnite and Halo videos heavily. Which of these games do you prefer to play? What is your favorite game of all time?
He w: I currently prefer playing Fortnite over Halo due to Halo Infinite’s lackluster launch. But I also like Fortnite because it is updated every Tuesday and there is always something new to play or do.
I know this will sound crazy, but my favorite game is Pokémon. When I was a kid, I loved playing the games, and I still love playing them today. Games are timeless.
Q) The oldest video uploaded to your channel is a short titled “What Hew Moran does on Friday nights…”. While uploading the video, did you think it would ever hit 340,000 subscribers and have a total view count close to 100 million?
He w: As I uploaded the video, I had no idea that I would ever try to become a YouTuber or even have a single subscriber. It was just a random video of me and my friend walking around 7-Eleven at like 12am, making a video for our friends and the five people who saw me on Twitch at the time. It’s crazy how far the channel has come since then.
Q) The “Fortnite Stereotypes” series on your channel is my favorite. What kind of Fortnite player would you call yourself if you had to choose one of those stereotypes? Is the fourth part of that series in preparation?
He w: My God, I haven’t thought about that series in almost a year. I love those videos. I definitely have to classify myself as the excuse guy. I always come up with the dumbest excuses when I die. Maybe for you, I’ll do a part 4 soon, but it wasn’t in the pipeline or planned.
Q) Getting a satisfactory amount of views is never under the control of the creator. A YouTuber may have high expectations for a particular video, but the result could be below average. How do you react when such a situation arises?
He w: Yes, this is a problem sometimes when we spend a few days making a video and then it fails. I’m usually a little upset, but I just focus on making the next video.
I usually don’t have time to keep checking the stats because we upload to the main parody channel three times a week and we’re currently working on uploading at least once a week on the vlog channel. I usually focus on the next project and do my best.
Q) As a comedian, a lot of your time is likely to be spent brainstorming ideas for new sketches. There’s a chance that you initially feel like a specific idea would make a good video, but it never materializes and you end up scrapping the video altogether. How often does this kind of thing happen?
He w: This is a great question. I listen to it a lot. I usually spend an hour a day brainstorming ideas and only come up with a good one. When I started doing skits, it was so much easier to grab my sister and a cell phone and record. A lot of skits were made, but not a lot were released because after editing them, I was like, “yo, this sucks.”
Doing a skit now requires like three people on set and a lot more money, so a lot of videos are scrapped as part of the pipeline idea. I try to avoid creating content that I don’t post, but there are probably two or three recorded/edited skits that I discard in a month.
Q) Chapter 3 Season 3 will start soon. What are your expectations for the next season? For some loopers, it’s the story, while for others, it’s the cosmetics. What is the aspect of the game that captivates you the most?
He w: I know this is controversial to say, but I love collaborations. I’ve heard rumors that Darth Vader is in the next Battle Pass, so hopefully we’ll see Star Wars related stuff on the map to interact with or use. What I want most is the lightsaber spikes, but I know that can’t happen because they have lightsaber weapons.
Note: This interview was conducted prior to the release of Chapter 3 Season 3.
Q) Who were your favorite YouTubers growing up? Were you inspired by any of them when you started your own channel? If you could collaborate with any Fortnite content creator, who would it be and why?
He w: My favorite YouTubers growing up were Rhett and Link, Pewdiepie and Bo Burnham. I think they rubbed off on a little bit of my content because their YouTube videos were always comedy-based, no matter what they were doing.
I try to do the same. No matter how tame we make something, like “Run on a treadmill until I win a game of Fortnite”, I try to make it as fun and playful as possible for viewers.
Also, the creator I would love to collaborate with is Pokimane because I need a wife, end of question.
Q) Do you think Fortnite would have been able to last for so long if it hadn’t been for your many collaborations? What is your favorite collaboration in the game?
He w: I think collaborations are exactly what keep Fortnite alive. They are amazing and they keep bringing fans of different things to Fortnite or letting fans of these various things into Fortnite for the first time. My favorite collaboration right now is Moon Knight because I love the TV show, but it’s constantly changing.
Q) From monetizing your channel in 2020 to reaching 300,000 subscribers by the end of 2021, your journey has been nothing but inspiring. How would you describe your career on YouTube so far? Could you reveal what keeps you motivated to keep making videos?
He w: It’s been a sobering experience and I honestly never thought it would happen so honestly I’m still amazed every day that I can wake up and make funny videos as my job.
What keeps me motivated is that every day I get to try something new. I can run in public, have fun while recording and make videos that people enjoy.