YouTube content creator struggles to create regular videos due to pandemic

By Kira Gibson

A gaming content creator on YouTube specialising in Pokémon has struggled recently due to the pandemic and the effects it has had upon his mental health. 

The YouTuber (going by the name The Breph) hit a hard patch of posting on the platform after the coronavirus pandemic started. 

The Breph’s YouTube logo, Designed by The Breph.

The Breph was ready to hang up his YouTubing hat and stop posting for good, until he recently realised that doing a live stream and interacting with his viewers was more worthwhile than making regular short videos. 

The Breph said: “With people having more free time, whether they mean well or not they do put a lot of pressure on one’s shoulders to create timely content to the standard expected.

“The pandemic has hit me hard in the motivation department, but I’m focusing more on live streaming and live interaction with people – I think that benefits us all more than a short video will!”

Creating the channel to help with his mental health in 2019, the channel shortly picked up and the creator ended up with nearly 3,000 subscribers after just over a year. 

He learnt about emulating games onto his computer and found ways to interact and become a better fan in the Pokémon community; something which has proven to be effective in achieving the goals he has set out for himself. 

However, the pandemic knocked his motivation levels to a low, and he wasn’t sure if he should continue the channel. 

Unfortunately, The Breph isn’t the only YouTuber that has felt the wrath of the Covid-19 pandemic on their videos. 

Several sports YouTubers have had their content reduced to make way for the reduced sports matches available during the UK lockdowns.  

The impact that the virus is having on content creators is hit-and-miss. Some content creators have thrived in the extra time and others have shied away from the spotlight. 

Leicester Blueprint nightclub to be replaced by hotel and flats

Shantelle Gondo

Leicester’s Blueprint nightclub, in Church Gate, is to be destroyed and converted into a new hotel and flats complex.

The plans to demolish the nightclub and carry on with the scheme have been approved by Leicester City Council.

The former nightclub will be turned into a 171-room hotel, and a block of 142 apartments rising to 14 storeys.

However, there are concerns that the size of the new flats could affect the view of historic buildings nearby.  

DSU launches first-ever virtual ‘Give it a Go’ week

By Thomas Carter

DMU students have been involved with the launch of ‘Give it a Go’ week 2021 this week, an annual event packed with new and exciting activities.

The event, which the Students’ Union (DSU) kicked off in an announcement on social media at the beginning of this week (FEB15), will be held virtually for the first time due to Covid-19 restrictions not allowing students back on to campus.

Nevertheless, members of the DSU are determined to host a fun week with a variety of online sessions available to students from all years at DMU, in an effort to get more people trying new activities.

Virtual events include yoga sessions, ‘soccersize’ workouts and communal prayer, among others.

The full list of activities can be found at https://www.demontfortsu.com/whats_on/

Leicestershire FA announces March Referee online event with Premier League Assistant

By Luke Williamson

Premier League Assistant Referee Sian Massey-Ellis will be a part of an interactive question and answer session held by Leicestershire and Rutland County Football Association (LRCFA) in March.

The event, titled ‘Girls That Ref’, will be held on Thursday, March 11, and will run for two hours on Microsoft Teams.

Massey-Ellis will be joined on the panel by Jo Simpson, FA Referee Women’s Manager, and Rebecca Welch, FA Women’s Super League and FA Level two referee.

LRCFA are asking for any questions to be emailed prior to the event to ensure they are asked, and people can book their place and submit a question here https://www.leicestershirefa.com/news/2021/feb/09/lrcfa-march-referee-cpd-event-girls-that-ref.

Happy Chinese New Year! DMU to hold Martial Arts Workshop

by Abigail Beresford

To commemorate the start of Chinese New Year and the Year of the Ox, De Montfort University is holding a Martial Arts Workshop on Friday (FEB19).

The session will be led by Internal Martial Artist, Mr. Yun Choi Yeung, including a one-hour lecture, with some simple martial art exercises, and a chance for students to ask Mr. Yeung any questions.

The session is available to all members of the public and will also promote healthy student well-being.

To register your interest or to answer any queries, email CI@dmu.ac.uk .