|The Sidemen ||The Sidemen Yearbook|
The Sidemen (formally the Ultimate Sidemen), created on 19 October 2013, are a group of seven British YouTubers who have boosted in popularity throughout the past 5 years. They are all good friends, play video games together and have created a commercial brand from their name.
The name is an allusion to a term to refer to those who are "behind the scenes" and are much less noticed than the main people. Originally, Simon was a "sideman" to JJ and Tobi was a "sideman" to Josh.
- Main article: The Sidemen Yearbook
In 2005, Simon and JJ became friends (aged 12-13). Simon would help him record videos by holding the camera. The two eventually ended up connecting with Zerkaa, who was long-term friends with TBJZL from secondary school. On Josh's birthday, the four were all in a voice hangout and started watching a stream from Behzinga. They then invited him to the group. This group was nicknamed - by Simon - as "The Original Five". Ethan coined the official name of the group.
They started recording and playing GTA together, and then invited Vikkstar123. He was a fit despite not being as invested in FIFA/football as the others - so naturally, he joined the group, as it was an informal group at the time. The Ultimate Sidemen - minus wroetoshaw - officially formed on 19 October 2013. A few months later, in early 2014, they asked Harry to record with them and he too fit in.
In addition to these seven, British rapper "JME" is considered an official/unofficial member of the Sidemen, since he allegedly played a key part in the group's formation (he has still been said to be a part of the Sidemen by multiple members as of 2016).
In August 2017, KSI "left" the group (he claimed it was "because of Ethan", triggering events known as the "Sidemen War/Beef"). The majority of the "beef" was fabricated - as JJ and Ethan are still friends - and was deemed by some as a ploy to gain more views/attention. In reality, JJ never left the group and the seven are still together as of 2018.
The members of the group are:
- miniminter (2013—present)
- KSI (2013—present)
- wroetoshaw (2014—present)
- Behzinga (2013—present)
- Zerkaa (2013—present)
- TBJZL (2013—present)
- Vikkstar123 (2013—present)
As their popularity began to grow, the Sidemen have branched out and started hosting their own events. Appearances at commercial gaming events such as Insomnia, as well as unofficial meet-ups are not counted as there are too many of them:
- 2016 Charity Football Match (June 2016)
- Upload Event #1 (November 2016)
- 2017 Charity Football Match (May 2017)
- Sidemen War (August 2017)
- Upload Event #2 (September 2017)
- KSI/Weller Boxing Match (February 2018)
- 2018 Charity Football Match (June 2018)
- The Sidemen Show (June 2018)
- KSI/Logan Paul Boxing Match (August 2018)
2017 Sidemen Beef Edit
- Main article: 2017 Sidemen War
A series of events known as the "Sidemen War" or the "Sidemen Beef" began in August 2017 as a result of JJ jokingly announcing he'd be leaving the group. What followed was numerous Twitter spats and a series of diss tracks.
The Sidemen Show Edit
- Main article: The Sidemen Show
In 2018, the Sidemen launched a web television series for YouTube Premium. It premiered in June 2018 to positive reviews and reactions.
The Sidemen have a diverse fan base; much to the disbelief of most viewers. As shown in vlogs made by individual Sidemen members, the majority of the fans that show up to events are young teenage males. However, their fans range from all different ages and a large proportion of them are female.
Thankfully, the majority of the fans are loyal and respectful. Not all of them are 12, and the groups content is enjoyed by a wide demographic. However, the surprising number of underage fans makes content creation somewhat difficult.
Luckily, the Sidemen have not conformed to this fact and still include adult themes within their videos (in particular is KSI who regularly references sex and masturbation within his videos - to a somewhat extreme extent).
The majority of the fanbase are British (primarily due to the fact that the group themselves are British) although the group has fans from almost every country on the planet.
This is an overview of where each of the Sidemen currently live (as of September 2017). To protect their privacy, their exact addresses will not be revealed:
|The Sidemen House/Former Sidemen House|
|Stratford Halo Tower|
This is a list of the current and former cars owned by each of the Sidemen. Some of this information may be outdated and therefore incorrect. Additionally, if you can find out some of the blank dates, feel free to fill the gaps in if you have a good source (or leave it in the comments below):
- Audi A3 (January 2015—present)
- Tesla Model S P90D (October 2016—present)
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage (May 2015—present)
- Volkswagen Scirocco (May 2013—2016)
- Lamborghini Gallardo 50th Anniversary Edition (June 2015—August 2017)
- Range Rover Evoque (September 2014—August 2015)
- Audi A4 (Unknown—unknown)
Supported Football Clubs Edit
|Behzinga||West Ham United|
All of the Sidemen are fans of association football and FIFA is the main game that is commonly associated with most them. Each member of the group has at least two YouTube channels; one for FIFA and "real life" videos and one for other games such as Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty. Vikkstar123 is an exception; his main channel is not FIFA-focused and his second channel is Minecraft-focused (although he also runs a third Let's Play channel and a fourth Call of Duty community channel).
This is a list of video games played by the Sidemen since the groups inception in 2013.
- This list is potentially endless. You can help out by adding any video games we may have missed. Please make sure they are genuine and you have sourced them reliably.
- A game that gains a position on this list must have had AT LEAST two Sidemen playing together (i.e. a video game that miniminter has played on his own would not count towards this list).
- The group, mainly those living in the Sidemen House, record gameplay all through the night and spend up to 14 hours a day sitting at their desks. Due to this, their sleep pattern/schedule is messed up beyond repair. Vikkstar123 suffers the most from this and has revealed that, in order to sustain his near-constant upload schedule on YouTube, he goes to sleep at around 11:00 am and wakes up at 6:00 pm.
Olajide "JJ" Olatunj