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Jack Black says his gaming channel will beat PewDiePie, Ninja

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Protagonists of Brutal Legend staring in disbelief
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Let's face it, it was only a matter of time before Jables dipped his toes into game streaming waters and not only because he's worked with Schafer on Brutal Legend and Broken Age, but because the man is drawn to art like moths to flames.

Black broke the news in his typical manner that rarely dabbles in subtlety, claiming that his YouTube gaming channel will be way better than Ninja's or PewDiePie's. Heck, he even used PewDiePie's trademark shriek or whatever that intro greeting is called nowadays.

Anyway, the channel is called Jablinski Games, derived from Black's endless wordplays on his initials, JB. According to the man himself, the channel will feature video games as well as food and life-related stuff, both of which should be well within his expertise, wink wink.

At the time of writing, Jablinski Games has 156 thousand subscribers, so it's still some way off of Ninja's nearly 25 million. PewDiePie is likely to be an even tougher nut to crack, not for the lack of trying of the rest of the world, as the Swedish YouTuber's channel currently has upwards of 78 million subscribers.

That being said, we're well aware Black isn't likely to challenge Ninja or PewDiePie anytime soon but he sure does like making an entrance. And what better way than to mock-challenge the best of the best, eh?

Black's talents have taken him from acting to music and back again, with the two freely overlapping in his work, but his work in gaming is nothing to smirk about. Although most players' first recollection of his voice acting tends to be Brutal Legend, his first foray into gaming waters actually came in Ubisoft's game from 2005, Peter Jackson's King Kong, for which he received the Spike Video Game Award for best male performance.

His relationship with Tim Schafer eventually led to Black's appearance on this year's E3, where he voiced several characters from the Grim Fandango cast during the live reading. We just wish he could've belted a few verses of Rusty Anchor himself, don't you? (40:05, you'll thank me later).