I was watching the Sixers game at Harrah’s and my long time friend, David Yamean Carter (Yamean’s Clothing), sat with me through the second half as we both screamed at the big screen trying to get the Sixers players to shoot; get Jimmy Butler to channel Michael Jordan, and stop Embiid from shooting 3s. I knew after Kawhi couldn’t make a shot in the 3rd quarter, he was gonna kill us in the 4th.

Somewhere during that drama, Yamean and I talked business, first about my new hoodie design, he about his land deal, before he pulled out the article featuring his son on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s business section. I would have normally read the paper but got caught in other stuff earlier in the day that took up more time than I expected.

Also named David Carter, Yamean’s son is a video gamer who is making a 6-figure income off of it. Implied in that statement is young David Carter isn’t just sitting up in his room playing games; he’s profiting off of the multi-billion industry known as video gaming.

I find video games fascinating and I know if I grew up in the video game era, I’d still be hooked. I’ve owned an Xbox and still own a Playstation, but my thumbs won’t permit me to operate a game controller for more than a few hours before the pain of tendonitis sets in. That’s probably a good thing because me and ‘Red Dead Redemption’ were getting way too chummy.

Here’s some of the passages from the Inquirer article to let you know why David Carter deserves to be on the front page of the business section…

  • He has almost one million followers on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, after beginning with a few hundred subscribers on YouTube in 2010.
  • Carter calls himself “one of the most public gaming figures out there in my genre,” mostly sport video games
  • Driving their popularity are such companies as Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, and Take-Two Interactive, whose collective stock is worth $75 billion.
  • Professional gamers earn prize money or salaries for competing in leagues. Tens of millions of esports fans play games and watch competitions on streaming services such as Twitch.
  • Carter, who mostly plays the video game NBA 2K, streams images of himself playing with his face superimposed on the screen, commenting and entertaining his audience. He can be watched on YouTube and Facebook.
  • Carter’s audience is among the largest nationally,
  • “Kids are looking for information and they are not looking at magazines or editorial or even social media for it. They are looking on YouTube…”
  • He makes his money mostly through advertising inserted into his YouTube videos. He also recently signed with Facebook, which is launching a gaming platform.
  • “If I’m coming out with news videos, every single one of those videos are hitting 100K plus, everybody wants to see the news,” Carter said. “They want to hear about the info, they want to instantly click it, click, click, click.”

Parents are so proud of our children when they do well. Some of us live vicariously through our children’s success. Yet, when our children break barriers by using their God given gifts and intellect to sniff out opportunities we have no vision of, it makes us even prouder.

May David Carter serve as another example to encourage all of us to follow our dream, vision, passion, and intuition. You never know who’s watching. In his case, it’s millions.

David ‘Ipodking’ Carter

photos stolen from David’s Facebook page