YouTube, And The Trouble With View Counts

View counts are key to measuring success on digital video services such as YouTube. But they can be gamed. In this Creative Conversation, "Video Game High School" creators Freddie Wong and Matt Arnold discuss how they keep the numbers in check.

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  • Charlie Cox

    The idea of view count is not a poisonous one. It doesn't matter how long your episode is you still need individual people to watch it. Clearly - they are not going to double their view count by halving the length of their videos... No wonder they aren't particularly successful.

  • Todd

    They wouldn't double the view count for the individual videos, but they would double their channel's TOTAL view count as the same number of people would watch two of their videos instead of just one.  And they ARE particularly successful; currently ranked #15.  They are one of the most successful youtube channels.