Charlie Bit My Finger Is Becoming An NFT, Getting Removed From YouTube
The auction to buy the Charlie Bit My Finger video as an NFT begins May 22.
One of first big YouTube viral videos, Charlie Bit My Finger, is set to be removed from YouTube as its owners prepare to sell it as an NFT. That really hurt. [Update: the video has now been sold for $760,000]
After 880 million views, the clip's owners are looking to let one person--and one person alone--have the glory of owning the video. Not only that, but the person who wins the auction will get the chance to make a parody video with Harry and Charlie from the clip.
"The beloved clip has become a household name and holds a special place in the hearts of many," reads a line from the CharlieBitMe NFT website. "Now, the iconic video will be removed from YouTube and one person will have the opportunity to own it in its new form as a 1/1 NFT, memorializing them in internet history forever. The NFT winner will also get the opportunity to create their own parody of the video featuring the original stars, Harry and Charlie."
The auction begins tomorrow, May 22, and we can only imagine how high the bids will go.
Harry and Charlie from the video are now 17 and 15, respectively, and are "soon entering adulthood and embarking on the next chapter of their lives," reads a line from the CharlieBitMe NFT website.
"Charlie Bit My Finger has been a huge part of the Davies-Carr family's lives for the past 14 years, and they are excited to welcome others to become a part of their story. This is not the end of the beloved video, but rather a new beginning," the site said.
NFTs are quickly becoming very popular and lucrative, so much so that Square Enix recently said it's investigating the crypto craze for future growth. For more on NFTs, check out GameSpot's primer that explains what NFTs are all about.
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