Georgia-born YouTuber, Kyle Myers is widely known for creating a YouTube and Twitch.tv channel called FPSRussia. He launched the channel on September 1, 2010, and has uploaded numerous videos on it which majorly displays firearms and explosives as well as explanations of their characteristics. Following the invention of FPSRussia in 2010, it gained one million subscribers in the following year and by May 2019, the channel has amassed over 6.4 million subscribers, although new videos have not been uploaded on it since 2016. As a result of the channel being inactive, many eyebrows have been raised as many people are curious to know what really went wrong. Here is everything you need to know about what happened to FPSRussia and what Kyle Myers is up to now.
What Happened To FPSRussia?
The Twitch.tv and YouTube channel, FPSRussia was created by Kyle Myers with the aim of shedding more light on how guns and other weapons really work in real life compared to how they are being portrayed on games, television shows, and movies.
The FPSRussia videos feature him as Dmitri Potapoff, an accented Russian who demonstrates the abilities of those weapons on several targets including fruits, Zombie targets, drink bottles, and others. Sometimes Myers also explains the purposes of the firearms as well as their historical background. Some of the weapons he has used in his videos include a .50 BMG rifle, Avtomat Kalashnikova known as AK- 47, Bofors 40mm gun, and an armored personnel carrier.
Aside from creating the YouTube and Twitch.tv channel, Myers also created another channel called MoreFPSRussia and equally formed a collaboration with the Canadian YouTube cooking show, Epic Meal Time in 2002 which has garnered more than 8 million views as of 2017. His FPSRussia character, Dmitri has also been featured on the Call of Duty: Black Ops II which is the ninth game in the Call of Duty franchise of video games.
Similarly, the character has also appeared in a web series titled, The Controller: The medal of Honour Warfighter created by the U.S based multiplatform online entertainment network called Machinina Inc. Along with other internet personalities, Kyle Myers has served as a host on the weekly gaming podcast titled, Painkiller Already, commonly referred to as PKA.
Although he initially succeeded in revealing some hidden facts people rarely know about firearms, his activities on the channel were suddenly halted by some unforeseen circumstances.
First, one of FPSRussia’s production team member, Keith Ratliff who supplied Kyle Myers with the firearms he used in the videos was found dead in his gun store as he was shot by an unknown person. Since the death of Keith in January 2013, Myers had encountered difficulties in the production of new videos until April 2016, when he finally refrained from the production of new videos. Even though the channel has been inactive, subscribers can still view the already uploaded videos.
Secondly, following the death of Keith, Myers’ residential home in Georgia was raided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Officers and also 40 members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The search, however, was carried out based on the ground that Myers was earning an income through YouTube by making use of explosives. Meanwhile, before the channel became inactive, FPSRussia partnered with the developer, Zaah to launch FPSRussia: The Game on the app store only for iPhone Os devices.
What Is He Up to Now?
Kyle Myers was apprehended at his home in Royston Road in Carnesville in 2017 as his residence was searched again by Georgia Bureau of Investigation Officers. Upon his arrest, the Franklin County authorities and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms executed a search warrant at his residence. During the search, they discovered and confiscated several weapons, drug paraphernalia and a quantity of butane oil; a marijuana concentrate which is highly concentrated Tetra-hydro-cannabinol that has a similar appearance to honey or butter.
As a result, Myers was charged with a serious crime of possession of a prohibited substance with an intent to distribute. Following the charges, he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and in July 2019, he was handed a two years probation of which he is required to spend two months at halfway house – a transitional living facility for those in recovery from drugs or alcohol. There, they are allowed to learn the necessary skills to reintegrate into society and better support and care for themselves.