Kyle Lamar Myers (born May 9, 1986) is an American podcaster and former YouTuber known under the stage name FPSRussia and FPSKyle. His YouTube channel features Myers portraying the fictional role of Dimitri Potapoff, a heavily accented "professional Russian" from Moscow. His videos center around the usage of large amounts of firearms and explosives.[2]

Kyle Myers
Born
Kyle Lamar Myers

(1986-05-09) May 9, 1986 (age 36)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationPodcaster, YouTuber
Years active2010–present
Criminal charge(s)Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Butane Honey Oil (21 U.S.C. § 841) (18 U.S.C. § 2)
Criminal penalty2 months in federal prison, 2 years of supervised parole, & fined 7,500 USD
Criminal statusReleased
YouTube information
Channel
LocationFranklin County, Georgia, U.S.
Years active2010–2016
GenreFirearms/weaponry
Subscribers6.95 million[1]
(July 2022)
Total views957 million[1]
(July 2022)

Last updated: July 5, 2022

The FPSRussia channel launched in April 2010 and found success early, reaching one million subscribers in June 2011.[2] Myers ceased producing new videos in 2016 following the unsolved death of one of his associates and an Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) felony charge.

As of August 2022, his channel has still garnered over 6.9 million subscribers and 950 million views. Since the FPSRussia channel has gone inactive, Myers continues to maintain an online presence as the co-host of Painkiller Already (PKA), a podcast he co-founded in 2010.

Channel historyEdit

Background and early successEdit

Before Myers started FPSRussia, he ran a YouTube channel called "klm5986". Centered around Call of Duty gameplay commentary, this channel often featured videos with other YouTube personalities, such as xSocrates. He later wanted to show how guns worked in real life and to compare them to how they are portrayed in video games, films, and television shows.[3]

He got the idea for a Russian accent while working at a car dealership. One of his co-workers was Russian and he took an interest in impersonating his accent. His uncle was also a prankster and used to use the accent while talking to Kyle when he was five years old. He used the accent to create the character Dimitri and what followed was him filming himself shooting guns on his family farm in Georgia.[4]

Each video on the channel generally has Myers (as Dimitri) explaining the characteristics of the weapons he will use in that video (occasionally telling the history behind it and sometimes explanations of its purpose), before he demonstrates their abilities on random targets such as fruit, drink bottles, zombie mannequins, and even photos of Justin Bieber in his earlier videos.[5][6] Myers has used largely varying pieces of equipment along with weapons that have been featured in his videos, such as a gold plated AK-47, an armored troop carrier,[7][8] a .50 BMG rifle, Bofors 40 mm automatic anti-aircraft cannon and most famously an AA-12.

The channel reached the one-million-subscriber mark in June 2011.[2] Following the channel's early success, Myers launched a second channel, MoreFPSRussia, in September 2011.[9]

Collaborations and appearances in other mediaEdit

The success of FPSRussia propelled Myers to appear on other channels and media; Myers collaborated with Epic Meal Time in July 2011,[10] and the collaboration has earned over 8.8 million video views on YouTube as of October 14, 2020.

Myers' character hosted the live fire section of Machinima.com Prime's web series, The Controller: Medal of Honor Warfighter.[11][12]

On October 29, 2012, Myers had a cameo appearance as his character, Dimitri, in the Call of Duty: Black Ops II live-action trailer directed by Guy Ritchie.[13]

Death of Keith RatliffEdit

On January 3, 2013, a Kentucky man named Keith Ratliff, the co-owner of FPS Industries (a custom firearms fabrication and testing company) and a member of the FPSRussia production team, was found shot dead in his home in Carnesville, Georgia.[14][15][16] Ratliff held a Federal Firearms License (FFL) and was responsible for obtaining the firearms used in the videos.[17]

Following Ratliff's death, the production of FPSRussia's videos went on hiatus until February 19, 2013.[18] In March 2013, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said it was still investigating.[19] However, as there have been no official updates since the initial reports following Ratliff's death,[20] the case has become the subject of numerous conspiracy theories.[21]

Final yearsEdit

After a nine-month hiatus, on January 10, 2014, FPSRussia returned to YouTube.[22] In 2014, FPSRussia was listed on NewMediaRockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #78.[23] The channel has been inactive since April 2016.

Related venturesEdit

After an announcement video in December 2012 and a successful Kickstarter campaign, FPSRussia released "FPS Russia: The Game" on the App Store for iOS devices in March 2013 with developer Zaah.[24]

In 2013, Myers founded another gaming channel named "FPS" that has been inactive since 2014.[25]

Legal issuesEdit

On March 29, 2013, Myers' Franklin County residence was searched by upwards of 40 members of the ATF alongside officers from the GBI. The investigators also searched Myers's father's nearby farm, a frequent filming location for FPSRussia. ATF spokesman Richard Coes said the justification for the search was "that [Myers] was using explosives and getting paid for it via YouTube."[26]

In August 2017, Myers' residence was again raided[27] by ATF and GBI agents[28] after Myers was alleged to have received 25 grams of butane hash oil through the mail. The Department of Justice prosecuted on the grounds that illegal drug possession while owning a firearm is a federal offense. Myers was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and 50 of his weapons were confiscated under Section 922(g)(3) of the Gun Control Act of 1968, which prohibits illegal drug users from possessing firearms. He later pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Butane Hash Oil, with all other charges dismissed.[29]

On June 19, 2019, Myers was sentenced to two years' probation and 56 days in prison, which he served at Federal Correctional Institution, Talladega in 2019, as well as a fine in the amount of $7,500. Since his release from prison, Myers has spoken about the case on his YouTube podcast Painkiller Already.[30][31]

Other venturesEdit

In 2010, Myers co-founded the podcast Painkiller Already with YouTubers WoodysGamertag and WingsOfRedemption; the show is now hosted by Myers, WoodysGamertag and MurkaDurkah.[32]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "About FPSRussia". YouTube.
  2. ^ a b c Cohen, Joshua (June 22, 2011). "FPSRussia Breaks 1 Million YouTube Subscribers, Blows Things Up". Tubefilter. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  3. ^ Justin Massoud (November 8, 2010). "Gamer and Gun Enthusiast Imitates Crazy 'Call of Duty' Stunts". Asylum. Archived from the original on May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Robert Snow (October 17, 2011). "EpicMealTime, FPSRussia and the Secret to Mass Appeal on YouTube". Professionally Incoherent. Wordpress. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  5. ^ Gabriel Beltrone (September 13, 2011). "Marketing With a Fake Accent and Real Guns". Adweek. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  6. ^ Curtis Cartier (March 30, 2011). "FPS Russia, Crazy Russian Gun Freak, Shoots and Blows Up His Xbox 360 (VIDEO)". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on June 21, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  7. ^ Jeremy Korzeniewski (August 29, 2011). "FPS Russia takes an armored troop carrier through a drive thru". Autoblog. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  8. ^ Kevin Fernandez (September 23, 2011). "Viral: THE MINIGUN - FPS Russia Background". The One Nut Review. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  9. ^ "MoreFPSRussia - about". YouTube. Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  10. ^ Marc Hustvedt (July 19, 2011). "Quick Clicks: Rebecca Black Un-Auto-Tuned, 'Yam Roll', YouTube View Counts, 'Epic Meal Time' w/ FPSRussia". Tubefilter. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  11. ^ Sam Gutelle (September 20, 2012). "Machinima Prime's 'The Controller' Is A New Spin On Jock/Nerd Pairing". Tubefilter. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  12. ^ Matthew Manarino (September 21, 2012). "NMR'S Exclusive Look At Ep. 3 of Machinima's 'The Controller: Medal of Honor Warfighter'". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  13. ^ Tim Nudd (October 29, 2012). "FPSRussia Leads All-Star Cast in Guy Ritchie's Killer 'Black Ops 2' Spot". Adweek. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  14. ^ Matthew Manarino (January 7, 2013). "Pro-gun blog claims that murdered man is the manager of FPSRussia". New Media Rockstars.
  15. ^ MJ Kneiser (January 6, 2013). "GBI to help investigate Kentucky man's shooting". Independent Mail. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.Dillon, Denise (January 8, 2013). "Man behind popular FPSRussia YouTube channel found dead". Fox 5. My Fox Atlanta. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  16. ^ Muir, Juliet. "No arrests six years after Keith Ratliff found shot to death in his Georgia home". NBC News. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  17. ^ Robbie Brown (January 11, 2013). "Gun Enthusiast With Popular Online Videos Is Shot to Death in Georgia". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  18. ^ Chris Callahan (February 20, 2013). "FPSRussia Returns from Hiatus (VIDEO)". Guns.com. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  19. ^ MJ Kneiser (March 7, 2013). "Ratliff murder investigation is active, GBI says". Independent Mail. Archived from the original on March 11, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  20. ^ "What Happened to FPSRussia – What's He Doing Now Update". www.gazettereview.com. April 23, 2016.
  21. ^ Luke Plunkett (January 18, 2013). "Wild Conspiracy Theories Abound In Death Of FPS Russia Producer". Kotaku. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  22. ^ Slowik, Max (January 10, 2014). "FPS Russia is back with a Bullpups Unlimited 12-gauge (VIDEO)". Guns. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  23. ^ "The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 100-76!". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  24. ^ James Plafke (December 12, 2012). "Gun-obsessed YouTube star FPS Russia is making a video game". Geek. Archived from the original on December 15, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  25. ^ "Let's Get Started!". YouTube. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  26. ^ Hunter Stuart (March 29, 2013). "FPSRussia Raid: Kyle Myers's Property Searched By Federal Agents". Huffington Post.
  27. ^ Ford, Wayne (August 23, 2017). "Gun-shooting video maker in Carnesville arrested; feds search property for guns, explosives". Athens Banner-Herald. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  28. ^ "Law Enforcement Seizes "Butane Honey Oil" in Franklin County". Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  29. ^ "United States v. MYERS (3:18-cr-00049)". Court Listener. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  30. ^ "PKA 459 THE RETURN OF KYLE". YouTube. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  31. ^ "Docket for United States v. MYERS, 3:18-cr-00049 - CourtListener.com". CourtListener. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  32. ^ "What Happened to FPSRussia – What's He Doing Now Update". www.gazettereview.com. December 5, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2018.

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