Jelle's Marble Runs

Jelle's Marble Runs is a YouTube channel run by Jelle Bakker and Dion Bakker based around the game of marbles, marble runs, and marble races. Content on the channel includes videos such as: spoofing the Olympic Games, Formula One, and other sporting events; these videos treat the cast of marbles as though they were athletes.[1][2] The Marble League (formerly MarbleLympics), portrayed as the "Games", has a choreographed Opening and Closing Ceremony. Many of the sports are designed to resemble Olympic sports.[3] Each year, the channel uploads a new series of the Marble League, with different events and teams each year, which are introduced in the Qualifying round. As of March 25, 2020, the current channel has over 700,000 subscribers with more than 56.1 million views.[4][5]

Jelle's Marble Runs
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Personal information
BornJelle Bakker
Wervershoof, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
OccupationYouTuber
Websitehttp://knikkerbaan.nl
YouTube information
Years active2013–present
GenreSports
Subscribers728,000
(25 March 2020)
Total views56,122,005 views
(25 March 2020)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers 2019

OverviewEdit

Jelle's Marble Runs has built a following personifying marbles throughout a variety of competitions. Each video is produced in the form of a sporting event with commentary provided by Greg Woods. The channel features annual series such as the Marble League, the Marble Rally, Marbula One, and the Hubelino Tournament with the same set teams competing across events. Additionally, Jelle produces seasonal Halloween and Christmas content, as well as one-off events such as the A-Maze-ing Maze Race. Interspersed between the competition videos, Jelle releases a wide variety of marble runs without commentary exhibiting his marble course constructions (some of which are on display in museums).

HistoryEdit

Jelle Bakker was born in 1983 in Wervershoof, Netherlands. He stated on his old YouTube channel that he has a form of autism, and said that because he has no occupation, making marble machines was one of his biggest hobbies.[6] He currently lives in Nijmegen. Shortly after Bakker created his YouTube channel, Greg Woods commented on one of his videos and eventually became the English commentator for the entire series.[7] Originally, Bakker planned to end the MarbleLympics series after the 2017 MarbleLympics. “The MarbleLympics will end in early August with an ending ceremony,” he said in an interview by The Irish News,” but I will still continue in making great marbles-related videos." However, he continued the series due to popularity.

He received the Guinness World Record for the world's longest marble run on May 21, 2009. The record was broken by someone else in 2011.[8]

In 2006, he created the Jelle's Marble Runs YouTube channel, on which he started the MarbleLympics in 2016 as a mock version of the Olympic games. The channel soon started gaining attention and a fanbase in 2015.[9]

In late 2018, Bakker accidentally deleted his original channel while trying to delete his Google+ account and was forced to relaunch.[10]

Popular SeriesEdit

Marble LeagueEdit

The Marble League (formerly the MarbleLympics) is an annual series featuring marbles competing in Olympic-inspired events. At its inception in 2016, 16 teams were invited to compete in 12 events which included the 10 meter sprint, hurdles, and the long jump among others. Each team consisted of four marbles of matching colors and patterns. The champion of the Marble League is crowned based on the aggregate points in all events. Starting in 2017, qualifiers were held in advance of each Marble League season with the top four teams from the previous year automatically qualifying for the subsequent season. Beginning in 2018, the Marble League featured a host team that took one of the four automatic qualification spots alongside the top three teams from the last year. The 2018 Marble League was the first and only winter edition featuring events such as speed skating, ice hockey, and the snowboard cross. Other changes included the addition of a fifth team member. In 2019, the MarbleLympics changed its name to Marble League due to trademark issues, increased the number of events to 16, and added a coach marble for each team. It was also the first year of the Marble League Showdown for teams who did not qualify for the Marble League.

Year Host Champion Runner-Up Third place
2016 n/a Savage Speeders Mellow Yellow Thunderbolts
2017 n/a O'rangers Savage Speeders Mellow Yellow
2018 Snowballs Midnight Wisps Savage Speeders Oceanics
2019 Oceanics Raspberry Racers Green Ducks Hazers
2020 Team Galactic

Marble RallyEdit

The Marble Rally (formerly the Sand Marble Rally) features individual marbles racing down an outdoor sand course.

Year Champion Runner-Up Third place
2016 Ghost Plasma Big Pearl Dragon's Egg
2017 Dragon's Egg Red Number 3 Slimer
2018 Red Number 3 Phoenix Superball
2019 Red Number 3 Ghost Plasma Superball
2020

Marble League ShowdownEdit

Year Champion Runner-Up Third place
2019 Snowballs Hornets Rojo Rollers

Marbula OneEdit

Marbula One is the newest addition to Jelle's Marble Runs annual series. Marbles race multiple laps around a track with a conveyer belt returning them back to the top inspired by Formula One racing. Teams from the Marble League were invited to compete.

Year Champion Runner-Up Third place
2020

Hubelino TournamentEdit

The Hubelino Tournament is a series contested on a course constructed with Hubelino marble tracks.

Year Champion Runner-Up Third place
2016 Green Gang Ruby Rollers Golden Wisps
2018 Bumblebees Minty Maniacs Black Jacks


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BondeNews Editors. "Youtube channel promotes marbles 'olympiad', BondeNews, Netherlands, 24 July 2017. Retrieved on 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Bishop, Rollin. "This MarbleLympics Event Pits Marbles Against Fidget Spinners", Vice, Canada, 9 July 2017. Retrieved on 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ Spiegel.de Editors. "Web phenomenon Marbles Olympiad", Spiegel.de, Germany, 17 December 2017. Retrieved on 9 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Jelle's Marble Runs". YouTube. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  5. ^ Independent.ie Editors. "This marble version of the Winter Olympics is the best alternative to the real thing", Independent.ie, Ireland, 4 February 2019. Retrieved on 4 February 2019.
  6. ^ Themadmuseum.co.uk Editors. "Jelle Bakker", The Mad Museum, United Kingdom. Retrieved on 5 February 2019.
  7. ^ Capelle, Romain. "The balls also have their Olympic games", Télérama, France. 9 September 2016. Retrieved on 4 April 2019.
  8. ^ Bakker, Jelle. "JELLE’S PASSION" Archived April 23, 2019, at the Wayback Machine, Knikkerbaan.nl, Netherlands. Retrieved on 27 March 2019.
  9. ^ Matsakis, Louise. "Inside the Hypnotic World of YouTube Marble Racers", Vice, Canada, 5 May 2016. Retrieved on 27 March 2019.
  10. ^ Li, Grace. "Miss the Olympics? Try Marble Racing.", The Harvard Crimson, United States, 27 March 2018. Retrieved on 27 March 2019.

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