Who is FaZe Rug?
Brian Awadis, also known as FaZe Rug, is a social media personality, professional gamer, and vlogger aged 24, who earns six figures a month from his YouTube channel. He is also a director and part-owner of FaZe Clan, an e-sports and gaming company founded in 2010 which boasts over 200 million followers around the world. Brian is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall and weighs approximately 134lbs (61kgs). Keep reading to learn about his childhood, private life, net worth, and more.
FaZe Rug’s Early Years
Born on 19th November 1996, in San Diego, California USA, Brian always dreamed of being a professional gamer.
He launched his first YouTube channel in 2008, and uploaded a few videos with his older brother before becoming inactive. In 2012 he returned to the popular platform to upload gaming videos, and joined FaZe Clan months later in January 2013.
His Iraqi immigrant parents, who owned two liquor stores, had other ideas for their son, and wanted him to stay in college. However, Brian decided to keep working towards his goals, and is quoted as having said ‘…I started grinding even harder. I wanted to prove to them that this could be a career‘.
Just months later, Brian started earning thousands of dollars from his YouTube videos, so his parents let him take a semester off college when they saw how serious Brian was about this work.
FaZe Rug’s Vlogs
Brian started to make vlogs about his daily life, when he saw how many subscribers his YouTube channel attracted. His most viewed video is “Cocaine Prank” (January 2015) which currently has over 20 million views. He now has almost eighteen million subscribers, and over one billion video views in total.
Brian decided to vlog because he felt his family life was interesting and entertaining. He now uploads gaming videos on a separate channel entitled FaZe Rug Gaming, and keeps his main channel for pranks, reactions, and comedy videos. Brian’s other highly-rated videos are “I Filled my Swimming Pool with GIANT SNAKES!!” (August 2018), which has been liked over half a million times, and “Last to Drop iPhone Wins $10,000” (August 2019), with 367,000 likes.
Brian also has an altruistic side, and has made several videos in which he pays for strangers’ rent, gives chefs and fast-food workers large tips, and even gifts his father a luxury Lamborghini. Brian’s fans, friends and family love his generous personality.
Now all of Brian’s family have become YouTube content creators. His parents’ channel, Mama Rug and Pappa Rug, has 1.5 million subscribers, while his brother Brawadis counts with over five million.
FaZe Rug’s Private Life
Faze Rug has had two public girlfriends so far, Molly Eskam and Kaelyn.
Molly, aged 22, is a social media personality and model born in Nebraska, USA. She is mainly known for dating Brian, and from appearing on the cover of the July 2020 issue of Playboy Australia. She has over a million followers on Instagram, and also vlogs about her life on YouTube. Molly and Brian started dating in 2017, broke-up at the start of 2018, but apparently remain friends. She appears in many of Brian’s videos.
Brian and Kaelyn have also had a rocky and well-documented relationship throughout the years. In the past, the YouTuber has uploaded controversial videos of his ex-girlfriends meeting for the first time.
He also uploaded a video in which Molly and Kaelyn were handcuffed together for 24 hours. Kaelyn, known as @baeeeeelyn on social media, is a social media influencer and Fashion Nova model with over 400,000 followers.
Brian is open about his private life, and has made videos detailing the highs and lows of his relationships, even going so far as to record the first kiss he shared with Molly.
FaZe Rug and Acting
Brian’s acting debut was playing the main role as himself in the horror movie “Crimson”, directed by Gregory Plotkin, which premiered in October 2020, and is available exclusively on the new streaming platform Inviz.
The first trailer was released on 16th October 2020, and Brian is quoted as saying in an interview, ‘…I get scared super easy, but I think that’s what makes it more fun to watch’.
“Crimson” is the first of many movies that FaZe Clan is looking to release, having previously launched a film and tv studio, and also partnered with Quibi for a reality show entitled “Faze Up”. The plot revolves around a social media influencer, who moves into a new multimillion-dollar home, and discovers that his neighbors are clowns.
Despite the hype, “Crimson” has not been a successful or well-received movie, with user reviews on IMDb deeming it a waste of money, and blasting Brian for his acting. It’s currently unknown what the budget for the movie was, or how much it has made.
FaZe Rug’s Net Worth
So what is Brian’s real net worth? Sources estimate that as of late 2020 it’s over $7 million, a figure which will increase as he is reputedly set to earn over $3 million this year alone. His monetized YouTube videos, the main source of his income, are viewed at least three million times a day.
Brian likes to try new things, and released his first hip-hop single, “Goin’ Live”, in January 2020. The music video has accumulated 13 million views, and many streamers and fellow YouTubers made reaction videos giving their opinion. Many wondered if Brian was going to try a music career, but he’s said that the song was made as a joke, which rules out any future music.
It will be interesting to watch how his career develops.
However, don’t forget Brian is also a part-owner of FaZe Clan, an esports company endorsed by celebrities such as Migos rapper Offset and Jimmy Iovine, the billionaire co-founder of Interscope. His varied business ventures include Chug Rug, which is Brian’s energy drink flavor, acting, and merchandise. Thanks to his multiple streams of income he is expected to be worth eight figures in the next few years, an impressive feat for someone so young and a reminder of what you’re capable of when you pursue your passions in life.