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Daniel Hardcastle
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Harcastle at a book signing in 2019
Daniel John Hardcastle

(1989-03-23) 23 March 1989 (age 30)
Years active2009–present
Rebecca Maughan (m. 2016)
RelativesSteve "Dad³" Harcastle (father)
YouTube information
Subscribers2.5 million
Total views1.2 billion
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013
Updated 26 September 2019

Daniel John Hardcastle (born 23 March 1989), known online as Nerd³, is a British author and YouTuber. He is the author of Sunday Times bestseller Fuck Yeah, Video Games: The Life and Extra Lives of a Professional Nerd.[1]



Hardcastle first came to prominence through a scripted, story-based webcomic made within the game Minecraft. After creating his YouTube channel on 20 March 2011, Hardcastle initially began uploading a series of comedic vlogs before uploading his first let's play. His first series. called "Nerd³'s Minecraft Buildy Thing", ran from 27 August 2011 until 22 August 2012. After creating videos on a few indie games, Hardcastle uploaded his first "Nerd³ Plays" video, on Battlefield 3, on 7 January 2012. In 2012 Machinma sponsored him to create the series 13 Ways To Die. In 2015 he was nominated for a Golden Joystick Award for "online personality of the year"[2]. He has since amassed over 2.5 million subscribers, and 1,250,000,000 views. He has collaborated with Emma Blackery, Tomska, Hannah Hart, Stuart Ashen and InTheLittleWood[1].

In September 2019, Hardcastle's YouTube account was unverified for being not widely recognised outside the platform.[3]


Hardcastle began writing his first book, Fuck Yeah, Video Games: The Life & Extra Lives of a Professional Nerd, in 2017. Crowd-funded through the website Unbound, the book reached 100% of its target on the first day (4 June 2018)[4], and 1000% by 11 June. Reaching a total of 1897% of its initial goal, Fuck Yeah, Video Games is the most successful crowd-funded book of all-time. The foreword of the book was written by Tim Schafer, and a chapter written by Stuart Ashen[5]. It was released on 19 September 2019 and was a Sunday Times best seller.[6]

On 26 September 2019 crowdfunding began for Hardcastle's second book, The Paradox Paradox, which he described as "A bit Star Trek, a bit Doctor Who, and a bit fucked up."[7][8] It was funded within 20 minutes. [9]

Personal life[edit]

Hardcastle is married to Rebecca Maughan[10], an artist who illustrated Fuck Yeah, Video Games.

Hardcastle's father, Steve "Dad³" Harcastle, with whom he has regularly collaborated, started a YouTube channel in 2013; it has over 300,000 subscribers and amassed 23 million views[11].

Hardcastle studied astrophysics at the University of Leicester but dropped out after the first year[12]


  1. ^ a b "About OfficialNerdCubed". YouTube. Archived from the original on 29 April 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Matthew (1 September 2015). "Golden Joystick Awards voting now open". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  3. ^ O'Dell, Liam (19 September 2019). "YouTube Reveals New Plans for Channel Verification". Teneighty magazine. TENEIGHTY DIGITAL LTD.
  4. ^ "Unbound crowdfunding record smashed by gamer Dan NerdCubed". thebookseller.com. June 6, 2018. Archived from the original on August 25, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Nerd³'s Book Update - With BIG News!" on YouTube
  6. ^ "The Sunday Times Bestsellers List — the UK's definitive book sales chart". The Sunday Times. Times Newspapers Limited. 29 September 2019. Archived from the original on 22 September 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  7. ^ "The Paradox Paradox". Unbound. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  8. ^ "The Paradox Paradox announcement". InfluencerUpdate. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  9. ^ @unbounders (26 September 2019). "AND THERE IT GOES. 100% in 20 minutes!!!! @dannerdcubed's #TheParadoxParadox is happening!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Maughan, Rebecca. "Hello, @DanNerdCubed and I did a thing". Archived from the original on 2019-05-07. Retrieved 2019-09-26.
  11. ^ "About OfficialDadCubed". YouTube. Archived from the original on 30 October 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Nerd³ Plays... Universe Sandbox". Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.

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