Back when YouTube first launched in 2005, there weren’t many content creators on the medium. Since Google acquired the company in 2006, things have been better and YouTube has become more of an everyday thing. Boogie2988 or ‘Boogie’, as he is commonly known, has been a YouTube content creator since 2006. During the period, there were very few quality content creators, let alone content creators who focus on gaming. Boogie is best known for his video rants about video games and nerd culture, which he does as a character named Francis. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Boogie2988.
Steven Jay Williams was born on the 24th of July, 1974. Born and raised in St. Paul, Virginia, Williams comes from an average household. His father worked as a coal miner, and his mother was a teacher. Williams didn’t have the best of childhood as his mother used to verbally and physically abuse him. Following his graduation from St. Paul High School, Williams moved out of the house and attended the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. But Williams never graduated college and dropped out of college due to a bad breakup. Following the split from his girlfriend, Williams decided to move to Fayetteville, Arkansas, with his older brother Bryan.
At Arkansas, Williams learned how to code and started working as a web designer. He was then diagnosed with lymphedema, but Boogie refused to amputate his legs. Overweight and depressed, Boogie went through a rough patch after his father died of cancer and his mother broke her leg in a way it would never heal. With the expansion of the internet, the work of Web Designers was cut short and Boogie rarely made any money. He was mostly supported by his friends until he found out about YouTube in 2006. He started his channel under the name of Boogie2988 on April 5, 2006, a 49-second clip titled Playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Fame & Net Worth
After finding out that not everyone on the internet is mean and that people loved his videos, Boogie began working on videos with Francis at the center. During his early years, Boogie was given a shout-out by content creators like Ray William Johnson, who is counted among one of the earliest creators on YouTube. As of 2023, Boogie has over 4.32 million followers and over 875 million views. His net worth is estimated to be around $3M.
In 2009, Boogie was informed of his mother’s illness and he made the journey back to Virginia. His mother died soon after and Boogie moved in with his then-girlfriend, Desiree Dez. The pair tied the knot in 2013 and remained together until 2017. The divorce was finalized on February 13, 2018. As Boogie announced on Reddit,
“I think the reason we separated was more simple. She wasn’t happy and wanted to leave to see if she could be happy. She waited until she knew I was gonna be ok, post surgery, before she left.”
During their time together the pair did not have any children.
Hacked & Recovery
As it comes within the territory of being a prominent YouTuber, Boogie’s account was hacked. The incident took place on June 25, 2016, when the hacker obtained Boogie’s details at VidCon. But luckily for Boogie, he was able to recover his account within a week.
As often shown in his YouTube videos, Boogie has been plagued by several health problems due to his weight. So on August 1, 2017, Boogie received gastric bypass surgery to help with his morbid obesity.