Linus Sebastian
Linus Sebastian Screenshot From Youtube August 5 2013.png
Sebastian in 2013
Personal information
Linus Gabriel Sebastian

(1986-08-20) August 20, 1986 (age 36)
  • Video presenter
  • technology demonstrator
  • advertiser
Yvonne Ho
(m. 2011)
YouTube information
ChannelsLinus Tech Tips
and others
Years active2007–present
Subscribers15.4 million (main channel)
26.34 million (combined)[a]
Total views6.8 billion (main channel)
9.16 billion (combined)[b]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers2011, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2020, 2021
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers2014, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2022
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg10,000,000 subscribers2020

Last updated: 28 March 2023

Linus Gabriel Sebastian (born August 20, 1986) is a Canadian YouTuber best known for creating and hosting YouTube channels that cover technology, especially Linus Tech Tips (LTT). His channels have a combined subscriber base of over 26 million.

From 2007 to 2013, he was a regular presenter of technology videos for the now defunct Canadian computer retailer NCIX. He is also the founder of Linus Media Group Inc. and has served as its CEO since 2013.[1]

As of March 2021, Linus Tech Tips is the most-watched technology channel on YouTube.[2] In 2014, Tubefilter named the channel as being within the "top 1% of Google's preferred advertising channels" on YouTube for the technology category.[3] In 2015, Inc. magazine ranked Sebastian fourth in a list of the "Top 30 Power Players in Tech".[4]


NCIX and Linus Tech Tips

The Linus Tech Tips logo as of 2018

Sebastian used to work for the now-defunct Canadian online computer store NCIX.[5] He was asked by the company to be the host for its technology channel, which was created to help demonstrate products.[1] Sebastian was assisted by an unidentified cameraperson and editor, and worked with limited resources, shooting videos with a camera borrowed from the son of the company's president.[6]

Due to high costs and low viewership during the early days of the channel, Sebastian was instructed to create the Linus Tech Tips channel as a cheaper offshoot of the NCIX channel, to allow for lower production values without affecting the NCIX brand. He described TigerDirect and Newegg as competitors.[6] Linus Tech Tips was created on November 24, 2008.[7] He eventually left NCIX following a dispute regarding company management, negotiating an agreement in which he could keep the channel as long as he signed a non-compete clause.[8]

Linus Media Group

Sebastian founded Linus Media Group (LMG) in January 2013 out of a garage.[9] The group developed the Linus Tech Tips channel as an independent venture. LMG is headquartered in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.[10] As of April 2022, it has over 80 full-time employees.[1] Since 2017, LMG has hosted an annual event known as the LTX Expo (LTX), a "convention featuring tech-focused content creators and personalities".[11] Creator Warehouse is a merchandise company founded by Sebastian that creates and sells LMG branded apparel.[12] Floatplane is an online streaming service founded by Sebastian that offers creators a platform to upload and monetize their content.[13] One of its main selling points is its support for higher bit rate compared to YouTube. All videos are behind a paywall.[14] In 2022, Linus announced the creation of LTT Labs, a company dedicated to testing the validity of manufacturer claims.[15]

March 2023 hack

On March 23, 2023, Linus Tech Tips, TechLinked, and Techquickie were hacked and subsequently terminated due to a security breach.[16] The hackers then changed the channel names, changing the main channel name to Tesla and started broadcasting two identical live streams which appeared to show deepfakes of Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey, and others having a conversation about Ethereum, GPT-4, and other topics.[17] These live streams went on for 20 and 35 minutes, respectively, and had a description promoting a "Crypto Giveaway".[18] The hackers also unlisted many videos and later re-published them as well as uploaded videos with titles that stated "DONOTUPLOAD" and subsequently changed the name to LinusTechTipsTemp to seem more legitimate.[19] Sometime before 11:51 AM UTC, all hacked channels were terminated,[20] although it is unclear if it was by the hackers or by YouTube. Around 3 PM UTC, Sebastian published a message on Floatplane, saying that he had everything "locked down" and that he is working with Google to get everything reinstated.[21] At approximately 3 AM UTC, all hacked channels were reinstated, with most unauthorized changes reverted some time later. A video was later published on the Linus Tech Tips channel about the incident explaining that an employee had downloaded a Trojan horse in the guise of a PDF file from a seemingly legitimate sponsor email.[22]

Notable videos

Sebastian in a 2013 promotional video

On January 2, 2016, Linus Tech Tips released a video demonstrating a computer capable of supporting seven individual users at once, with an estimated total cost of $30,000.[23] The video made technology news on a number of websites.[24][25][26] In August 2017, the Linus Tech Tips channel uploaded a two part video where they were able to game at 16K resolution (15360 by 8640 pixels) using 16 4K monitors in a 4 by 4 configuration.[27]

In April 2018, the Linus Tech Tips channel uploaded a video claiming that Apple refused to repair Sebastian's iMac Pro after Linus Tech Tips staff damaged it in a product teardown,[28] a refusal that VentureBeat speculated is illegal.[29] In December 2018, Linus Tech Tips released a four-part series detailing their experience buying a gaming PC from 6 systems integrators representing 3 different market tiers.[30] The series has gained over 12 million views and was covered in PC Gamer.[30]

In 2021, Linus Tech Tips released a three-part series showing the process of making an 18-carat gold Xbox Series X controller. The first video showed the prototyping, the second the making of the gold shells, and the third the reactions of employees at their headquarters.[31]

YouTube channels

Channel Created
Linus Tech Tips November 25, 2008
LinusCatTips June 17, 2010
Techquickie January 15, 2012
ShortCircuit January 24, 2020
TechLinked May 3, 2018
Channel Super Fun May 28, 2014
LMG Clips September 21, 2019
Mac Address January 26, 2021
They're Just Movies
(formerly Carpool Critics)
December 20, 2019; ended
December 30, 2022[32]

Personal life

Linus Gabriel Sebastian was born on August 20, 1986,[33] and grew up in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.[34] He was diagnosed with ADHD as a child.[35] He grew up on a farm with siblings[36] and has been married to Yvonne Ho since May 20, 2011.[37] In a 2014 interview with technology startup website, Sebastian said that his favourite YouTubers were TotalBiscuit, Marques Brownlee, and Austin Evans.[38] In January 2020, Sebastian claimed he was thinking about retiring.[39] However, he has subsequently said that helping in projects besides video production has helped him stay innovative.[40]

See also


  1. ^ Subscribers, broken down by channel:
    • 15.4 million (Linus Tech Tips)
    • 4.22 million (Techquickie)
    • 1.84 million (TechLinked)
    • 2.16 million (ShortCircuit)
    • 1.26 million (Channel Super Fun)
    • 537 thousand (LMG Clips)
    • 542 thousand (Mac Address)
    • 244 thousand (LinusCatTips)
    • 141 thousand (They're Just Movies)
  2. ^ Views, broken down by channel:
    • 6.88 billion (Linus Tech Tips)
    • 796.6 million (Techquickie)
    • 438.7 million (TechLinked)
    • 444.07 million (ShortCircuit)
    • 324.2 million (Channel Super Fun)
    • 190.6 million (LMG Clips)
    • 88.03 million (Mac Address)
    • 11.1 million (LinusCatTips)
    • 4.34 million (They're Just Movies)


  1. ^ a b c Ovide, Shira (February 15, 2022). "This YouTube Star Is Also a Retail Empire". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 13, 2022. Retrieved June 24, 2022.
  2. ^ "Top 100 YouTubers tech Channels". Archived from the original on June 19, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  3. ^ "Meet The Top 1% Of YouTube's "Google Preferred" Channels For Advertisers (Exclusive)". Tubefilter. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Rampton, John (July 21, 2015). "30 Power Players in Tech You Need to Know". Inc. Archived from the original on July 24, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ "I'm Linus Sebastian of LinusTechTips, and This Is How I Work". LifeHacker. July 29, 2015. Archived from the original on January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "How I became: LinusTechTips (Linus Sebastian)". How I became. Archived from the original on October 17, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2016 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "About". Linus Tech Tips. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Why Linus Left NCIX". Retrieved March 25, 2021 – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "The History of Linus Media Group". Linus Media Group. Archived from the original on November 30, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Linus Media Group".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "DreamHack to Provide Festival Experience at Linus Tech Tips Expo". The Esports Observer. February 22, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  12. ^ Tait, Amelia (December 26, 2021). "Meet the 'Influpreneurs': The new breed of YouTube influencers staffing up and building business empires". GQ. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
  13. ^ Tait, Amelia (December 26, 2021). "Meet the 'Influpreneurs': The new breed of YouTube influencers staffing up and building business empires". GQ. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
  14. ^ Passaris, Christie. "The ultimate guide to Floatplane". Clipchamp. Retrieved January 16, 2023.
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  17. ^ Warren, Tom (March 23, 2023). "The Linus Tech Tips YouTube hack is the latest in a line of crypto scam breaches". The Verge. Retrieved March 23, 2023.
  18. ^ "Linus Tech Tips YouTube channel hacked to promote Elon Musk crypto scam videos". Dexerto. Retrieved March 23, 2023.
  19. ^ Howarth, Jack (March 23, 2023). "LTT YouTube channel hacked to promote Deep Fake scam". WePC. Retrieved March 23, 2023.
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  21. ^ Mark Tyson (March 23, 2023). "Linus Tech Tips YouTube Channel Hacked to Promote Crypto Scams". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved March 23, 2023.
  22. ^ My Channel Was Deleted Last Night, retrieved March 24, 2023 – via YouTube
  23. ^ Richards, Rae Michelle. "EVER WANTED TO BUILD A$30,000 COMPUTER? BECAUSE THIS GUY DID IT!". Broken Joy Sticks. Archived from the original on January 9, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  24. ^ Khan, Imad. "$30,000 gaming PC defies logic, lets seven people game at once". DailyDot. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  25. ^ "Youtuber gasta equivalente a R$ 120 mil para montar supercomputador" [Youtuber spend equivalent to R$ 120,000 (US$ 30,000) to build supercomputer] (in Brazilian Portuguese). UOL. Archived from the original on January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  26. ^ Utomo, Riandanu Madi. "Computer Can Be Played By 7 People Simultaneously". Metro TV News. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  27. ^ Orland, Kyle (August 3, 2017). "What kind of gaming rig can run at 16K resolution?". Ars Technica. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  28. ^ Hanson, Matt (April 19, 2018). "YouTube channel claims Apple is refusing to fix its broken iMac Pro". TechRadar. Archived from the original on September 7, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  29. ^ Horwitz, Jeremy (April 18, 2018). "Apple refuses to fix iMac Pro damaged in YouTube teardown". VentureBeat. Archived from the original on November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  30. ^ a b Lilly, Paul (December 26, 2018). "Linus Tech Tips finds a range of issues in $1,500 gaming PCs". PC Gamer. Future US Inc. Archived from the original on February 27, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  31. ^ "Xbox Series X Controller Made From Solid Gold Is Very Expensive". Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  32. ^ They're Just Movies (December 30, 2022). THE FINAL EPISODE: Joker (2019). Retrieved March 16, 2023.
  33. ^ Linus Tech Tips [@LinusTech] (August 20, 2014). "Me: Holy crap I'm gonna be 29 in an hour! Wife: 28.... Me: Oh, that's better Wife: My goodness..." (Tweet). Retrieved October 22, 2016 – via Twitter.
  34. ^ I Make Questionable Choices Sometimes... Linus Media Group. March 13, 2023. Retrieved March 13, 2023.
  35. ^ LinusTechTips (January 28, 2022). r/PCMasterRace Hates Me... The WAN Show (YouTube video). Event occurs at 1:48:30. Retrieved March 4, 2023.
  36. ^ Sebastian, Linus (September 14, 2022). This Is So Embarrassing! (Video). Linus Media Group. Retrieved September 14, 2022 – via YouTube.
  37. ^ Sebastian, Linus (October 27, 2017). "Bixby Showcase – It does more than you might think!". Archived from the original on October 27, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017 – via YouTube.
  38. ^ Diab, Ann. "Secrets of the Most Successful Tech YouTube Content Creators Revealed". Archived from the original on January 26, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  39. ^ Garreffa, Anthony (January 23, 2020). "Linus from LinusTechTips is 'thinking of retiring'". TweakTown. Archived from the original on January 29, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  40. ^ Sebastian, Linus (January 18, 2022). Am I still thinking of retiring? (Video). Linus Media Group. Retrieved February 9, 2023 – via YouTube.

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