Is Technoblade OK? YouTuber jokes about his cancer diagnosis, fans say 'stay strong'

The Minecraft player, who was on a two-month hiatus revealed his cancer diagnosis on YouTube as he called healthcare provider 'the real victim'

                            Is Technoblade OK? YouTuber jokes about his cancer diagnosis, fans say 'stay strong'
A screenshot from Technoblade's latest YouTube video with an insert of his logo. (Technoblade/YouTube)

A cancer diagnosis can often be scary, if not depressing news. YouTuber Technoblade though seemed to see the bright side. On August 27, he revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. He made the announcement in a YouTube video, while playing Minecraft, and even threw in a few jokes. However, the news quickly spread like wildfire and fans took to social media to pray for the popular YouTuber.

The sudden and shocking reveal by Dave (Tecnoblade's real name) comes at a difficult time for the YouTube community. On August 25, fellow Minecraft player Carson King returned to the platform, after a prolonged absence over a grooming and sexting scandal. On August 1, comedian Chris Chan was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting her 79-year-old mother, leading her lawyer to argue she was "legally disabled." The YouTubers are just some of the many who've been in trouble of late.


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Technoblade though has enjoyed a largely uncontroversial career and risen to become one of the most beloved names in Minecraft and YouTube. With over 8.5 million subscribers, he's well-loved so naturally, the Internet was shocked by his news. What's interesting though is to note Technoblade's reaction to the news. Rather than a sombre reveal, he did it in a very entertaining manner, making us wonder if he is ok? Thankfully, that appears to be the case.

Technoblade reveals his cancer diagnosis while playing Minecraft. (Technoblade/YouTube)


Is Technoblade ok?

"So in the last few days of July, I noticed my right arm was starting to hurt," he said while playing Minecraft in his not so subtly named 'Where I've been' video. He initially assumed it was a stress injury from all the gaming, but after a few days he "noticed my right shoulder was starting to swell." After visiting the doctor, he learned that his swelling was due to cancer. He dropped the bomb very casually while playing Minecraft.

As to the question of whether he is ok, it appears Technoblade is ok now, after a few rounds of chemotherapy. "The first couple days were actually pretty chill, and then it kicked in and my energy levels hit zero. They were absolutely nothing," he told his followers. He seemed in very good spirits in his pre-recorded video, cracking plenty of jokes. "Cancer thinks it can stop me? Nah, Nah Nah Nah, I'm trying to make some bank bro," he joked. At another point, he said, "I could have the thumbnail be a giant red arrow pointed to my tumor with the caption 'might die, not clickbait'." 

Judging by the way he was laughing and joking about his diagnosis, it seems as if it isn't very severe. He didn't go into details about how bad it was, or how many chemo sessions he needed, but Technoblade did joke that it wasn't going well for his healthcare providers. "Of all the phone calls I made nobody took the news worse than my health insurance provider. They have been inconsolable for weeks," he joked. He added, "I think they’re the real victims in this." 

'True strength'

Social media quickly rallied behind the YouTuber, with plenty of cartoon pigs and the hashtags #Technosupport. "I really hope Technoblade kicks cancer's ass and recovers. Stay strong king," one user tweeted. Another said, "Techno joking about his cancer while i’m sat here with tears down my face #technoblade." One user commented, "#technoblade hey man. I just want to say that I really hope you get better soon. I mean who am I kidding techno blade never dies! Stay strong king :) @Technothepig."





"Techno smiling and laughing in the face of cancer is true strength. The man is and always will be a pillar of this community, and it's amazing to see so many wishing him a speedy recovery. Stay strong big dog!" one person tweeted. Another said, "Brb im crying, hope you get well soon techno <3 #technosupport."




By the sounds of it, the chemotherapy won't be stopping the 22-year-old from continuing his Minecraft gaming. He didn't say when he'd upload a video next, but he joked the lack of hair would mean "daily uploads". He did say, "I am feeling a lot better right now," so it does sound like all is good.