BigBStatz, currently known as just BigB, is the alias of American YouTuber Anthony Viviano, who gained popularity for his Minecraft-related content, especially as part of Shady Oaks SMP, and his appearance on Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two. Currently, he focuses on the Roblox game Rainbow Friends on his main channel, but also has several other channels featuring games like Pixel Gun 3D and Brawl Stars. Since 2020, he has been posting YouTube-related motivational videos on the channel MyNamesAnthony.
BigBStatz became interested in video editing after watching his father do the same. Also a passionate gamer, he started making gaming videos despite his poor setup that made things more complicated. He joined YouTube on December 30, 2009 and started uploading Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 videos from the very next day. However, he had very few subscribers and juggled two jobs to support himself. Nevertheless, he continued to upload videos on YouTube and also made videos about games like Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Street Fighter X Tekken before he stumbled upon Minecraft, which he loved and wanted to make videos about.
In 2012, after Minecraft was released on Xbox, BigBStatz started making regular videos about the game. Although he was at the time working fulltime for 40-50 hours per week at a pharmaceutical company, he continued to upload primarily Minecraft videos on his channel starting in May 2012. He quickly gained popularity as a gamer and commentator in the Minecraft community and had also created a second channel after surpassing 50K subscribers on the main channel, but lost that channel later. He often collaborated with fellow Minecraft creators like Stampylonghead and was included in the list of “In-Game YouTubers” alongside TheDiamondMinecart, Stampy Cat, and LDShadowLady.
A big breakthrough for him came when he was included as an “associate”, i.e. in-game characters of the Sunshine Institute in the second season of Minecraft: Story Mode. He voiced his own character, named Anthony, like other Minecraft YouTubers such as DanTDM, CaptainSparklez, LDShadowLady, Stampylonghead, and Stacyplays. He first appeared in the third episode titled Jailhouse Block. According to reports, he was sent a letter by the Warden offering him a job as an "associate," in exchange for cookies as currency. He was also the only YouTuber in Minecraft: Story Mode who did not appear in the sixth episode, A Portal to Mystery. He later shifted towards Roblox where he currently plays the game Rainbow Friends.
BigBStatz was born as Anthony Viviano and grew up with an older brother, two older sisters and one younger brother. His parents divorced when he was only two years old and when his father was struggling financially. He was passionate about arts and creativity and was reportedly bullied in school.
Although born and brought up in North Carolina, he later moved to Germany to be with his wife, Sarah, who is better known as “cookie_mawnster”. They got married in 2015 and welcomed their first child, a boy, on March 4, 2021.