1 year ago. These outlets suggested that Kjellberg's content contained and promoted fascist, white supremacist, and alt-right ideologies. [291] Kjellberg contributed one dollar to the charity for every 500 views the video announcing the campaign accumulated, up to a maximum of $10,000. Both, it may surprise you to learn, aren't as well-known as PewDiePie to a certain demographic in the world. Among those creators was "E;R", who Kjellberg highlighted for a video essay on Netflix's Death Note. To commemorate the achievement, YouTube sent PewDiePie a Red Diamond Creator Award, which the YouTuber showed off in a vlog. Posted by. YouTube Rewind 2019 brings back PewDiePie, addresses last year's mass dislikes . [242] Additionally, in the video game Surgeon Simulator 2013, the Alien Surgery stage features an organ called "Pewdsball" in honour of Kjellberg. He lost the overall title, but still became the "Gaming King of the Web" for the 1–15 February 2012 voting period. [28] On separate occasions, he later sought an editor and a production assistant to help with his content creation. With that said, data on the topic is more an estimation than anything exact. [206][207][208] Kjellberg has become one of the most-noted content creators online and been cited as largely influential for digital content creation, particularly on YouTube. [133], In late 2018 and early 2019, Kjellberg reacted to various compilations of TikTok videos. "[26] While his early videos would simply feature raw footage, he later began to dedicate time to edit his videos. "[178], By December 2011, Kjellberg's channel had around 60,000 subscribers,[33] and on 9 May 2012, it reached 500,000 subscribers. [69] Billboard reported that the channel gained more subscribers than any other channel in 2013. In the 2010s, the channel attracted younger viewers, such as teenagers and those in the 18–24 age range; various surveys conducted throughout the decade highlighted that Kjellberg's online influence within these age demographics was comparable to that of mainstream celebrities'. [99] The series premiered the following February. In April 2013, he made a cameo in an episode of Epic Rap Battles of History, portraying Mikhail Baryshnikov. [129] Alinity stated that her reaction was caused by "the rampant sexism in online communities", arguing that Kjellberg's comments degraded women; she refused to accept Kjellberg's apology. [226] In a Rolling Stone article, Kjellberg admitted to being shocked by his fame; he recalled a gaming event near his hometown, stating "I remember there were five security guards yelling at a crowd to back up – it was out of control. Sort by. Nevertheless, PewDiePie's channel actually gained subscribers during his 30-day break. [131] Kjellberg later apologised for the incident. [146][147] According to RT.com, he made light of Pakistani users who subscribed to his channel over T-Series in response to T-Series' removals. [197] Studies of the gaming community on YouTube have shown that 95% of video game players engage in watching online videos related to gaming, which has been linked to being an important reason for Kjellberg's popularity. That is a lot of money. [286] In 2019, he was a guest on the Cold Ones YouTube podcast. new (suggested) best top new (suggested) controversial old … ", "Interview: PewDiePie is the Best Thing to Arrive From Sweden Since IKEA", "PC download charts: 'Alan Wake Franchise,' PewDiePie and 'Insert Title Here, "YouTube games star PewDiePie is playing for global dominance", "Surgeon Simulator 2013's hidden space surgery secret exposed", "Take a shower with PewDiePie, like a Bossa", "Surgeon Simulator 2013 devs create shower sim starring PewDiePie, Weeble, and more", "Kill PewDiePie in this award-winning mass murder game", "Developer Talks: Pinstripe's Thomas Brush", "This Guy Makes Millions Playing Video Games on YouTube", "YouTube's Biggest Draw Plays Games, Earns $4 Million a Year", "PewDiePie isn't just a popular Let's Play YouTuber, he's the $4M-a-year king of YouTube", "Youtube-jättens stora vinst: 63 miljoner", "PewDiePie reportedly made $7.45 million in 2014", "You Will Hate All Your Career Choices Once You Learn How Much Money PewDiePie Makes", "Video game star 'PewDiePie' takes in $12 million, heads Forbes list of top YouTube earners", "Forbes 2016 list of highest paid YouTubers will make you weep", "The Highest-Paid YouTube Stars 2016: PewDiePie Remains No. "[215] Writing about and analyzing Kjellberg's career, Kevin Roose of The New York Times wrote that during the period in which Kjellberg had the most-subscribed channel but prior to his alleged anti-Semitism controversy, "[Kjellberg] was not just the YouTuber with the biggest channel. [276], On 3 June 2014, Sveriges Radio announced that Kjellberg was chosen to host his own episode of the Swedish radio show Sommar i P1. "[141][211][161] Although both parties came to a settlement later in the year, Kjellberg's videos remain blocked in India. 62 comments. [81] He had expressed his frustrations with the studio's parent company, Disney. Playing next. And sometimes it really works, and sometimes it doesn't. PewDiePie Is Hiring", "Why YouTube's biggest stars keep quitting", "YouTube's top creators are burning out and breaking down en masse", "Gamertube: PewDiePie and the YouTube Commentary Revolution", "YouTube star PewDiePie responds to 'haters' over $7.4m annual earnings", "Pewdiepie Video Game Youtuber Reaches 2,000,000 Subscribers", "He Screams at Gaming's Most Terrifying Moments So You Can Laugh", "CHRONICLE Therefore Pewdiepie Sweden's hottest Internet Star", "Nonick Bilbao this week becomes the European capital of Gaming", "PewDiePie: Pewdie. [185], In 2014, Kjellberg's channel was the most-viewed in January, and then for seven consecutive months from March to September. [120] Business Insider detailed that Kjellberg's first stream amassed around 60,000 viewers, and that Netglow had accumulated 93,000 subscribers to that point. [149], On 15 March, the perpetrator of the live-streamed Christchurch mosque shootings said "remember lads, subscribe to PewDiePie" before carrying out the attacks. [210] Over a year after the controversy, MacInnes opined that Kjellberg "is funny, intelligent, innovative and highly charismatic [...] to call him an alt-right agitator would perhaps be unfair as he has never publicly identified with the proto-fascist movement. The outlet Zee News reported that Kjellberg "faced strong criticism for his comments on the heightened tension between Pakistan and India in [the] March 12 issue of Pew News". [46] Shortly after, Kjellberg attracted criticism and controversy for the jokes, and in October 2012, he addressed the issue through a Tumblr post, writing, "I just wanted to make clear that I'm no longer making rape jokes, as I mentioned before I'm not looking to hurt anyone and I apologise if it ever did. The donation number is a comedic in-joke combining numbers from internet culture: 69 and 420. [164], On 9 April 2019, Kjellberg announced that he would live-stream exclusively on streaming service DLive as part of a deal with the company. Business must be good, because PewDiePie is outpacing some other notable names as far as merch is concerned. [183] Analyzing Tubefilter's data, The Guardian reported that Kjellberg's channel earned 1.3 billion video views in the second half of 2013. "[20], In September 2014, Rob Walker of Yahoo! "[209], In 2018, while noting that his content was rarely analyzed or written about, Paul MacInnes of The Guardian wrote, "Given the scale of his audience and his influence, not much is written about PewDiePie. Due to this audience and media attention, his coverage of indie games has created an Oprah effect, boosting sales for titles he plays. [265] The couple's videos were able to earn nearly 20 million views. [67] In 2013, the channel grew from 3.5 million to just under 19 million subscribers,[181] and by the end of 2013, it was gaining a new subscriber every 1.037 seconds. [100] Three YouTubers – Cryaotic, KickThePJ and Slogoman – would later join the sub-network after its launch. [37] In October, OpenSlate ranked Kjellberg's channel as the No. [178] Lev Grossman of Time wrote that Kjellberg dominated "an entire medium single-handed," and pioneered "a new form of fame not controlled or manufactured by a studio or a network. [60] On 1 November, his channel became the first to reach 15 million subscribers;[62] the following day, the channel was surpassed by YouTube's Spotlight account in subscribers. YouTube announced PewDiePie's record in its "Rewind" compilation, which mashed up the year's most important YouTube moments and featured a clip of Kjellberg showing his award to his fans. [12] By December 2011, Kjellberg's channel had around 60,000 subscribers,[33] and on 9 May 2012, it reached 500,000 subscribers. But in the mainstream media, his name has broken through only either as a result of novelty or scandal," and noted that his content was rarely written about. [1] Ultimately, Kjellberg did not delete his PewDiePie channel, and instead deleted a smaller second channel he had then-recently created. [‡ 4], Early in his career, Kjellberg's content mainly consisted of Let's Play videos. [106], Online campaigns to "subscribe to PewDiePie" greatly assisted Kjellberg's subscriber growth; his channel gained 6.62 million subscribers in December 2018 alone, compared to the 7 million subscribers gained in all of 2017. [128][130] In July, Kjellberg posted a meme with singer Demi Lovato's face; the meme jokingly referenced Lovato's struggles with addiction. [154] The day after the video's upload, Kjellberg temporarily regained his lead over T-Series as the most subscribed channel. I'd be very surprised if there was anyone in this year's YT rewind that wasn't running a G rated channel. The way things are going, many more are likely to come. Fans were waiting for the big moment for hours and captured it using Social Blade, a web app that allows monitoring the stats of many popular creators. "[97] He went on to express feelings of nostalgia for his early YouTube career, when he had fewer subscribers, and admitted to periodically thinking about giving up the platform altogether. 2017. 87% Upvoted. [101][102], Throughout 2016, Kjellberg's video style change became more apparent. [53] Competing against Jenna Marbles, Smosh and Toby Turner,[54] he also won the award for "Most Popular Social Show". [224][225], Kjellberg has himself stated that he dislikes being called "famous", and has been referred to as "shy and quiet", and "much more reserved in real life," by a colleague who worked with him on Scare PewDiePie. [84][85] The latter figure was a reported 81% increase from the channel's video views in 2013; the channel was the most viewed in that year, as well. On Feb. 7, when Express UK published the article, he had 103 million subscribers. [33] Prior to his partnership with Maker, he was signed to Machinima, which operates as a rival to Maker. [‡ 7] As a result, Kjellberg has made videos and statements expressing his feelings of burnout from frequently creating content for the platform, and its effect on his mental health. In addition, he expressed discontent over YouTube's changing algorithm negatively affecting viewership for content creators. But he shares much of their culture and amplifies it across the world. [175] In May, he signed an exclusive deal to stream on YouTube, as the platform was enrolling high-profile streamers to rival competitors like Twitch and Mixer. The same amount. [35] Following his exit from Chalmers, his parents refused to financially support him,[33] so he funded his early videos by working as a harbor captain, selling prints of his Photoshop art, and working at a hot dog stand. You might believe PewDiePie makes a ton of money from his YouTube videos alone. [65][66] Throughout 2012 and 2013, Kjellberg's channel was one of the fastest growing on YouTube, in terms of subscribers gained. [178][20] Eurogamer noted that Kjellberg was cast by media reports as a "figurehead" of YouTubers, and for being nearly synonymous with gaming YouTubers in general. But in the following years, someone managed to perform even better than PewDiePie. Here's How You Did", "Many fans gather at Social Star Awards for YouTube stars, not music superstars", "Why PewDiePie's New Game Is Proof We're All Doomed", "The 10 Most Difficult-to-Defend Online Fandoms", "Reasons why PewDiePie is the top Youtube channel despite all controversies", "PewDiePie is about to be dethroned as YouTube's biggest channel", "Who is PewDiePie, YouTube's record-setting personality? It is both amazingly awful and amazingly funny when a father bikes around with his son in the game Happy Wheels and both get crushed and bloody again and again and PewDiePie improvises absurd comments as the game continues. He constantly addresses his audience as a bunch of peer-like friends, as opposed to distant, genuflecting fans. [11][33][34] After initially forgetting the password to this account, he registered the "PewDiePie" YouTube channel on 29 April 2010. Kjellberg's popularity on YouTube and extensive media coverage have made him one of the most noted online personalities and content creators. In commemoration of his channel reaching 50 million subscribers, In collaboration with several other content creators, PewDiePie uploaded a, "FUNNY MONTAGE.. #2" is another compilation of PewDiePie's gaming content; the video includes clips featuring, "Jabba the Hutt (PewDiePie Song) by Schmoyoho" is a music video created by, PewDiePie reviews his past content, dating from ", "Minecraft Multiplayer Fun" is a Let's Play video featuring PewDiePie's gameplay of. [231][313] On 31 October 2017, former Goat Simulator developer and lead designer Armin Ibrisagic announced his partnership with Kjellberg for his video game Animal Super Squad. To many Inner YouTubers, he represented the values of the platform — lo-fi, authentic, defiantly weird. Over time, his style of content diversified to include vlogs, comedy shorts, formatted shows, and music videos. Most popular social media accounts and posts, † = category was merged from others [113][114][210] A Wired article covering the controversy referred to him as a "poster boy for white supremacists". According to the stats, he gained one subscriber every 3.6 seconds, reaching a total of 23,800 new subscribers per day. [315][316], Penguin Group's Razorbill imprint released Kjellberg's This Book Loves You, a parody of self-help books, on 20 October 2015. [313] It was released as a free app on iOS and Android devices, and reached the number one spot on the App Store within a few days of its release. "[18] In 2015, Ross Miller of The Verge wrote, "Love it or hate it, his success – like so many other YouTube personalities – isn't just in playing games but actually connecting and talking directly to an audience. Vlogger Gear estimated how much the popular influencer earns per video, per month, and per year. [136], On 5 October 2018, Kjellberg uploaded a diss track against Indian record label T-Series titled "TSERIES DISS TRACK" (later renamed "Bitch Lasagna")[137] in response to their YouTube channel being projected to surpass his in subscribers. It was allegedly stated that the complaint against Kjellberg claimed that his songs were "defamatory, disparaging, insulting, and offensive," and noted that comments on the videos were "abusive, vulgar, and also racist in nature. [303] Kotaku and Vice praised Kjellberg's donation and were critical of the portion of Kjellberg's fanbase who opposed the donation. "[13] Kjellberg has also been received negatively by the media, often being reported as an "inexplicable phenomenon. [285] In February 2016, he appeared on Conan, playing Far Cry Primal as part of the show's Clueless Gamer segment. [303] Part of Kjellberg's fanbase criticized his decision, citing controversial actions and stances of the ADL. Over time, he grew into an unlikely, disorienting, and insistently unserious political identity: He became YouTube's very own populist reactionary. [69] Billboard reported that the channel gained more subscribers than any other channel in 2013. In the text these references are preceded by a double dagger (‡): "I've made some jokes that people don't like. Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg[‡ 3] (/ˈʃɛlbɜːrɡ/ SHEL-burg,[3] Swedish: [ˈfěːlɪks ˈǎrːvɪd ɵlf ˈɕɛ̂lːbærj] (listen);[c] born 24 October 1989), known online as PewDiePie (/ˈpjuːdiːpaɪ/ PEW-dee-py), is a Swedish YouTuber, comedian, gamer, and philanthropist, known primarily for his Let's Play videos and comedic formatted shows. The secret is that he really loves to play these games and that he has fun doing it. [120] On Netglow, he started streaming Best Club, a weekly live stream show. [97] His religious views are ambiguous, as he stated "I don't know what I would consider myself religiously," in a 2019 video. The secret is that he loves to play these games and that he has fun doing it. Justin Bieber's "Baby" took the second position with 10 million dislikes. Celebrating the videos, people, music and moves that made 2015. Among the games played were Minecraft, which he surprised himself by enjoying. His relationship with Maker caused the establishment of an official PewDiePie website, app, and online store to sell merchandise, while Kjellberg promoted Maker's media interests and gave the network a share of his YouTube ad revenue. Follow. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Kjellberg's channel became the most-subscribed channel on YouTube on 15 August 2013. [12] He then went on to pursue a degree in industrial economics and technology management at Chalmers University of Technology, but left the university in 2011. [21], In January 2016, Kjellberg announced a partnership with Maker Studios to produce Revelmode, a sub-network of Maker, that would showcase Kjellberg and his friends on YouTube in original series. Browse more videos. After being briefly surpassed in late 2013 by YouTube Spotlight, his channel firmly held the title until early 2019, when he publicly vied for it with Indian record label T-Series. See more ideas about youtube rewind, youtube, rewind. [152], After briefly gaining the title several times in early 2019, on 27 March, T-Series surpassed Kjellberg in subscribers to become the most-subscribed channel on YouTube. [138] The video went on to replace "A Funny Montage" as Kjellberg's most-viewed video; as of 25 April 2020, the video has accumulated over 245 million views. Celebrating the videos, people, music and moments that defined 2018. YouTube Rewind 2018, but it's actually good. [222] Forbes still included Kjellberg in the gaming category of their June 2017 "Top Influencers" list. 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Kjellberg donated $10,000 to his fundraiser and managed to raise over $30,000 for NAMI. "[19], Lev Grossman of Time noted that "he's totally unpolished, but at the same time his timing is consistently spot-on," adding that "most of the critical literature about PewDiePie focuses on the bad language and crude physical humor–and admittedly there are a lot of both–and the fact that he is, at the end of the day, just a guy playing video games and yelling.
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