PewDiePie Did It AGAIN! Another Youtube History Record - 60 Million Subscribers Now a Fact!
A new Youtube record now's a fact. PewDiePie surpassed another major benchmark that has never been reached before by any other user - he now has got more than 60 million subscribers!
While it his highly unlikely you haven't heard of him before, having in mind the above mentioned number of fans from all over the world, how many of us really know his past? ...
The History of a Revolutionary Guy
Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg was born in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 24th, 1989. At first he had plans for a degree in industrial economics and technology management after graduating the school but quit only after a year at Chalmers University of Technology gotten disinterested in his degree field.
It was back then in 2010, while studying at Chalmers, that he registered his Youtube account and named it "PewDiePie". Originally he got famous of his unique reactions and comments while playing video games, most of them of the horror and action genres.
PewDiePie's first channel's name was "PewDie", coming from "Pew" - the sound of a laser gun, and "Die" - meaning dead, but after forgetting the password for this one, he then registers the current "PewDiePie". His other hobby was making Photoshop manipulations arts.
After dropping out of the university the following year, in 2011, and failing to win an apprenticeship in an advertising agency, he decided to focus on creating content for his Youtube channel and started selling hot dogs on a stand and prints of his Photoshop art for a living.
"Thinking about it now, it was utterly absurd. To get into Chalmers for industrial economics you need straight A's, but somehow I was happier selling hot dogs and making my own gaming-videos.", PewDiePie confesses about his decision.
"Why does everyone get this story wrong? I dropped out of university because I didn't like it. To drop out of university to pursue YouTube, that'd just be fucking stupid ... Industrial management and economics (was) boring as hell ... I couldn't relate to fucking anyone.", PewDiePie clarified in 2017 in regard of the statements that his reason for dropping off the university was his wish to focus on a future with Youtube.
In September, 2011, PewDiePie developed his original idea of "sharing gaming moments on YouTube with my bros" and started posting weekly vlogs, performing what became the special symbol of his audience "BroFist" at the end of each video. Later on PewDiePie's community was even referred to as "BroArmy".
People loved PewDiePie's original ideas, charisma and his emotional, genuine and unfiltered reactions, even though he often used inappropriate and discriminative jokes and was criticized for by the media. Chris Reed of The Wall St. Cheat Sheet refers to his style as to "off-the-cuff running commentary that's characterised by goofy jokes, profanity and loud outbursts.", for example, but it seems like exactly those were the things that his fans loved most because the channel started scaling really fast. It was only few years after the start when PewDiePie hit 1 million subscribers, in July 2012. The second million followed right after just few months later in September the same year.
As his channel grew, PewDiePie's video content became more and more rich and various. Besides playing on most of the popular games, he started supporting such from indie developers, and even making non-gaming videos.
In 2012 and 2013 PewDiePie's channel was one of the fastest growing when it comes to gaining subscribers, just to become the most subscribed channel in Youtube's whole history in December 2013 with around 19 million subscribers and over 1 billion video views, starting the year with 3.5 million subscribers.
"When I started my YouTube channel in 2010, I never imagined that one day it would be the most subscribed channel in the world and that I would be a part of such a great community.", PewDiePie confessed. After becoming the most subscribed user, Ben Donovan of Maker Studios, the multi-channel network that PewDiePie joined earlier in 2012, expressed that PewDiePie "is a great example of how a YouTube content creator can amass a worldwide following due to passion and creativity, and his large subscriber base showcases the loyalty and strong connection he has to his 'bros'."
In 2014 alone, PewDiePie's channel grew with nearly 14 million new subscribers and over 4 billion views - both figures higher than any other user on Youtube. The same year PewDiePie, who was posting daily before that, decided to make a change in his video output, announcing that he would be scaling down the frequency of video uploads, and stating that "... (there's) a lot of challenges in doing daily content, it's stupid. I really shouldn't be doing it, I really should just fucking go back and upload twice a week or some shit, and then take a step back, but I still really, really love the daily challenge—the daily grind—of just being like, 'Hey, I'm gonna make a video today, no matter what.' and sometimes it really works, and sometimes it doesn't." He even decided to permanently disable the comments below his videos, stating that most of them are either spam and/or advertising, or provocations and even though he stayed keen on his decision, later on created a special forum (broarmy.net) to be able to listen to his fans after all and to communicate with them.
During the early years of his YouTube career, PewDiePie was doing everything by himself when it comes to his video output and refused to hire any editor or outside assistance, stating "I want YouTube to be YouTube." In October 2014, however, he expressed that he would seek an editor in 2015 but then again in February 2017, PewDiePie shared in his "My Response" video, "I'm just a guy. It's literally just me. There's not a producer out there ... There's no writer, there's no camera guy."
By 2015 PewDiePie got so famous and influential that Youtube offered him a role in special series and named it "Scare PewDiePie". In September 2015 he became the first user that surpassed the massive number of 10 billion views. The series, shot in United States, debuted on PewDiePie's channel in January 2016 and in October he announced that he would be going back to Los Angeles for the shoot of another season and that he would be going back to daily vlogging while away.
The year of 2016 was another key period in PewDiePie's life since he seemed to had reassessed his style and behavior. He got himself into a lot of scandals during the previous years making various jokes about gays, jews and nazis, even saying the "nigga" word in a video, which lead to not only a lot of criticism but caused him problems with his business partners during the years - at first, with the multi-channel network he had joined, and later on after leaving the network, with Disney - his second major partner. Along with a change in his style, PewDiePie apologized for his humor and behavior stating "I still make kinda stupid jokes that I shouldn't make. But I feel like back then I didn't understand. I was so immature and I just thought things were funny just because they were offensive ... I'm not proud of it. I'm really not. But I'm also glad that I've grown past it."
At the end of 2016 PewDiePie started a frenzy with his statement that he would delete his channel the moment he gets 50 million subscribers. BroArmy pulled out their full equipment and got him reach the above mentioned staggering number out of curiosity in no time but PewDiePie did not delete his original channel ultimately after reaching the benchmark but shut down another channel of his, which he created jokingly earlier on and called "Jacksepticeye2", and everything came out to be another of his controversial jokes but a joke that sky-rocketed his channel to hardly reachable heights in comparison to every other user, breaking another record in the whole history of Youtube.
By early 2017, he had uploaded almost 3,500 videos to his channel (some of them made private).
At the beginning of this week, on January 21st, 2018, to nobody's surprise, PewDiePie put his flag on another record height reaching 60 million subscribers. The fact caused statements of "He has got more subscribers than Italy's population" type and predictions than it won't be soon before he reaches 100 million subscribers looking at his rapid growth during the past years.
Currently PewDiePie is still running on daily uploads schedule, still being the biggest channel on Youtube, far ahead of other users, having a community bigger than a large country at the amazing age of 28. Keeping in mind PewDiePie's originality, who knows what future will bring ... We'll live and see ...