In July 2013, Felix Kjellberg – better known by his username, PewDiePie – made history by becoming the first channel to reach 10 million subscribers. Three and a half years later, Pewds continues to set records: by becoming the first channel to reach 50 million subscribers.
Kjellberg’s channel has garnered more than 50 million subscribers and 13 billion views thanks to his 3,000+ videos. Just this week, Forbes ranked him the #1 highest-paid YouTube creator, at about $15 million earned from June 2015 to June 2016.
His success hasn’t been without drama, though. Just last week, the star creator vowed to delete his channel upon reaching 50 million subscribers, citing two key issues with YouTube: that fans are being automatically unsubscribed without their consent, and that changes to YouTube’s algorithm are now favoriting clickbait and branded videos over traditional content from home-grown creators in subscriber & trending feeds.
“I’ve decided the only way to stop my channel from dying – I know you are going to think I am joking – but I am going to delete my channel,” said Kjellberg, in his 10-minute video.
Less than an hour after reaching the landmark achievement, he sent out the following tweet, claiming that he plans to delete his channel at 5pm GMT tomorrow afternoon.
will delete tomorrow 5pm gmt
— pewdiepie (@pewdiepie) December 8, 2016
During the time when Kjellberg crossed over to 50 million subscribers, more than 50,000 tuned in to watch his live live subscriber count on Social Blade.
While it’s not likely that he’ll delete his channel, we’d like to congratulate PewDiePie on reaching this incredibly monumental milestone. Here’s to the next milestone: 100 million!