After a long and intense battle with music video channel T-Series, gamer PewDiePie has held onto his crown as the king of YouTube with 80 million subscribers.
This milestone marks a huge level of growth for PewDiePie over the last 12 months, having grown from 60 million subscribers in January 2018. Prior to the rivalry with T–Series, his channel’s growth had significantly slowed down, hovering between 50 million and 60 million subscribers for quite a while. After informing his followers of the battle, he had rocketed to 70 million fans by November 2018 and then continued to add another 10 million in just 6 weeks.
A channel of this size certainly doesn’t come without its difficulties however, as with great powers comes great responsibility. In the last few years, PewDiePie has repeatedly come under fire for remarks and actions deemed antisemitic. Despite denying any wrongdoing, the YouTuber, real name Felix Kjellberg, reportedly garnered a loyal far right following for his actions.