YouTube’s Generation Z Redpiller, Pewdiepie, Reaches 60 Million Subscribers

By Kanach Peterson

The Swedish YouTube sensation Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has surpassed 60 million subscribers on his main channel. This makes another milestone of which he is the first to make, while solidifying his position as the most popular youtuber.

PewDiePie is no stranger to the title of “top subscribed.” Going back to the launch of his channel in 2010, he first achieved this feat in August of 2013. He was then usurped by the YouTube Spotlight channel before regaining his number 1 rank later in the year.
Although, every year is a prosperous year for PewDiePie, he came under controversy several times in 2017. The first of which came in February, 2017 when The Washington Post made a Post accusing him of anti-Semitism and Nazism in his videos. The claims resulted in PewdiePie being removed his partnerships with Disney and YouTube, and the cancellation of his YouTube Red series, Scare PewdiePie. But that’s not the only time PewdiePie would come under fire in 2017. Later, in September he was heard on his YouTube stream calling an opponent a “fucking nigger” while playing PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. However, he made several public apologies to remedy of this and started to grow again after the situation was dealt with.

PewDiePie’s content has changed several times over the years to accommodate the changing interests of his fans and viewers of YouTube as a whole. During the beginning of his YouTube career PewDiePie was known mostly for his walkthroughs of horror games, while know he is known for his commentary videos. While brushing with controversy several times did stunt the growth of his channel, has proven to still be the most dominant force on the platform.