PewDiePie hits 50 million subscribers, says he's deleting channel

We'll keep an eye on PewDiePie's channel tomorrow and be ready to mark the end of an era should YouTube's most popular creator call it quits.

Some speculate PewDiePie may be building buzz around deleting his channel to draw people to the channel for the charity stream.

"And like I said, this is not just affecting me, it's affecting other YouTubers and creators that you care about". Recently, he has announced that he will delete his famous YouTube channel today at 5pm GMT, as a protest to changes YouTube made to its algorithm.

PewDiePie hit 50 million subscribers on December 8 and, posting on Twitter, he confirmed the account will be deleted, as promised. So it's not too much of a leap to suggest that he's saying he's going to start a new YouTube Channel after this one. In turn, this would mean his new followership would only be people actively engaging with his content, which improves the visibility of his videos on YouTube. Kjellberg said YouTube recommendations now seem to be emphasizing viral videos and older content with high click-through rates, adding that porn has shown up in his suggested-videos feed.

The announcement was first made via YouTube. "We've done an extensive review and found there have been no decreases in creators subscriber numbers beyond what normally happens when viewers either unsubscribe from a creator's channel or when YouTube removes spammed subscribers". In his view, however, the internet-video giant is justified in its efforts to continuously improve the way the site functions as a whole.

"It is really upsetting how [YouTube] did this change". Recent changes to the platform have led to the "Recommended" feed being given more prominence than a user's subscription feed, which has been relegated to the a sidebar option.

"I'm white", he said. "I think if this continues it's going to kill a lot of channels".

Forbes estimate Kjellberg made $15 million previous year from his channel.

PewDiePie is now working on the second season of Scare PewDiePie, a produced web series that is available only to YouTube Red subscribers.

  • Marlene Weaver