Are you a gamer? Then you must know all about Felix Kjellberg. Does the name not ring a bell? Right. You must know him by his YouTube name, PewDiePie. Are we on the same page now?
The Swedish vlogger has made a name for himself as an established gaming commentator on the video-sharing platform, a venture that has made him a multimillionaire.
A Cool $13 Million
In 2018, PewDiePie made $15.5 million from YouTube. In 2019, his earnings dipped, but he still took home a cool $13 million. If you were him, you wouldn’t complain, would you?
By the way, his earnings put him at seventh on the highest-earning YouTubers of 2019 list, the highest earner being 8-year-old Ryan Kaji with his $26 million. That though should be a story for another day.
Back to our gaming commentator, PewDiePie is going into semi-retirement. Given his way over $20 million net worth, the man can go into full retirement and still be comfortable, don’t you think?
But believe it or not, money has nothing to do with Felix going missing in action for a while. Instead, it has everything to do with a new YouTube policy.
The Google-owned platform recently expanded harassment policy doesn’t sit well with this vlogger, and he didn’t mince his words talking about it.
While doing so, he confessed to feeling tired and revealed his intention of taking a YouTube break this year.
As it appears, even a seasoned vlogger such as PewDiePie has issues with the online world. Soon after announcing his planned YouTube break, next came a full-scale attack against Twitter.
In a 7-minute video rant, Felix explained why he hated the platform, singling out how the Twitter online community promotes drama and banter. And as if to actually prove that he really loathes the site, he went on to delete his verified account. Wow! Think of all the followers he had!
An Account Still Exists
All the same, a PewDiePie Twitter account still exists, created by the vlogger himself. However, after reading his bio is where it gets interesting. The vlogger says that he doesn’t use Twitter and that he set up this new account to prevent potential fake accounts.
You’d think that this would stop users from following him, right? Wrong. Though the account is inactive, PewDiePie still has a considerable number of followers.
Following his departure though, tweeps were conflicted as to where it was a cue for celebration or a major disappointment. The only thing that’s for sure is that PewDiePie’s online presence will be missed.
All things considered, the man really deserves his social media break. For the past seven years, Felix has been giving it his all, appearing on the highest-earning YouTubers list consecutively.
In 2013, PewDiePie had a subscriber rate that would be the envy of any vlogger out there. We’re talking about 1.037 per second people! That’s huge in the vlogging world!
This rate would explain the channel’s growth from 3.5m subscribers at the beginning of the year to 19m as December drew to a close. That year, he was the most subscribed YouTube channel, and he had 1.3 billion views to show for it.