PewDiePie Threatens To Leave YouTube, Holding Breath

PewDie-Bye

50 million subscribers is no mean feat.

PewDiePie is arguably one of the most successful YouTube stars to come out of the website, which has become a popular domain for average people doing regular things, recording it for posterity and potentially making millions of dollars. 

His real name is Felix Kjellberg and he started his channel in Sweden in 2010, funding himself by working in a hotdog stand. Eventually in 2013, he had the most subscribers on YouTube and was earning millions per year. 

Now at almost 50 million subscribes, PewDiePie might be saying PewDieBye, due to a scuffle with the powers that be at YouTube.

“YouTube is trying to kill my channel. It is clear. It is happening if you watch my analytics. It is all going down,” He said in a, you guessed it, video. 

“Some creators have expressed concerns around a drop in their subscriber numbers,” a YouTube spokesperson told Mashable in a statement. “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. We do the latter to ensure that all creator subscriber numbers are accurate.”

Not so says Felix, who calls his legion of fans the “Bro Army.” Yes, that’s right. Bro Army.

“It is really upsetting how [YouTube] did this change,” he also said. “They won’t explain what happened properly to anyone. It’s not just me, a lot of YouTubers are noting this.”

Either way, we hope it all works out. 

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