Here’s What’s Really Behind The Rumors Of Swedish YouTube Star ‘PewDiePie’ Leaving YouTube
YouTube fans started panicking in April 2019, thinking it was the end of an era. The popular YouTuber PewDiePie announced that he was switching to the live-streaming video service DLive. The Swedish YouTuber currently has over 94 million subscribers. But after nearly ten years on YouTube, he has decided it’s time for something new. But we all have the same question: Is he quitting YouTube for good?
Most Subscribed User
PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) joined YouTube in 2010 while he was a student at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. He eventually dropped out of school to focus on creating content. By 2012, he gained over one million subscribers due to his popular “Let’s Play” videos, in which viewers could watch him play video games and listen to his commentary.
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It didn’t take long for PewDiePie to become the most subscribed YouTube channel. To this day, his videos have been watched over 21 billion times. Such a mass following begs the question, why would he want to give that up?
All About Money
If anyone knows the business portion of YouTube, it would be PewDiePie—the content creating platform’s most popular channel. YouTubers don’t earn as much money as you think. The platform takes a cut of the revenue generated by live-streaming creators. Instead, DLive promises never to do that to its creators.
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“I’m excited to start live-streaming again regularly,” PewDiePie explained. “DLive is great for me because I’m treated like a real partner, just like all of the other streamers on their unique platform.” DLive will be able to support PewDiePie’s creative innovations, unlike YouTube.
The Big Question
When PewDiePie announced he was switching to DLive for his live-streaming content, his viewers had several questions. But everyone had the same question: Was he quitting YouTube? The actual answer is, he never announced he was quitting YouTube. PewDiePie never stated he was deleting his channel, nor did he state he wasn’t going to post new videos. It looks like he will now be on two video platforms. For his fans, that’s great news.
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