PewDiePie Becomes the First Individual Channel to Reach 100 Million Subscribers


Popular YouTuber, PewDiePie, became the first individual to reach 100 million subscribers on Aug. 26.

PewDiePie is a well-known name. Odds are, even if someone does not subscribe to his channel, they know the name. Between scandals and content, PewDiePie revolutionized YouTube and the “Lets Play” genre.

Reported by The Verge, Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg reached a milestone earlier today on his hit YouTube channel. The Swedish YouTuber became the first individually run channel to reach 100 million subscribers, and the second channel to reach that mark. PewDiePie announced the news on Twitter, posting a screenshot of his then follower count and making a YouTube video from his honeymoon hotel room to celebrate.

The race to 100 million subscribers was well-publicized. Earlier this year, PewDiePie and T-Series competed for the first to reach the mark. The two channels entered into a subscriber war, fighting to reach 100 million first. This competition happened between fans of the channels, more so than the channels themselves. But both streamers enjoyed the efforts from the communities.

T-Series, unlike PewDiePie, isn’t an individually run channel. PewDiePie is but one person. T-Series is a production company and music record label from India that joined YouTube in 2006. PewDiePie, meanwhile, joined in 2010 and does not have an entire team behind him.

In the end, T-Series came out victorious in the great subscriber war, becoming the first channel to reach 100 million subscribers on YouTube. However, that doesn’t ruin the significance of PewDiePie’s achievement. While his channel is not the first on YouTube to reach 100 million subscribers, it is the first individually run channel to achieve it.

PewDiePie is understandably excited by this milestone. He addressed his latest accomplishments in his latest video, calling this week his “best week ever.” The achievements include: reaching 100 million subscribers, beating the Ender Dragon in his Minecraft series, and getting married. On Twitter, he also promised a 12-hour live stream and the “fattest brofist” once he returns from his honeymoon.