YouTube has witnessed too many success stories from around the world. One of them is the most famous YouTube sensation PewDiePie, A 28-year-old swede, named Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg. He has 60 million+ subscribers on his YouTube channel, and more than 17 billion views. His channel is known for its awesome gaming videos. Felix shoots these videos while playing games and does a comic voice over commentary. Kjellberg’s "Let’s play" is a vastly popular YouTube genre. How did a dropout like felix become so popular that he’s a celebrity face on the internet?
Felix always had a thing for video games. In his kindergarten days he used to draw video game characters like Sonic and Donkey Kong. He never lost his passion for gaming regardless of the ups and downs in the life. Though he grew up to be an introvert, but he claims that Starting his channel and posting content regularly boosted his confidence like never before. Let’s take a stroll into the history of Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg aka PewDiePie.
December-2006: Felix decided to make a YouTube channel, and named it “PewDie”.
April-2010: He started a new channel called “PewDiePie” because he forgot the password of his previous channel. Till this point he never had an idea that this will become the most subscribed YouTube channel in whole wide world world. January -2011: While studying Industrial Economics, he decided to quit as he thought it’s not worth the time and is extremely “boring”. Later he dropped out of college and started working as a hotdog vendor. He used to work on a hot dog stand during the beginning of his YouTube career, but soon he quit when he got signed by Machinima.
February -2011: After uploading 100 videos and having 2,500 subscribers, he showed his face for the first time on his YouTube channel. In zeal of being more interactive with his fans, He started “Friday’s With PewDiePie”.
July-2012: The PewDiePie channel reached its first milestone of 1 million subscribers. Although during October he got criticised by fans and other media and creators about his use of inappropriate language and jokes. Later he apologized for his mistakes in a Tumblr post. Till January 2013 his channel hit the 1 billion video views mark.
December-2013: In mere 12 months period, the channel went from 3.5 million subscribers to 19 million subscribers, this made it the fastest growing channel ever.
June-2014: PewDiePie released a YouTube video which revealed that he had raised over 1 million dollars for charities like Save The Children, Charity Water and various other organizations. Till August, he became so popular that he couldn’t even talk to his fans properly due to spammed comments he gets on his channel. On September 2014, PewDiePie’s YouTube channel became the first to get 10 billion video views and it's currently on 17billion!
October-2015: Channel hits the 40 million subscribers mark on Felix’s 26th birthday.
2017 was the year of controversies for felix as in January He got a lot of hate for Anti-Semitic messages like “Death To All Jews” which was purely fun intended experiment. Later that year Disney cut PewDiePie from their network because of Anti-Semitic references in the channel’s videos. Felix lost 2million subscribers in 2017. But he’s Still 26 million subscribers above the second place on YouTube. To get over this and for getting back in touch with his fans he uploaded an 80-minute video on the channel where he answered to whatever questions a fan wanted to ask. In this he discussed issues, his many fans have never heard him talk about before.
According to Time Magazine PewDiePie is one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the World. Felix has become a famous internet celebrity who has a net worth of $20 million and he has made $50 million from YouTube since 2014. He has collaborated with many other famous social media creators such as Emma Pickles and KickThePJ.
All we can learn from this amazing journey of PewDiePie, is that the road to success can’t be travelled in a single day. It takes years and years of hard-work, creativity and dedication. A college dropout hot-dog vendor is now the most famous face on the internet just because he put his blood, sweat and tears and whatever he had to follow his passion. “My parents said that sitting at home playing video games all day won’t get you anywhere in life” PewDiePie once quoted. If you’re reading this and you too dream success on YouTube, Stay focused and give your best.
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