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Another YouTube channel is chasing PewDiePie’s most subscribers crown

Published: 23/Jan/2019 17:36 Updated: 23/Jan/2019 17:49

by Matt Porter

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Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg is currently embroiled in a close rivalry with T-Series for the coveted top spot on the “most subscribed YouTube channel” list, but a new challenger has appeared and is vying for the crown.

In a video uploaded to YouTube on Monday, January 21, trickshot experts Dude Perfect announced that they were heading on a 20 city tour that will see the crew put on 90 minute long shows featuring all the classic tricks that fans of the channel have become accustomed to.

However, during the video the team made up of Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert, Tyler Toney and twins Coby and Cory Cotton revealed that they had set their sights on a target, specifically, catching PewDiePie.

Dude Perfect are taking aim at PewDiePie.

This will be a difficult task for Dude Perfect, who sit on 38.5 million subscribers, over 40 million behind their Swedish counterpart.

Dude Perfect claim that they have no interest in overhauling Kjellberg permanently, but rather want to tie with PewDiePie “for like one second, then he can go back to beating us by 30 million again,” according to Garrett Hilbert.

The trickshot crew have encouraged fans to use “TieThePie” on social media as they attempt to convince people to subscribe to their channel, and have even offered a reward to viewers if they manage to draw level with Kjellberg, stating that they will reveal the identity of the person who has been wearing a panda mascot costume in their videos for years.

PewDiePie remains at the top of YouTube for now, and even received the backing of an unlikely new ally in his race to remain on top.

While Dude Perfect are well behind Kjellberg in terms of subscribers at the moment, Indian entertainment company T-Series are right on their tail and closing the distance rapidly. You can keep an eye on the battle using our real-time PewDiePie vs T-Series live subscriber count post.

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Asmongold slams Twitch for adding new “intrusive” mid-stream ads”

Published: 1/Nov/2020 1:06

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Twitch has added new mid-stream ads in recent weeks, and popular streamer Asmongold is not happy about it, calling them “intrusive” and “disappointing.”

In the past month, threads have been popping up left, right, and center claiming that Twitch has added mid-stream ads. It started as an experimental feature in which an automated mid-roll of ads would happen to randomly selected viewers.

However, it seems to have become the norm now, and it’s gotten streamers as well as viewers concerned. Asmongold learned about them for the first time in his latest stream, and he was less than impressed.

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It all started when he watched his own stream from the perspective of a viewer and noticed there were ads running that he didn’t set.

“Commercial break in progress?” he said in disbelief, repeating the phrase for good measure. He was also surprised to discover that he was in the top 30 channels who run ads per day. 

“For the past two months, Asmongold is in the top 30 channels that run ads,” he added. Still, it paled in comparison to the number of daily ads on Hasan ‘Hasanabi’ Piker stream, which was more than double of the person in second place.

This prompted him to go down a rabbit hole, hopping from thread to thread. Once he got up to speed, he said he was “very frustrated” with the issue. However, he couldn’t stream on YouTube to protest “even if he wanted to” due to contractual obligations.

That didn’t stop him from sharing his thoughts though. “If Twitch wants to force ads, I think that we should say, okay, Twitch you are going to force ads. You have to force ads. Fine. Let’s talk about a way to do it that is not intrusive to the viewer,” he said.

“The viewer is why this website succeeds. The viewer is why this website grows.” It’s a sentiment that the thousands upon thousands of viewers in his chat appreciated. 

“The moment that you stop taking into consideration the actual consumer of the product and you do things to make money off of them without providing a value, that is whenever your company and your product begins to fail,” he added.

Later on, he still couldn’t shake it off. Ultimately, he decided to contact Twitch support and drafted up an impassioned Tweet with a little help from his viewers.

“Hey @TwitchSupport some of my viewers have been getting SPAMMED with ads that I didn’t run and that happen as midrolls and not prerolls,” he wrote. “Some have said they have gotten over 20 ads in less than 3 hours. Is this intended and what can I do to make it stop?”

Asmongold’s post has already gained nearly 7,000 likes, and it seems like he’s become a voice for the people on the matter.

He said he doesn’t know whether it’s intended or not. But either way, he hopes it will at least force an explanation.

Twitch has not commented on the issue yet, at least not publicly. However, it’s fair to say that streamers and viewers alike will be eagerly awaiting their response.