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Only 16 countries have a bigger population than PewDiePie’s subscriber count

Published: 29/Jan/2019 13:33 Updated: 29/Jan/2019 13:44

by Calum Patterson


Swedish YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg runs the most subscribed channel on the platform, and to put his numbers into perspective, there are now only 16 countries with a bigger population than his sub count.

His home nation of Sweden for example, has a population of just over 10 million, less than an eighth of PewDiePie’s 83 million subscribers.

Since late 2018, the Swede has been locked in a battle with Indian production company T-Series for his most subscribed crown, and the contest has been framed as PewDiePie and the world vs India.

PewDiePie is trying to defend his number one spot from T-Series.

PewDiePie is still a long way off the population of India though, who come in second overall with 1.1 billion people – second only to China’s 1.4 billion inhabitants.

In fact, there are only 16 countries in the entire world who boast a greater population than PewDiePie’s ‘bros’ (as he calls his subscribers).

Countries with a greater population than PewDiePie’s subscriber count

Country Population (2018)
China 1,420,062,022
India 1,368,737,513
United States 329,093,110
Indonesia 269,536,482
Brazil 212,392,717
Pakistan 204,596,442
Nigeria 200,962,417
Bangladesh 168,065,920
Russia 143,895,551
Mexico 132,328,035
Japan 126,854,745
Ethiopia 110,135,635
Philippines 108,106,310
Egypt 101,168,745
Vietnam 97,429,061
DR Congo 86,727,573

Source: UN

PewDiePie has recently taken over Turkey (82,961,805), Iran (82,820,766) and Germany (82,438,639) to become the leader of 17th largest population on Earth, if his YouTube channel was a sovereign state.

Living in the United Kingdom, PewDiePie’s own kingdom is now almost 20 million stronger than that of the nation he resides in, which has a population of 66,959,016.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is now within reach as PewDiePie aims for his next major milestone, but whether he will be able to reach the 86 million mark before T-Series is another matter.

You can keep up with the ongoing battle for the number one spot on YouTube with PewDiePie and T-Series live subscriber counts here.


Paige breaks down on Twitch as WWE’s streaming crackdown kicks in

Published: 30/Oct/2020 13:10

by David Purcell


WWE superstar Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, broke down in front of her fans on Twitch after the news came through that her employers had started cracking down on talent engaging on third-party platforms. 

Under their new restrictions, the sports entertainment company will take proceeds from their stars streaming under the wrestling names. For example, Paige’s donations on Twitch would previously be paid to her directly, but in the future that will not be the case.

In response to the measures, stars like her and AJ Styles have decided to stop streaming for a period of time – until more suitable terms can be agreed between both parties.

For a wrestler like Paige, though, who is injured – this was a difficult pill to swallow.

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Paige / Instagram
Paige, like many other WWE stars, has a huge following on social media.

Paige gets devastating news on Twitch

On October 29, the British star – who hails from Norwich, England – decided to cancel her stream after receiving the news on her phone while live.  In the spur of the moment, she walked off-stream for a short while before returning to the screen. Tears flowing down her face, she started to explain what was happening.

The Twitch broadcast VOD itself has been muted in certain areas, potentially due to the music being played in the background. So, clips are quite hard to come by on there, but some have posted the comments to YouTube.

Bevis said: “There may be a time where I have to stop streaming. I’ll have to walk away. If I have to leave, we have to make today and Saturday f***ing crazy. I’ve honestly gotten to the point where I cannot deal with this company anymore. Now I have to make a very important decision.

“Over f***ing worked. I broke my f***ing neck twice for this company. They don’t realize that this community isn’t about subs. We build a community and family where this is an escape for a lot of people, including myself. I can’t wrestle anymore. I was worked so hard in WWE that I can’t wrestle anymore because my neck is f***ed. My whole dreams got taken away. I had to have something that fulfilled that huge f***ing void that I lost with wrestling.”

Twitch has been an escape for injured Paige

The star injured her neck back in 2017 and has since even returned to the ring. At the time of her stream, though, she is out with another injury and unable to compete. Turning to Twitch, she has built up quite the following – with almost 150,000 people following her channel.

After that, she confirmed that she plans to continue streaming one way or another, and will see where that takes her. During the livestream, Paige revealed going live on the streaming website wasn’t for the donations and subscriber payments, but instead, an escape.

She added: “I understand if they’re like, ‘you’re wrestling every day and doing shows every day,’ but I’m an injured wrestler. I get used for media stuff, sometimes, but at the end of the day, I’m in my house going f***ing crazy and I need something to keep me sane.

“Twitch was my escape. Right now, I’m just sitting on my f***ing ass. People think I should be thankful that I still have a job, and I am, but it doesn’t mean I should be treated like f***ing shit. I had my neck taken away from me twice. You can’t take away my Twitch too.”

It appears to be heating up in the battle between employees and their employer. There’s a good chance WWE superstars take further action in the dispute too, as Paige mentioned potential unionization and hiring a lawyer, so it could be about to get a whole lot messier.