Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg, the current king of YouTube, has shared his hilarious reaction to YouTuber Deji Olatjuni’s controversial practical joke at the 2018 Esports Awards.
Deji incited criticism for his reveal of the Awards’ Esports Publisher of the Year, who he at first said was Epic Games.
Deji owned up to his prank as a representative from Epic made his way to the stage, revealing Blizzard as the true winner of the category.
"No I'm joking, I'm joking, it's a joke,” he said. “It goes to Blizzard, well done Blizzard."
Blizzard’s representatives could then be seen heading to the stage, one of which shook his head at Deji’s antics.
PewDiePie put a hand over his face in apparent secondhand embarrassment, laughing at the crowd’s ensuing cries of shock and disbelief during a ‘Pew News’ video on November 15.
“Why would you do that, Deji?” he asked through a laugh. “Why? ...they went up and everything! Stupid YouTubers, I love it.”
Of course, that wasn’t the only prank Deji pulled at the Esports Awards; the YouTuber-turned-host also took shots at streaming platform Twitch for allowing (and even participating in) illegal streams of the KSI vs Logan Paul fight, of which he was a member.
"Yo, shoutout to Twitch for illegally streaming our fight, you owe us money!” Deji shouted. “Woo!”
Man, I really pissed off the eSports community :joyful::joyful::joyful:
— Deji (@Deji) November 13, 2018
In keeping with his bombastic personality, Deji called out those who taking issue with his hosting skills on Twitter, writing, “Man, I really pissed off the eSports community.”
While Epic may not have procured Publisher of the Year, Fortnite streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins ended up taking the prize for both Streamer of the year and Esports Personality of the Year, following up from his previous double-win at the Streamys.