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PewDiePie beaten by 8-year-old on YouTube top earners list

Published: 21/Dec/2019 12:28 Updated: 21/Dec/2019 12:39

by Daniel Cleary


Popular content creator Felix ‘PewDiePie‘ Kjellberg has been surprisingly beaten in YouTube earnings by young stars, such as Ryan’s World, on the video-sharing platform in 2019, according to a report by Forbes.

Although PewDiePie is far-and-away the most subscribed individual YouTuber on the video-sharing site, it seems as if he may have been overtaken by some of his fellow content creators in earnings.


It may come as a surprise to many of the popular Swede’s fans that this year, the title as the highest-earning creator on YouTube belongs to a young child.

PewDiePieThe popular content creator was ranked #7 on the highest-paid YouTuber list.

The number 1 spot is now held by eight-year-old star Ryan Kaji, who has built a massive following of 23 million subscribers on his ‘Ryan’s World’ channel, known for creating many educational videos such as conducting various science experiments.


It was reported that Ryan’s annual earnings were estimated to be over $26 million per year, which doubled the amount of PewDiePie’s estimated revenue in 2019, who was placed 7th on the earnings list.

Although Ryan is ranked on top of the YouTube earnings list, it also takes into account alternative streams of revenue and in the young star’s case, he has his own toy line with over 100 products as well as a Nickelodeon TV deal that likely contributes to a large portion of the revenue.

Ryan's World, YouTubeRyan Kaji was crowned as the highest-earning YouTuber in 2019.

Many other notable stars have also made the list, with popular creators such as Dude Perfect and Jeffree Star falling behind Ryan Kaji’s impressive annual income.


You can find the full list of YouTuber earnings below.

  1. Ryan Kaji – $26 million
  2. Dude Perfect – $20 million
  3. Anastasia Radzinskaya – $18 million
  4. Rhett and Link – $17.5 million
  5. Jeffree Star – $17 million
  6. Preston (Preston Arsement) – $14 million
  7. PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) – $13 million
  8. Markiplier (Mark Fischbach) – $13 million
  9. DanTDM (Daniel Middleton) – $12 million
  10. VanossGaming (Evan Fong) – $11.5 million

Despite not quite reaching the number one spot, PewDiePie has still had a very successful year, becoming the first individual creator to reach 100 million subscribers, creating an incredibly popular Minecraft series and has even launched his own mobile games for his fans to enjoy.

However, it seems unlikely that the Swedish star will catch up to Ryan’s World anytime soon, as he recently announced that he would be taking a break from uploading to his YouTube channel while listing fatigue as one of his main reasons.


Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos


Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.


Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.


“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.


“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”


Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.


“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.