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PewDiePie becomes first YouTuber to hit 102 million subscribers

Published: 28/Oct/2019 12:12 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 11:26

by Jacob Hale

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PewDiePie is, without doubt, one of the biggest stars on YouTube. He hit 100 million subscribers in 2019 after a battle for the top spot with production company T-Series. Despite losing out to the company in the long run, he remains the most subscribed individual on the platform by far and shows no signs of slowing down.

Felix ‘PewDiePie‘ Kjellberg has held the title of most-subscribed channel on-and-off since August 2013, with his longest reign lasting 1920 days from December 23, 2013, until T-Series overtook him on March 27, 2019.

Despite T-Series running away with the title, Pewds’ success has been nothing short of incredible and, despite one of his slowest months in recent years, he still managed to reach another milestone on October 28, 2019.

Pewdiepie/YouTubePewdiepie has hit 102 million subs just over a month after reaching 101 million.

PewDiePie hits 102 million subscribers

The Swedish video creator has become the first individual YouTuber to reach 102 million subscribers on the platform, and this comes despite one of his slowest periods of growth in recent memory.

In September 2019, he ‘only’ gained just shy of 240,000 subscribers, which is the lowest he’s earned in a month since September 2017, exactly two years prior. Updated figures for October 2019 are not yet available, but will likely show a big upward trend from his September growth.

This slowdown in growth could be for a number of reasons. Kjellberg tied the knot with fiance Marzia Bisognin in August and was less active on YouTube while they honeymooned, which is likely the biggest contributor.

There has also been some speculation about Pewds being banned in China, although there is some confusion surrounding that particular topic. If his channel is indeed undiscoverable in China, he could potentially be missing out on a huge market that could be slowing down his potential growth.

Social BladePewdiepie’s growth reached its lowest point since September 2017.

Changes to real-time tracking of new subscribers for top YouTubers may also be a factor in the slight dip in growth.

Fans could once watch their favorite creator’s sub count change by the second. This was a feature that gained huge popularity during the PewDiePie vs. T-Series race as thousands would flock to ‘live streams’ that simply showed the sub count for each channel as the gap gradually shifted over the course of months.

A policy change announced in August of 2019 meant that these live counts would no longer be possible and it was this announcement that prompted PewDiePie to set a new ‘deadline’ for hitting 100 million subscribers: he wanted to smash the massive milestone while people could still watch it happen live.

There is a possibility that the loss of this feature has also created a loss in interest in the general day-to-day changes of YouTuber’s subscriber count. When you’re talking about someone that already has over 100 million of them, this could certainly have an impact!

Of course, most mere mortals would be more than happy with the growth that PewDiePie is currently seeing, and the king of YouTube has often made it clear that his sub count isn’t what makes him come back almost every single day to make another video.

Since Pewdiepie reached 101 million subscribers in early September, T-Series has grown from 111 to 116m, figures that he simply can’t keep up with even in his best form.

It’ll be tough to overtake the Indian production company once again, but PewDiePie is no stranger to breaking records.

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$375,000 Pokemon Trading Card Game box opening ends in absolute tragedy

Published: 29/Oct/2020 20:21

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon Trading Card Game livestream ended in disaster after it was quickly discovered that the booster packs were fake. The YouTube channel spent over $375k on the 1st Edition base set box, only for it to be resealed. 

Despite making its debut in 1999, the Pokemon TCG has exploded in popularity over the past two years. The hobby hit an all-time high in October when influencer Logan Paul opened a base set booster box he paid $216k for while livestreaming.

However, things didn’t work out as well for another YouTube channel who paid $375k for the same item. The livestream unboxing of the rare collectible quickly turned tragic when it was discovered that the TCG item was actually fake.

fake pokemon card booster box
Twitter: @DumbMoneyTV
The rare sealed 1st Edition booster box was actually fake.

Rare Pokemon TCG box opening ends in complete disaster

The event was hosted by YouTube channel ‘Dumb Money Live’ and included popular Pokemon content creators such as Lee ‘Leonhart’ Seinfeld. The rare 1st Edition base set booster box was bought for a record-breaking $375 through Logan Paul’s collectible trader ‘Collectables Guru.’

“The owner of the box supposedly bought three boxes when he was a child. They sat in the gun safe the entire time,” the Pokemon dealer explained. However, they quickly realized something was amiss after breaking the seal. Several booster packs were different colors, and some weren’t even 1st Edition.

“Oh no. That is a major f**king deal!” Guru exclaimed. The personality opening the box then revealed the problem: “It’s not even base set cards, these are Jungles! Wow. This is a resealed box. It’s random!”

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Upset, Collectable Guru called up the seller and explained that the box was resealed. “We opened the box literally live and they’re resealed packs. There is like base set 2 mixed in, half of them are 1st Edition. But they are all resealed, this is absolutely unacceptable. How is this going to be taken care of immediately?”

Stunned by the whole thing, Leonhart stood by and said, “Oh my gosh, I was not expecting that.” Guru came back and updated the group and explained that the seller had two other boxes that they were going to open first before bringing them back to the YouTubers.

youtubers opening fake pokemon card box
YouTube: Dumb Money LIVE
The YouTubers were floored after the rare Pokemon box was fake.

To add salt to the wound, the box opening was done on stream for charity. Dumb Money Live gave an update and addressed the situation a day later stating: “I don’t know a single person in my network that hasn’t been defrauded as an investor. You have to give sellers a benefit to make this right.”

At the time of writing, the situation has not been entirely rectified. The channel will open a booster pack on October 30 live to verify that the second box is actually real. However, it appears that if this one is fake as well, the seller claims they will refund the content creators their $375k.