One of the more popular aspects of YouTube is the live subscriber count, where fans can watch their favorite channels cross major milestones as it happens. Sites like Socialblade provide viewers with an accurate sub count in real time.
Live counts played a major role in the PewDiePie vs T. Series feud, and largely fueled ‘cancel parties’ with drama such as Tati Westbrook and James Charles. Yet, a new YouTube policy change may switch that, and PewDiePie’s fans now have a deadline to hit if they want to see the YouTube king cross the 100 million sub threshold live.
Fans rally to hit the deadline
During the August 19 episode of ‘LWIAY’, PewDiePie reacted to a submission from a user named 'Popcorn00b' who rallied fans to hit a deadline for reaching 100 millions subs, bringing up the YouTube Policy change taking effect August 31.
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PewDiePie reading the post, said “Oh I know this. YouTube is changing their systems so that it will not update subs live so you can’t check a live feed. We can still hit a 100 million subs, we just won’t see the crossing of it.”
While he wasn’t 100% sure on how the policy change will work as YouTube hasn’t made it entirely clear, he agreed with the fan and rallied his audience to hit the August deadline just in case.
“I don’t know how it will work. But this means we have a deadline! August, 31st baby! We got to hit a 100 million subs!" he laughed before joking “Easy, that’s easy! No problem!”
(Timestamp of 01:15 for mobile viewers.)
Changes to YouTube
On May 21, the official Team YouTube Twitter account posted about the changes, saying that the sub count number would start to be abbreviated for the public.
“Currently, public sub counts are abbreviated in most but not all places across YouTube. In August, we’ll make this more consistent by always showing abbreviated sub counts publicly.” it said.
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While YouTube didn’t comment if there was a specific reason for the change, it led many to believe that it was in response drama such as the Tati Westbrook and James Charles drama, where users had ‘cancel parties’ and watched as channels lost subs in real time.
Currently, public sub counts are abbreviated in most but not all places across YouTube. In August, we’ll make this more consistent by always showing abbreviated sub counts publicly.
Creators: You’ll still see your full sub count in Studio!
Learn more → https://t.co/ldguF5Ussf pic.twitter.com/pmaKk4EU4k
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) May 21, 2019
Will PewDiePie hit 100 million before the deadline?
While the deadline may spring Pewds' fans into action, he isn't a million miles ways from completing the almighty task of hit 100 million subscribers.
As of writing, on August 20, the YouTube king is less than half-a-million subs away and growing steadily to meet the deadline. However, if you want a more visual aid, you can follow our dedicated live tracker.
Either way, with a deadline in place and PewDiePie slowly creeping towards the jaw-dropping mark, fans can track if they will be getting that mega Minecraft celebration after all.