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PewDiePie sets deadline for 100 million subs before YouTube policy change

Published: 19/Aug/2019 17:45 Updated: 20/Aug/2019 9:07

by Brent Koepp


During the August 19 episode of PewDiePie’s ‘Last Week I Asked You’, the YouTube king rallied his fans to reach 100 million subs by a certain deadline, before a YouTube policy change takes effect.

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.

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.”

Reddit: Popcorn00bA user submission to PewDiePie’s reddit community rallied fans to hit the deadline.

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.

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.

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. 


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

Twitter: @ArnauVidal
A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.