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How PewDiePie defeated the mainstream media and became the king of YouTube

Published: 7/Mar/2019 23:55 Updated: 8/Mar/2019 1:32

by Virginia Glaze

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Although Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has seen his fair share of controversy, the king of YouTube continues to celebrate success on the platform, gaining over 88 million subscribers and counting.

PewDiePie’s YouTube career began after he dropped out of college, finding his course in Industrial Management and Economics “boring as hell.”

He went on to raise funds for a functional PC by selling hot dogs, which later spurned his series of ‘Let’s Play’ videos that skyrocketed him to fame – including his legendary, 34-part ‘Amnesia’ playthrough.

The Swede’s content grew so popular that he became YouTube’s most subscribed channel in 2013, beating out the likes of media giant ‘SMOSH’ in the process.

While Felix’s early years were fairly free from controversy, his use of a possible racial slur in his ‘Most Handsome Faces of 2017’ video and his subsequent ‘It’s Raping Time’ video kicked off a slew of scandal, which was later heightened by his Anti-Semitic joke through freelance service ‘Fiverrr.’

This debacle caused Disney’s Maker Studios to drop PewDiePie from their network – and even incentivized YouTube to cancel the second season of his original series, ‘Scare PewDiePie.’

A slew of articles criticizing the YouTuber for his joke went live in the process, including a massive piece from the Wall Street Journal that may have kicked off YouTube’s adpocalpyse.

PewDiePie, Twitter / TubefilterDespite PewDiePie’s major scandals, the YouTuber has managed to keep a massively faithful fanbase.

PewDiePie went on to incite even more controversy after using a racial slur during a PUBG livestream, and later shouted out an Anti-Semitic YouTube channel in 2018.

Despite the media’s near-constant buzz around PewDiePie’s controversies (with some outlets even linking him to the alt-right), his fanbase faithfully rallied around him in support, with other major YouTubers in the space coming up to bat for the YouTube king amidst the scandals.

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However, PewDiePie was later in the news for a different reason, altogether – he was soon to be surpassed in subscribers by Bollywood label T-Series, which swiftly became one of the most dramatic battles on YouTube.

The fight between PewDiePie and T-Series has since gone viral, with the likes of MrBeast advertising for Pewds at the 2019 Super Bowl and Team 10’s Justin Roberts buying out the largest billboard in Times Square.

Some hackers have even infiltrated printers, Chromecasts, and other devices with messages asking users to subscribe to PewDiePie – proving that despite his controversies, the YouTuber manages to maintain a massively faithful fanbase to this day.

While T-Series was originally projected to surpass PewDiePie in late 2018, the YouTuber has fended off his nemesis for nearly six months, and now sits at over 88 million subs thanks to his viewers.

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TSM Hamlinz finally breaks Twitter silence after four-months away

Published: 26/Oct/2020 3:43 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 3:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Hamlinz has been missing in action for quite some time, but the beloved Fortnite streamer has finally broken his silence on Twitter on Oct. 25, and let the world know he is back and feeling good.

Darryle ‘Hamlinz’ Hamlin was once a pillar in the streaming world. He shot to fame while streaming Fortnite during its peak, and his popularity rose even more after he joined Team Solo Mid.

However, the beloved streamer has been on the down-low for several months now; in fact, he has been silent on social media for most of the year. 

Hamlinz tweeted every now and then between January and March, and even streamed a couple of times. But he was far less active than he used to be, and hadn’t posted at all since July.

Many speculated he might have been on another hiatus. The first one happened when he needed some time off to deal with a nasty cyst. The second one happened not long after when he needed some time to deal with personal issues.

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Hamlinz was once one of the most popular streamers alongside Shroud and Ninja.

Hamlinz is back and feeling like his old self again

Thankfully, he bounced back on both those occasions, and it seems like he’s bounced back once again. The full extent of what happened this time around remains unclear. However, the most important thing is that Hamlinz has finally broken his silence on social media.

“Feeling like my old self again,” he wrote. It’s a little more than one hour old, but the tweet has already amassed 50,000 likes, 6,5000 retweets, and 6,000 comments.

The hype is real, and for a good reason. Hamlinz is one of the most entertaining, likable, and talented streamers in the world. Plus, it’s always nice to see people recover from whatever issues they’re facing and get back on their own two feet.

The comments are filled with people happy to see him back. “Finally something good in 2020,” wrote one fan. “Hamlinz is BACK BABY,” wrote another.

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Hamlinz and Daequan are best friends and housemates.

Sadly, Hamlinz has remained tight-lipped on whether he will stream again anytime soon. However, considering he is feeling like his old self again, it could mean that a stream might not be too far away.

Either way, there’s no doubt that it will be a momentous occasion. If the excitement in the comments is anything to go by, the floodgates will open and his fans, followers, and viewers will come pouring in.

Hamlinz has more than five million followers across Twitch, Twitter, and Youtube. It seems all the time off hasn’t dampened his popularity in the slightest.