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PewDiePie ‘fans’ take T-Series YouTube competition too far, vandalize WWII memorial

Published: 9/Mar/2019 12:10 Updated: 10/Mar/2019 21:09

by Daniel Cleary


‘Fans’ of the YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie‘ Kjellberg have taken things too far in their bid to keep him ahead of T-Series on YouTube as an image has surfaced of a vandalized WWII memorial in Brooklyn.

As the battle between T-Series and PewDiePie for YouTube’s most subscribed channel continues, fans have started to go to extreme measures in an attempt to keep the Swedish star ahead – but one individual appears to have crossed a line.

In this instance, an image has surfaced on the Brooklyn subreddit that shows the Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Plaza Park with writing scrawled on it.

RedditBrooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Plaza Park

Some local residents believe that so-called ‘fans’ of the YouTuber have etched the slogan of the T-Series battle, ‘Subscribe to PewDiePie’, into the memorial with some kind of rock in a bid to keep the Swede on top. Others claim that it has been written in chalk.

Many Redditors on the thread came to PewDiePie’s defense, making it clear that he would not support this particular act, with one stating: “Whilst he fully endorses people promoting his channel (who wouldn’t) he does not support illegal or unethical actions such as these nor can he be held responsible or accountable for the actions of an idiotic minority.”

PewDiePie / YouTubePewDiePie retains the lead over T-Series.

PewDiePie still holds on to the lead over the Indian record label ‘T-Series’ while maintaining a staggering 88+ million subscribers. However, the difference between the two has once again dwindled as less than 15,000 subs separate the two channels.

PewDiePie has not commented on this event, but it’s safe to say he will not appreciate any of his fans taking such drastic and disrespectful actions to promote his channel.


Shroud claims Twitch streamers should “unite” to overturn DMCA rules

Published: 25/Oct/2020 3:59 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 4:44

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has claimed streamers should have taken a “united front” on the new DMCA rules to try and force Twitch to overturn them, and “could have won” if they did, after thousands of streamers deleted their old VODs to avoid being taken down, some dating back nearly a decade.

Twitch has ramped up its efforts in cracking down on streamers using licensed music. Streamers around the world have been rattled and rocked after receiving DMCA takedown notifications, with a massive wave sweeping across the platform on October 20.

It happened because most streamers play music in their streams, which means it’s also included in their library of video clips and VODs.

It’s a controversial issue that has happened in the past, but the latest ‘DMCA Bloodbath’ has been the biggest one yet. Hundreds of partnered streamers have been forced to take down and delete years worth of content, and it’s sparked a lot of outrage from streamers and viewers alike.

Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek mulled over the issue in his latest stream, and he came to the conclusion that streamers didn’t play their cards right. He believes they should have taken a “united front” on the issue and “hurt themselves” by not doing it sooner.

Shroud Twitch DMCA Unite
Twitch: shroud
Shroud believes Twitch streamers needed to be on a “united front” to tackle the DMCA crackdown.

The first point shroud made was that, even if streamers obtained a license to skirt around the DMCA issues and play music on their stream, it wouldn’t solve the issue. 

“If I was to get a license to play music on my stream, Twitch would not know,” he said. “Therefore, their Twitch music… algorithm that mutes VODs would still mute my VOD even though… I legally can do it.”

“So even getting a license right now doesn’t matter,” he added. “Because… you’re still going to get cucked.”

Shroud went on to describe the whole situation as “strange” because playing in silence for a moment.  Then, he had another flurry of thoughts, which brought him to his final point that streamers should have been more united.

“If we as streamers took a united front and we didn’t just make rational f**king decisions and just start deleting sh*t, we actually could have won,” he said. “But now we hurt ourselves, so that sucks, but it is what it is. We folded. We’re a bunch of bi*ches.”

Shroud is referring to the fact that practically every streamer has been outraged by the decision. However, they ultimately succumbed to Twitch’s demands and deleted their VODS to avoid potential issues.

Many people will believe his frustration is warranted. However, at the same time, nobody can really blame other streamers for adhering to Twitch’s demands. After all, their livelihood depends on it.

The key takeaway, however, is that streamers could take shroud’s opinion on board in the future. If anything, partnered streamers are all pillars in the community. It couldn’t hurt for them to unite on matters when they really have to.

At the end of the day, workers in the ‘real world’ have associations, bodies, and unions to support them. So why should it be any different for streamers?