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PewDiePie has already smashed another huge YouTube milestone

Published: 6/Sep/2019 14:23 Updated: 8/Sep/2019 8:57

by David Purcell

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YouTube king Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has sensationally broken yet another milestone on the content sharing platform, despite being on vacation the entire time since his last landmark. 

The popular internet personality quietly tied the knot with fiance Marzia Bisognin in August and has been hardly active ever since, only chiming in with a vlog or two on his YouTube channel while enjoying his honeymoon in Bali. 

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During that time, however, PewDiePie has gone one better than being the only person to build a YouTube channel with over 100 million subscribers, after quickly hiking up to 101 million. 

PewDiePie, InstagramPewDiePie’s enjoyed incredible success with YouTube subscribers, despite being on vacation.

The jump in subscribers has taken PewDiePie less than a month. In fact, in the last 30 days, from August 10 to September 8, he has gained over 2 million subscribers.

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Unfortunately, though, he’s now fallen off the tail of rival channel T-Series – who have 111,000,000 subscribers at the time of writing. 

T-Series’ growth has been even more impressive but considering it’s a full-blown production company vs PewDiePie and his one editor, it’s not exactly a fair fight.

Social BladePewDiePie gained over 2m subs in August, but his best month was over 6m in December 2018.

The YouTuber sparked what has been an incredible resurgence of players going back to Minecraft after leading the way with his very own in-game series. 

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His collection of videos have continually gone viral, whether it be building up an army of pigs, snowmen, or even tackling the Ender Dragon in an epic encounter, he’s created must-see content on a consistent basis and is reaping the rewards. 

YouTube: PewDiePiePewDiePie has been absolutely killing it on Minecraft, attracting millions of viewers per YouTube video.

Fans of the Swede will be wondering whether or not he will continue the Minecraft journey when he returns to creating YouTube videos, following the honeymoon, but he seems to be doing just fine even when he’s not uploading.

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Twitch staff accused of tricking streamers into promoting brands

Published: 7/Oct/2020 21:28

by Alan Bernal

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Twitch streamers are speaking out against the broadcasting platform for attempting to promote brands within individual chats. Content creators are slamming the practice, especially since they have no control of removing the adverts from their channel.

One longtime YouTuber and Twitch streamer who goes by ‘The Black Hokage’ noticed a staffer had dropped a message in his Chat. The purpose of the text, sent by ‘newcryka,’ was to have the streamer acknowledge the listed brand with 400 Bits attached to the post.

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He immediately took issue with the move: “Yo, are you promoting something?… You got a Twitch staff symbol next to your name, are you promoting sh*t in my Chat?”

After posting the interaction on Twitter, more streamers slammed the apparent unsolicited advertisement from the streaming platform.

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“Creators beware! Twitch staff is now going around donating spare change in an attempt to trick you into shouting out brands without proper compensation. Don’t fall for it,” The Black Hokage said.

Twitch partner and viral streamer ‘negaoryx’ responded: “Which is great, because we can’t moderate anything said by Twitch staff in chat, so we can’t even purge it… great…”

There is a function that lets people ‘/Clear’ their channels messaging log, which lets “broadcasters and chat moderators to completely wipe the previous chat history.” This feature doesn’t apply to messages from Twitch staff accounts.

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However the means, content creators and the wider Twitch community got an indication that the streaming platform could experience more intrusive marketing campaigns.

Some believe that The Black Hokage’s clip could have been a Twitch advertisement staff member testing out a new form of social engagement tactics meant for branding – and the thought isn’t unfounded.

In early August, an outside company released how its latest marketing scheme made use of Twitch’s donation alerts to get a branded sound bite played on a streamer’s channel. Their video showed multiple instances of a Twitch account surprising streamers by donating $5 to get a brand’s name and current offerings played on their page.

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The idea was immediately chastised for its way of engaging in promotion and sponsorship for a company without consulting or locking a paid deal with the individual streamer. However, despite inevitable backlash, advertisers are still trying out new methods of outreach.

The Amazon-owned streaming site has been incorporating more ways to engage audiences with branding promotions and advertisements.

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Amazon solutions for ads have directly integrated Twitch channels and streamers in the past.

“Twitch video and display media, as well as new Twitch audiences, are now available for inclusion in Amazon Advertising campaigns, and Amazon audiences are available for inclusion in Twitch campaigns,” Amazon wrote. “We’re delighted to share that we are combining Twitch’s hard-to-reach and highly engaged audiences with Amazon Advertising’s integrated full-funnel advertising offering.

Days after Amazon announced it had added Twitch to its Amazon Advertising portfolio, the streaming site announced it was testing out mid-roll ads for channels. This too was vehemently criticized by everyone from Twitch streamers to viewers, and the idea was later abandoned.

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Twitch has been experimenting with new ad campaigns that have drawn ire from viewers and streamers.

A feature that hasn’t gone back to the drawing board has been the picture-in-picture mode for ads that minimizes and mutes the main stream while playing a fullscreened promotion. This too was received with angst from viewers.

Twitch’s latest attempt at finding a more engaging way to introduce ads to its reported 17.5 million daily users has, again, created ire from its partnered content creators.

As Amazon and Twitch continue to create advertising solutions for its highly-valuable and impressionable audiences, the platform’s streamers will be on the lookout for more marketing tactics that look to benefit off of their communities.