YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg is in the midst of a fierce battle with Bollywood label T-Series to secure the most subscribers on the platform – and their numbers are quickly growing closer and closer.
In a last-ditch attempt to thwart his nemesis, PewDiePie went live with a broadcast of the classic ‘Cool Math Games’ genre on February 22 – as his lead over T-Series narrowed to less than 9,000 subs.
As if showcasing his epic gaming skills wasn’t enough, he went on to playfully threaten the label with a sword, implying that he would stab the company in the knee due to their feud.
In the hour after Pewd’s stream went live, the subscriber gap between the two channels grew to over 14,000 subs – much like his stream of popular sandbox title Minecraft just five days prior.
This isn’t the first time PewDiePie has had to pull out all the stops to gain the upper hand over T-Series; the YouTuber went live with ‘Fortnite’ on February 3, unintentionally becoming the game’s most popular streamer in the process.
While Pewds managed to hit 83 million subs due to his Fortnite stream, he later broadcasted well-known children’s game Roblox as the gap decreased once more – which resulted in a surprising ban against the player for using the word ‘Pewdie’ in his username.
PewDiePie has received help from a slew of popular YouTubers in his fight with T-Series, with some purchasing massive billboards in Time Square and even advertising his channel at the 2019 Super Bowl.
Although T-Series was originally projected to surpass PewDiePie in early January of 2019, it looks like YouTube’s king is managing to fend off the label, thanks to the combined efforts of fellow YouTubers and die-hard fans, alike.