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PewDiePie propels Minecraft to top spot of 2019 YouTube games

Published: 8/Dec/2019 10:13

by Scott Robertson


After a noticeable absence in the 2018 Rewind, YouTube gave special notice to one of its greatest creators in PewDiePie in this year’s version and focused on how his return to Minecraft helped propel the game to the top of the YouTube charts.

YouTube were very forthcoming about the backlash towards the 2018 Rewind. In announcing the 2019 iteration of the yearly look-back video, they acknowledged how they dropped the ball last year with a compilation of negative reactions to the video.

This year, they made the easy decision of dedicating the Rewind to the biggest creators and creations of the calendar year on YouTube. They made two mentions of widely popular YouTuber PewDiePie. First, his widely covered sub war with the T-series channel, and his impactful Minecraft series.

YouTube: PewDiePie
YouTube: PewDiePie
PewDiePie rides into battle.

But how impactful could a Minecraft YouTuber series can be, even from a big name like PewDiePie? Well according to YouTube themselves, he was pivotal in pushing Minecraft forward into a landmark year in what’s been an iconic decade for the game.

On their Rewind section, YouTube said the game’s increased viewership went hand-in-hand with Felix’s decision to return to Minecraft in June of this year. This began with the aptly named Minecraft Part 1, which generated over 34 million views and over 2 million likes all on its own.

That video was one of three this year to crack into the personal top 25 videos of PewDiePie in all-time viewership, behind the unboxing video of his 100 million subscriber award, and his own version of the infamous 2018 YouTube Rewind.

Felix’s Minecraft journey has taken many twists and turns. In the half a year since he started playing, he’s done 12-hour streams, collaborated with Jack Black and Jacksepticeye, battled monsters, boosted Mr. Beast’s tree-planting charity, and even made a music video that of course went viral.

According to the YouTube Rewind 2019 video itself, Minecraft in total cracked 100 billion views for the year. Fortnite and GTA 5 trailed it with 60.9 billion views and 36.9 billion, respectively. 

While PewDiePie was certainly not responsible for all of those views, YouTube did denote that the amount of Minecraft uploads increased after he began its series.

After a landmark year to end the decade, Mojang (the game’s developer) will look to expand Minecraft’s horizons next year with the release of their co-op adventure game: Minecraft Dungeons.


PewDiePie hits out at company over KSI Meme Review copyright claim

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:25

by Brent Koepp


Popular YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg was stunned after a company copyright claimed his Meme Review with JJ ‘KSI’ Olatunji. The Swede lost all the revenue for the upload due to their awful performance of “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. 

On November 22, PewDiePie teamed up with fellow YouTube star KSI for an epic Meme Review. The duo tackled everything from British culture to Olatunji’s boxing match with Logan Paul.

Kjellberg later revealed on Instagram that the popular video had been copyright claimed by a company. The personality called the move “bulls**t” after the corporation took all the revenue over their Titanic joke.

Screenshot of YouTubers PewDiePie and KSI playing instruments.
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The YouTubers’ awful performance of My Heart Will Go On got the video claimed for copyright.

PewDiePie & KSI’s Meme Review copyright claimed

PewDiePie’s Meme Review with KSI was a major hit on the platform, pulling in over 7.3 million views in just a few days. Fans of both YouTube creators were treated to a hilarious collaboration. However, the duo’s “attempt” to perform My Heart Will Go On on a flute and alpine horn caused the video to get claimed.

Kjellberg revealed the issue on his Instagram story on November 25. “So I got a claim on my KSI video. At the end, we played My Heart Will Go On,” he said, before playing a clip of their awful performance to demonstrate how absurd the claim was. “It’s too similar!” he joked.

It turns out the YouTuber had appealed the claim, but was denied. “So I appealed it, because its bulls**t why, and they rejected it! This is actually infringing on copyright according to this company!” he exclaimed, before breaking into laughter.

The 31-year-old explained that the company was now going to get 100% of the money made off the popular upload. “So all the revenue now goes to this company for the entire video. Like, what? Yeah, I just thought it was bulls**t, I don’t even know.”

The whole scenario is made all the more ridiculous when you consider that the Titanic joke was only a few seconds in a 26 minute upload. The fact that the company now gets to own the entire video is a good example how YouTube’s content ID system can sometimes be flawed.