Entertainment

PewDiePie responds to “confusing” reports about his net worth

Published: 4/Jan/2020 20:10

by Brent Koepp

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YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie‘ Kjellberg responded to media reports this week about his insane net worth, disputing them as “confusing” and “overvaluing” him.

PewDiePie is having one hell of a year, reaching 102 million subscribers on his YouTube account, and launching his wildly successful Minecraft series in June which propelled him to the most watched channel on the platform.

During a Q&A on December 29, the Swede was asked about his net worth, which he said was bigger then Forbes’ $13 million valuation. However, the popular entertainer was left “confused” by financial reports this week by media outlets like The Sun, and is disputing them.

Instagram: @pewdiepieThe Swedish YouTuber has over 102 million subscribers on his channel.

PewDiePie disputes “confusing” reports

In his August 28 update vlog, Pewds admitted that his Minecraft series had given him “epic” ad revenue this year, and said, “I feel like I’m finally earning what people think I’m making out of YouTube videos.”

However, a recent a report by British news outlet The Sun that cited a study from OnBuy claimed the YouTuber made an astonishing £54 million in 2019 – something which the Swede disputed in his January 5th upload of PewNews.

“But then The Sun was like, “Okay, alright then, we overvalue you £54 million!”,” he said. “In 2019 apparently I made £54 million, guys. It’s just so crazy. I get that people want to know the exact number, so they are just going to make up a bunch of stuff.”

YouTube: PewDiePiePewDiePie says reports on his net worth “make no sense.”

The YouTube star then criticized the British outlet’s graph on his wealth. “This makes no sense. It says January I made £5.8 million, but it says in December I made £2.9.  It should be the opposite because December is at least three or four times January!” he explained.

“I’m so confused!” Pewds exclaimed. He then hit out at the report since it cited a study by OnBuy that links to nothing. “This is based on a study. This research was carried out by online marketplace OnBuy. What is that?! They just link to the website. I try to find the study, I can not find it!”

Felix then ended the segment thanking The Sun for at least not “undervaluing” him, although he clearly disputes the reports, saying they make no sense.

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PewDiePie has argued in the past that the media started to undervalue him on financial lists after several of his controversies. But now it seems they are now over-reporting what he made in 2019, according to the Swede.

Regardless of what his actual net worth is, the YouTuber has gone on record saying “it doesn’t matter,” and that it’s not something he cares about – he just laughs at it.

Overwatch

Former Overwatch pro Ryuhejong suspended from Gen.G following Twitch drama

Published: 19/Jan/2021 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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Former Overwatch League star Jehong ‘Ryujehong’ Ryu has been suspended from the Gen.G organization after reportedly making sexist comments on stream.

Widely regarded as one of the best Ana and flex support players around, Ryujehong is a familiar name to any Overwatch esports fan. He was one of the most popular players in OWL before stepping away from the competitive scene after the Vancouver Titans nuked their roster back in May 2020.

On January 11, 2021, Gen.G announced that RJH would be joining their org as a content creator, which makes sense, as he was a figurehead for the org’s Seoul Dynasty squad during the League’s first two seasons.

Following what was a very short honeymoon period, the Korean-based org has now suspended Ryu for sexist comments he made on stream that quickly caught the attention of social media, as you can see below:

On January 16, Jehong streamed alongside a female streamer named Haegi, and reportedly made a number of sexist comments towards her multiple times, and even called her out for interrupting him, claiming that women shouldn’t interrupt men.

Since the stream happened the VOD has been deleted, but this is the internet, and the comments were quickly translated into English, kicking off the storm of social media backlash.

On January 19, Gen.G’s Chief Operating Officer Arnold Hur announced that the org was suspending Ryujehong “indefinitely” due to his on stream-comments.

“I’m personally very disappointed in the language used during the stream by Jehong. He was wrong, and I find it uncharacteristic of the person I knew who has always been a considerate, kind-hearted teammate,” Hur wrote. “Our belief is that whether you are a player or streamer, anybody with a platform should understand the responsibility of the higher standards that come with it. As such, we have suspended all of Jehong’s team-related activities indefinitely.”

Like Hur mentioned, Jehong did put out an apology of his own after the firestorm started, where he apologized for what he said, and promised to watch how he speaks in the future, but added he won’t be censoring himself either, according to a translation provided by @hannahhycho on Twitter.

“I am trying to move my streams towards the streamer Ryujehong. I know there are many people who used to watch my old streams who are struggling to adjust to the chat and are confused by the fact I will be using ‘streamer memes’ but I hope you can understand,” RJH wrote, according to the translation. “From now on, I will listen to feedback for my streams and chat to develop them further… I saw some messages from people who aren’t my fans and I want to tell them to stop fanning the flames.”

Just in case there weren’t enough wrinkles to this story, Haegi, the female streamer who was broadcasting with Ryujehong when the incident took place, has come out and defended him according to translations by Reddit user Great-Reno, saying they were bantering back and forth and what happened wasn’t what it seemed.

“Why RJH gets all the blame when I made sexist jokes with him either? This is a bit undeserved,” Haegi said in a YouTube video posted after the outrage began, according to the translation. “I’m cool with it. Why does it matter when the person involved with the matter feels okay? I don’t see why people get offended by this. Live in comfort please.”

Opinion from the female streamer that RJH was with from Competitiveoverwatch

Now, even if it just was some friendly banter back and forth, the kind of language Ryujehong apparently used just doesn’t fly when you’re signed to a major esports org like Gen.G, and is also a huge disappointment to the greater Overwatch community who saw him as a role model, and just a genuine, stand-up dude.

It remains to be seen when or if RJH will return from his suspension to being an active member of Gen.G.