PewDiePie sees insane channel growth thanks to his battle with T-Series - Dexerto

PewDiePie sees insane channel growth thanks to his battle with T-Series

Published: 16/Jan/2019 21:07 Updated: 16/Jan/2019 21:45

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube’s biggest creator, Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg, has seen immense channel growth, with his monthly subscriber count increasing 700% due to his ongoing battle with Bollywood label ‘T-Series.’

According to stats provided by Social Blade, PewDiePie managed to gain more subscribers in the final four months of 2018 than the entirety of 2017, now sitting at over 81 million subs and counting.

As reported by Business Insider, PewDiePie’s channel saw a surge of 13 million subscribers between September and December of 2018 – a huge jump, considering that the YouTube king only managed to score seven million subs throughout the entirety of 2017.

Social Blade / Business InsiderPewDiePie saw a 13.6 million subscriber increase in the final four months of 2018 – a massive jump, considering his comparatively low growth in 2017.

December also saw a 700% subscriber increase for Pewds, who reeled in a whopping 6.62 million subs as opposed to his 855,000 gain in September.

However, despite fans’ efforts to keep PewDiePie above T-Series’ clutches, the Bollywood Label continues to rise in subscribers, now sitting at over 80,700,000 subs as of January 16, 2019.

The battle between the two channels came to light in late August of 2018, when PewDiePie mockingly challenged the company to a physical duel in a video. Since then, other popular YouTubers, internet stars, and celebrities have come out in support of YouTube’s largest independent creator – with some fans even hacking printers and Chromecasts to spread the message.

PewDiePie himself has stated that he “doesn’t care” if T-Series surpasses him. Instead expressing concern that YouTube is shifting toward a more “corporate” business model, due to many YouTubers’ sponsorships and partnerships with various brands.


Twitch bot finds PS5s and Xbox Series Xs in-stock so you don’t have to

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:10

by Michael Gwilliam


A popular new Twitch bot is doing all the legwork to help gamers find out what stores have PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles in stock.

Gamers have been hard-pressed to find a next-gen console for themselves or loved ones as the Christmas season approaches. It seems like almost everywhere is sold out, leaving only scalpers who have been selling units for insane markups.

Now, a new Twitch bot has entered the fray and is helping anyone who can’t keep up with the constant refreshing know when they can get their hands on Sony or Microsoft’s new console.

Viewers can simply go to the Twitch channel and watch live as the bot searches through various sites to find inventory. The bot will actively check through Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more and state whether they’re out of stock or have consoles in.

As a nice little bonus, the channel even says when the last “drop” was. At the time of publishing, the last store to get both consoles in stock was Walmart at 9:30 PM EST on November 25.

Users can also use the !local command to check any store stock near them.

According to Polygon, the channel is run by Cam Ritz and uses a program called streetmerchant that does the monitoring.

The program’s features page state that it “scrapes multiple websites for patterns of being stocked via API and Chromium.”

Ritz claims that so far, the bot has helped viewers actually find consoles – with a few nabbing Series Xs from GameStop and Sam’s Club.

Unfortunately, for most viewers, watching the stream will result in a near-endless red wave of OUT OF STOCK notifications, further cementing just how difficult it is to find a console this year.

As the days continue and the Christmas season approaches, keeping this channel open may be a great tool if you’re actively still looking for a PS5 or Xbox Series X. Or for those who have managed to already snag a console, it can serve as a reminder of just how difficult it can be.