PewDiePie signs exclusive streaming deal with YouTube Gaming

Published: 4/May/2020 17:43 Updated: 4/May/2020 21:24

by Brent Koepp


YouTube Gaming announced on May 4 that their number one subscribed content creator Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has signed a deal to exclusively stream on their platform.

It’s been close to over 10 years since PewDiePie first launched his YouTube channel, and the entertainer is known today as the most subscribed individual content creator on the platform.

However in a surprise announcement, the Swede has revealed that he has signed a deal to stream exclusively with YouTube Gaming – and has big plans for live content in 2020.

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PewDiePie signs exclusive streaming deal with YouTube

While PewDiePie got his start making Lets Plays for games like Call of Duty and Amnesia: The Dark Descent, in recent years the star has been known for his reaction style content such as his popular Meme Review segment.

However, the Swede went back to his roots in 2019 when he launched his wildly successful Minecraft series that became a cultural phenomena. And now it looks like the YouTuber is going to continue to make gaming content through live streaming.

“YouTube has been my home for over a decade now and live streaming on the platform feels like a natural fit as I continue to look for new ways to create content and interact with fans worldwide,” he explained in a press release. “Live streaming is something I’m focusing a lot on in 2020 and beyond, so to be able to partner with YouTube and be at the forefront of new product features is special and exciting for the future.”

Instagram: @pewdiepieThe Swedish star signed an exclusive streaming deal with YouTube.

The content creator will be leaving behind his old streaming platform DLive, which he partnered up with in April 2019. However given his subscriber count of over 104 million on YouTube, the collaboration brings him closer to his viewers.

At the beginning of February, the creator hinted at his future plans for the channel. “I’m working on bigger projects as well. There is definitely some changes I will have to do with the channel, but I’ll do them gradually,” he explained at the time.

The move also comes on the heels of the platform signing other streaming stars such as 100 Thieves Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, and Rachell ‘Valkyrae’ Hofstetter. Securing the Swedish king no doubt makes them a legitimate contender to rival livestreaming service Twitch.

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PewDiePie took YouTube by storm in 2019 with the launch of his Minecraft series.

Fans of the YouTuber have been loving his return to gaming, so much so that even his accidental upload of a Call of Duty video he created in 2010 racked up over 4 millions views.

PewDiePie had a monumental year in 2019, launching his Minecraft series, breaking his 100 million subscriber milestone, and marrying his best friend Marzia. With the Swede tackling streaming in 2020, fans have a lot to be excited for.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.