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PewDiePie stunned over YouTube channel that could pass him & T-Series

Published: 2/Jun/2020 0:17 Updated: 2/Jun/2020 12:48

by Brent Koepp

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Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg was shocked when he learned about a new YouTube channel that is gaining subscribers at an unprecedented rate. The Swede jokingly called on T-Series to “join forces” with him to stop the popular kid’s program.

PewDiePie is the top individual content creator on YouTube with 105 million subscribers, although in 2019, T-Series infamously passed him in total numbers after an epic showdown between the two.

However during his latest upload, the Swedish star jokingly called for “peace” with the India-based corporation, after discovering a channel could pass both of them within the next twelve months.

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The Swedish star was floored by the YouTube channel’s insane numbers.

PewDiePie stunned by new channel

The YouTuber reacted to a channel called ‘Cocomelon’ during his latest upload. The program is for kids, and has been pulling in billions of views on their videos. The star was floored by the insane numbers.

“Jesus Christ! 69 million views a day!? And it’s a kids channel!” he exclaimed. Although he actually found it impressive and congratulated them.”Actually, that’s pretty good, Cocomelon. Good job. Good job.”

After learning that the channel will pass him at their current rate of growth, he asked T-Series for help. “T-Series, peace!” he said extending his hand out. “We need to join forces to defeat this evil! They are gonna take over both of us, unless we join forces,” he joked.

The YouTuber then hilariously envisioned a collaboration between the two. “Indian nursery rhymes, with a little sprinkle of PewDiePie. We’ll be unstoppable!” he laughed. “To put into perspective, they manage to get more views in ten videos than the population of the earth.”

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The Swede was, of course, messing around, and cracked a joke about already having lost to T-Series in the past. “I feel like I’m doing the same thing here, making dumb unironic jokes against a company. But we’ve already seen how that went, so I’m not going down that road again.”

Despite the possibility of PewDiePie and T-Series being surpassed by the end of the year, the creator’s insane number of views and subs to his channel is still impressive – considering he’s just one individual.

In May, the star announced he had signed a major deal with YouTube to stream exclusively on their platform. So far, his live broadcasts have been a big hit, as fans flock to see which game he tackles next.

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Twitch’s new stream “Boost” feature raises concern for smaller channels

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:26

by Alan Bernal

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Twitch is rolling out a new feature for eligible channels called “Boost this stream,” with the hopes of giving people an avenue to be featured on “highly visible parts” of the platform. However, there are concerns it’ll be damaging for the smaller streams trying to get noticed.

The new Community Challenge requires viewers to pool their Channel Points to unlock the reward. Streamers will get notified once the challenge is available on their channel, then will relay that to their community to start chipping away at the progress bar.

But there are concerns about its application. It’ll be on Twitch’s discretion for who gets to run the promotion as well as the target number to hit before a channel can be successfully Boosted.

The only hard number guideline with ‘Boost this stream’ is the 2,000 point limit that each user can contribute per day. Since individual streamers don’t know what their Boost target will be, some suggest this will be an easy feature to exploit.

“How is not going to be abused by larger streams with more viewers, and therefore a bigger pool?” one person wrote. “IMO channel points devoted for use with a Community Challenge should be weighted in value depending on viewership.”

Twitch responded saying “the amount of Channel Points required to successfully boost a stream is scaled with the size and viewership of the channel,” though a clear metric of how the cap increases wasn’t made available.

Another issue raised was the way Twitch would consider someone to be a ‘small streamer,’ seeing as they’ll be the likely candidates to receive the chance to get Boosted.

If it’s going by viewer count, then small streamers can be anything from 2-10 average viewers to 100-2000 live watchers per session. If it’s going by follower count or subscriber count, then that has its own implications as well.

But Boost is a wholly experimental feature that has a lot of variables still being workshopped. For example, in the FAQ, Twitch says that everything from what’s considered as a high visibility part of the site to who the feature is available as it rolls out could change.

As the company gets this feature into more users’ hands, expect Twitch to make adjustments depending on how Boost gets received throughout December.