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PewDiePie weighs in on Ninja vs Jacksepticeye YouTube subscriber battle

Published: 10/Mar/2019 16:05 Updated: 10/Mar/2019 16:24

by Joe Craven

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The world’s biggest YouTuber, Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg, has given his thoughts on the subscriber ‘battle’ between Twitch star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins and YouTube heavyweight Sean ‘Jacksepticeye’ McLoughlin.

Since the release of Fortnite in July 2017, and the global interest in Epic Games‘ free-to-play battle royale mode, Ninja has seen his social following grow exponentially, to the point where he was the most subscribed to Twitch streamer ever, with an incredible 269,000 subscribers.

According to statistics provided by social media monitoring site SocialBlade, in August 2016 Ninja acquired 432 new YouTube subscribers, compared to the 3.48 million he acquired over March 2018.

Twitch/NinjaNinja has recently been streaming from various European countries, such as Austria and Poland.

The rapid growth of Ninja’s YouTube channel contrasts to that of Jackspeticeye, who has been a staple name on the online video platform for upwards of 10 years, uploading over 4,000 videos since his channel was created in 2007.

Ninja had been closing in on Jacksepticeye’s sub-count for a while, and it appears he’s finally overtaken the Irish gamer. As of 3:00pm GMT on March 10, Ninja sits at 21,681,190, while Jacksepticeye sits at 21,676,373, putting the Fortnite superstar at about 5,000 subs ahead.

This prompted PewDiePie to tweet a response, asking “How can this be? That’s impossible”, with a screenshot of the two content creators’ subscriber counts on top of a ‘meme’ of Spiderman crying.

It’s possible that PewDiePie is genuinely surprised by Ninja’s incredible growth, or it could be that the whole thing is something of a parody of PewDiePie’s own, very public subscriber battle with Bollywood label T-Series. 

Jacksepticeye responded humorously, stating that he’s “on my way to the ranch”, in reference to an in-joke between PewDiePie and his subscribers, regarding the popular American talk show ‘Dr. Phil’ – where troublesome children are sent to ‘the ranch’.

YouTube/PewDiePiePewDiePie sits at over 88,735,000 subscribers on YouTube.

Despite being overtaken by Ninja, it is unlikely Jacksepticeye is unhappy with his subscriber count, given that he remains the 70th most subscribed to YouTube account in the world.

He is undoubtedly an incredibly popular internet personality, with Twitter users responding to Ninja’s overtake with “feelsbadman” and “how did we allow this to happen”.

Are there any more twists to come in the second most interesting subscriber battle on YouTube at the moment?

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PewDiePie finally responds to YouTube “shadowban” glitch

Published: 26/Oct/2020 20:32

by Brent Koepp

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On October 26, Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg responded to a glitch that omitted his YouTube channel from searches a few days before. The bug sparked widespread speculation that he had been “shadowbanned” by Google.

The YouTube community was rocked on October 19 when rumors began to spread that the platform’s largest content creator, PewDiePie, had been shadowbanned. However, it was quickly clarified to be a bug and his account was fixed.

The Swede addressed the drama in his first video back since the glitch. While the star believed that people were too quick to jump to conclusions about him being banned, he did have questions for Google as to why his channel was the only one affected.

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The YouTuber reacted to fans joking about the “shadowban” glitch.

PewDiePie responds to YouTube after “shadowban” glitch

Fans of the personality became concerned on October 19 when his channel disappeared from searches on YouTube. His latest video tanked in views as no one could see it without a direct link. Google then released a statement and said it was an error before fixing his channel hours later.

Responding to the incident, Pewds revealed that he didn’t think he was shadowbanned as his account had been having issues for days. “People started noticing my video wasn’t getting any views. And it just went everywhere. There was a bunch of news for it!” he said, before he joked, “Shadow ban! They creep from the shadows and they ban you!”

Despite not being overly concerned, Kjellberg did find it peculiar that it mainly impacted his channel and nobody else’s. “I didn’t think they shadowbanned me, I just assumed it was a glitch. But it begs the question, how does that happen? How did it happen? It didn’t happen to anyone else. I asked around.”

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The popular entertainer later joked about YouTube trying to explain the glitch, after reacting to a fan submission on Reddit. “We shadowbanned our biggest creator! Yeah, yeah it was weird. It was weird, what in the world,” he said.

To add salt to the wound, Pewds celebrated his birthday on October 24, but instead of well wishes from fans, his subreddit was flooded with users concerned that he had been shadowbanned by Google. It should also be stated there is no confirmation that the company even does bans in this manner.

At the time of writing, the star’s account is back to normal, and his uploads are getting millions of views again. If nothing else, the incident shows just how many people love the 31-year-old entertainer. Viewers were quick to rally together for the content creator – further proof that Kjellberg is the king of the platform.