PewDiePie almost quits Minecraft series after his base catches fire

Published: 8/Dec/2019 22:17

by Brent Koepp


YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg was devastated when his Minecraft house went up in flames, and “almost quit” the sandbox title.

PewDiePie turned the gaming industry on its head when he launched his wildly successful Minecraft series in June, and was even credited for making it the number one most viewed game on the video hosting platform in 2019.

However, the Swedish star was thrown into a crisis during his December 8th upload, when his in-game house unexpectedly caught on fire, and had him scrambling to save all of his work.

Instagram: @pewdiepie
Instagram: @pewdiepie
The YouTuber passed over 102 million followers on his channel in 2019.

PewDiePie’s Mincraft house catches fire

The YouTube star’s latest episode titled ‘Minecraft Disaster Happened. *almost quit*’ quickly opened up with him discovering that his in game house had mysteriously caught on fire.

“Oh my god! Sven!” he yelled after entering the burning building. He then dropped below to see large portions of his wooden structure on fire. “Oh god, how did this happen!? Oh nooo! Stop it!”

The Swede then ran around the room using his axe to destroy the blocks of wood that had been on fire.  “Not the red stove!” he screamed, as his iconic cooking area was now engulfed in flames.

YouTube: PewDiePiePewds was in shock when he discovered his house was in flames.

The culprit? Turns out lava that was deep under his base had risen up, which he discovered when dropping to the lower level. “Oh my god it burned from bottom ground to up!” he exclaimed.

“I need water. Why didn’t I go for water?!” Pewds shouted as it began spread further. A scary moment came when his loyal dog Sven also caught on fire, and the YouTuber screamed as he threw water on his canine to save him.

He eventually was able to put the fires out, but massive damage had been done. “This is worse than when my house got robbed!” he said, referencing his real-life house in Japan recently being broken into in November.

(Timestamp 00:21 for mobile users.)

While significant damage had been done to the ‘Broland’ based structure, he was able to rebuild his house after two hours, and made some pretty amazing additions to it such as an elevator.

Despite the major setback, PewDiePie pushed forward, and doesn’t seem to have any plans on quitting Minecraft anytime soon, although a fire that damaging would make most players consider it.


PewDiePie faces backlash from VTuber community after revealing his avatar

Published: 26/Jan/2021 12:16

by Calum Patterson


The most popular individual YouTube creator, Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg, has jumped on the VTuber trend, replacing his real self with a digital avatar on screen. Although his fans mostly welcomed the change, it has sparked controversy with the VTuber ‘subculture’ at large.

What is VTubing?

Simply replace the ‘You’ in YouTube with ‘Virtual’ and you have VTube — virtual versions of real people. It’s a trend that grew enormously in popularity in 2020, both on YouTube on Twitch livestreaming, with big names like Pokimane creating their own avatars.

For the more dedicated, creators’ entire online presence is through a virtual avatar, with fans rarely, if ever, seeing the person behind it all. Returning to YouTube in January 2021 after a long break, PewDiePie announced that he would be dropping his facecam in favor of an avatar.

Pokimane stands beside her own digital anime avatar.
Instagram/Twitch: Pokimane
Pokimane’s VTUber avatar.

PewDiePie’s VTubing sparks controversy

Perhaps unexpected by PewDiePie, his decision has drawn ire from the VTube community. Some argue that PewDiePie starting VTubing will be negative for smaller VTuber creators, claiming that his audience is “edgy” and could be hateful towards others.

The overriding message on social media, as PewDiePie began trending on Twitter, was that his fanbase would be toxic, and not understand the nuances of VTuber culture.

However, others argued that this was unfair, and that there was little harm to come from PewDiePie’s VTuber attempts.

A Twitter account called ‘VTuber fan cringe’ (make of that what you will) called the backlash against PewDiePie “collective derangement.”

VTuberUprising trends

In an effort to quell the debate, Twitter account ‘VTuber Positivity’ started a hashtag to spread a more positive message.

“Please don’t use #VTuberUprising to incite hate against anyone or use it to call out Pewdiepie,” their message read. “What we did was big as it brings eyes towards our community, we are celebrating the new eyes towards us, not pewds.”

The hashtag ‘VTuberUprising‘ quickly began to spread across Twitter, and the platform described the trend as “Virtual streamers, also known as VTubers, have planned an online ‘uprising’ celebrating their community.”

Fans shared their favorite VTuber art and memes, and the positivity was mostly successful at overriding the controversy about PewDiePie’s latest video.

Whether Kjellberg plans to continue to use his avatar for all future videos or not remains to be seen. He may already have other plans for his next video.