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PewDiePie reveals why The Last of Us helped him achieve YouTube success

Published: 19/Jun/2020 20:50 Updated: 19/Jun/2020 21:57

by Brent Koepp


During his playthrough of the Last of Us Part 2, YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg opened up to his viewers about how the Naughty Dog franchise helped him become the top individual creator on the platform. 

For a lot of people, PewDiePie has been the face of YouTube and online entertainment for the last decade. Many may know him today for his reaction content like Meme Review and Last Week I Asked You, he originally got his start by playing games.

While playing the wildly anticipated title The Last of Us 2 on June 19, the star reflected back on how the series was a big moment for his channel back in 2013. The Swede explained how the Naughty Dog release was important for his career.

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PewDiePie played The Last Of Us in 2013, and reflected on it during his TLOU Part 2 stream.

PewDiePie on The Last of Us

The YouTuber began his video on the The Last Of Us Part 2 by reflecting on his playthrough of the first title in 2013. The star revealed how it was a big moment for his channel, and that viewers had been asking him for weeks to cover the sequel.

“I love the first game, it was one of the biggest playthroughs I’ve ever done on this channel. I’ve been getting messages for weeks, literally asking me if I’m going to play it. Probably the most anticipated game in a very long time,” he said.

“When I played The Last Of Us for the first time, it was a special time for me. It was just as I was about to become the biggest channel on YouTube,” he continued, before showing a clip of his old video and explaining how the game helped him become the top channel.

“I was neck-on-neck with this other channel. And I was a bit worried about it. I thought I only get one chance at this in my life. I need to deliver. And then this game came out and delivered for me, because it was massive for the channel. Thanks for that!” he said.

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The Swedish entertainer also was reminded of a meme that was created from his TLOU video, where someone made a song out of him not being able to decide between ordering the game online, or going to a GameStop. Laughing, he exclaimed, “It’s funny how seven years later and I still have a crappy internet!”

PewDiePie was, of course, already on track to becoming the biggest channel in 2013, as his subscriber total was growing at an unprecedented rate. But according to the Swede, Naughty Dog’s title had a major impact on his channel’s growth at a pivotal time in his career.

The 30-year-old’s decision to focus heavily on streaming in 2020 has paid off so far, as over 80k viewers have tuned in to watch him play The Last of Us Part 2. In May, he announced he had signed a deal with YouTube to live broadcast exclusively on their platform.


PewDiePie hits out at company over KSI Meme Review copyright claim

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:25

by Brent Koepp


Popular YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg was stunned after a company copyright claimed his Meme Review with JJ ‘KSI’ Olatunji. The Swede lost all the revenue for the upload due to their awful performance of “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. 

On November 22, PewDiePie teamed up with fellow YouTube star KSI for an epic Meme Review. The duo tackled everything from British culture to Olatunji’s boxing match with Logan Paul.

Kjellberg later revealed on Instagram that the popular video had been copyright claimed by a company. The personality called the move “bulls**t” after the corporation took all the revenue over their Titanic joke.

Screenshot of YouTubers PewDiePie and KSI playing instruments.
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The YouTubers’ awful performance of My Heart Will Go On got the video claimed for copyright.

PewDiePie & KSI’s Meme Review copyright claimed

PewDiePie’s Meme Review with KSI was a major hit on the platform, pulling in over 7.3 million views in just a few days. Fans of both YouTube creators were treated to a hilarious collaboration. However, the duo’s “attempt” to perform My Heart Will Go On on a flute and alpine horn caused the video to get claimed.

Kjellberg revealed the issue on his Instagram story on November 25. “So I got a claim on my KSI video. At the end, we played My Heart Will Go On,” he said, before playing a clip of their awful performance to demonstrate how absurd the claim was. “It’s too similar!” he joked.

It turns out the YouTuber had appealed the claim, but was denied. “So I appealed it, because its bulls**t why, and they rejected it! This is actually infringing on copyright according to this company!” he exclaimed, before breaking into laughter.

The 31-year-old explained that the company was now going to get 100% of the money made off the popular upload. “So all the revenue now goes to this company for the entire video. Like, what? Yeah, I just thought it was bulls**t, I don’t even know.”

The whole scenario is made all the more ridiculous when you consider that the Titanic joke was only a few seconds in a 26 minute upload. The fact that the company now gets to own the entire video is a good example how YouTube’s content ID system can sometimes be flawed.