PewDiePie 1st YouTube channel to gain 90mn subscribers, T-Series 2nd
Pewdiepie is in a desperate battle to stay afloat as YouTube’s most popular channel. Earlier today he was forced of his pedestal and into second spot behind T-Series, a Bollywood production company.
This marked the first time in six years the Swedish phenom had not been atop the YouTube mountain and was swiftly rectified following a push from his dedicated fans to regain top spot.
Both channels boast approximately 90 million subscribers, but T-Series gained a narrow lead before again being leapfrogged.
At the time of writing, the Swedish native who lives in Brighton, has 89,981,955 subscribers, and T-series has 89,981,402 subscribers.
Kjellberg, who has nearly 90 million subscribers, shot to fame recording video game playthroughs with hilarious commentary.
The usurping of Pewdiepie, real name Felix Kjellbergone, was expected for October last year but his devoted fans continued to keep him in the number one spot.
Pewdiepie, as with many influencers on the video platform, has not been without controversy during his reign.
In January hackers seized control of more than 70,000 ChromeCast devices and beamed a one minute long video of PewDiePie to the screens of their unsuspecting victims.
The attack exploited a weakness in internet router settings which makes connected devices, such as Chromecasts, publicly viewable on the internet.
The two hackers, who call themselves HackerGiraffe and j3ws3r, displayed a message on affected TV screens telling users their device had been taken over.
He was also referenced in a video of a mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand.
The Australian terrorist who live-streamed a mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand told his viewers to ‘subscribe to PewDiePie’ before launching his attack.
A video shot by the gunman, who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant from Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, shows him mentioning the Swedish YouTube star moments before the massacre at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch.