Update: The joke’s on the internet. PewDiePie deleted a different channel.
Original story: PewDiePie is YouTube’s biggest channel. At the time of drafting this post, his subscriber count is 49,711,635. When he hits 50 million subscribers, he’ll be the first YouTuber to ever attain the mark.
What’s he going to do with all those subs? Lose them. Instantly. PewDiePie posted a video saying that he will delete his channel as soon as it hits 50 million subscribers. The clip might be gone by the time you catch this post, but here it is.
“I will delete my channel once PewDiePie hits 50 million. I think it’s gonna be pretty fun, I’m excited to delete my channel and start fresh with a new shitty channel probably. I won’t quit YouTube, I’ll just delete the channel.”
Why is PewDiePie deleting his YouTube channel?
It boils down to a few reasons. He’s frustrated with YouTube’s apparent inability to effectively communicate changes. He’s frustrated that the site has essentially ruined subscriptions by making subscribers sign up for notifications. He’s also upset that his videos are seeing supremely low view counts, at least when compared to previous success.
So, the plan is to delete PewDiePie, shed the dead weight and start a new channel. Here he is on Twitter.
if im pulling 2mil views per video with 50mil subs id rather restart and get rid of inactive accounts and piss people off in the process thx
— pewdiepie (@pewdiepie) December 2, 2016
I can’t even pretend to relate to his frustration, but it’s evident that it’s there. Certainly, PewDiePie won’t stop making content, so I don’t think fans have anything to be upset about.
We’ll see where this goes.