One Swedish gamer has over 24 million subscribers on YouTube

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg’s PewDiePie YouTube channel scored 23 million subscribers on February 16, 2014. Just 13 days later on March 1, 2014 it crossed the 24-million-subscribers mark. The 24-year-old Swedish gamer’s YouTube home for his collection of Let’s Play videos and the occasional personal vlog has consistently grown its subscriber base by one million views every two or so weeks for the past three or so months. 

If anything is going to roll up 2014, the internet and video games together in one single fact, this has got to be it.P Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, one of the most well-known “Let’s Play” gamers on the planet, now has over 25 million subscribers (he’s doubled his tally in just a year). Compare that to Justin Bieber, with 8 million, or Rihanna, with 12. OK, so while a tally of YouTube subscribers has always been as vaporous a metric for success/popularity as Twitter followers (most YouTubers begging for you to click subscribe even if it means you never watch another of their videos ever again), there’s little doubting the commercial reality of PewDiePie’s status: a media analysis company estimates, based on his video views, that he makes between $130,000 and over $1 million a month from ad revenue.

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