Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie is world-famous for video game live streaming. As an ardent lover of games and gamers, you have probably come across an upbeat gamer dude whose opening phrase is “How’s it going, bros? My name is PewDiePie!” and became curious about him.
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This piece puts a spotlight on PewDiePie’s remarkable journey to becoming the most talked-about live streaming channel on YouTube and a globally acclaimed vlogger, among other achievements.
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg was born on the 24th of October,1989 to Ulf and Kristine Kjellberg in the city of Gothenburg on the Swedish West Coast. He had a somewhat normal childhood growing up with his older sister Fanny. As a child, he took up interests in art and of course, video games. He would often combine his two passions by drawing pictures of notable Gaming characters like Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario.
After high school, Kjellberg gained admission into the Chalmers University of Technology in his home city of Gothenburg to study Industrial Economics and Technology. However, his time in the institution was cut short, albeit by his own volition, as he left the University in 2011.
He described his reason for leaving as due to a lack of interest in his course of study and not to start a YouTube career as many belief. He actually created his now sensational YouTube channel on the 29th of April 2010 before leaving university.
Interestingly, this wasn’t his first channel. In December 2006, four years before the creation of his current main channel, was when he created his first-ever channel on YouTube. He named the channel “PewDie;” pew being a pun to describe the sound lasers make and die for dying. He ultimately forgot the password to this account and had to make a new one.
At the start of his YouTube journey, the capital available was understandably low as his parents refused to finance his new project. To fund his videos, Kjellberg worked as a captain of a harbor, sold some of his Photoshop artworks; a skill he’d acquired a few years earlier, and worked hotdog stands.
His videos at the time were generally of the same type; he’d play horror and action games while providing commentary on his gameplay. Minecraft, Call of Duty, and most especially Amnesia: The Dark Descent, were his titles of choice. This style of video, although fairly common in recent times, was almost unheard of back in the day. For starters, there were more or less no big gaming channels in existence, and Kjellberg recalled how weird it was for him, sitting alone in his room and talking into a microphone. The oldest video currently available for viewing on his channel is titled ‘Minecraft Multiplayer Fun’ and it was uploaded on the 2nd of October 2010.
As a result of his hard work and the general likeability of his videos, his channel skyrocketed in popularity. At the end of 2011, he’d gotten to 60,000 subscriptions on YouTube. Fast forward to the following year, his channel has already gotten to the one million subscribers mark. By February 2013, he’d hit five million, and ten million by July. The rate at which his channel followership increased was nothing short of phenomenal and has set a pretty high record to be beaten by anyone else in his field.
Listed below are some of the records and awards that PewDiePie holds to his name:
- Most Subscribed to channel on YouTube (15/08/13)
- First channel to 15 million subscribers (01/11/13)
- 2013 StarCount Social Star award for Most popular Social Show and Sweden Social Star
- #Gaming award at the 5th Shorty awards
- 2014 Teens Choice Awards for Webstar: Gaming
- 2014 Golden Joystick Awards for Gaming Personality
- 5th Streamy Awards for Best Gaming Channel, Show, or Series
- 2015 Golden Joystick Awards for Gaming Personality
- First YouTube channel to reach 10 billion views (6/09/15)
- First YouTube channel to 50 million subscribers (8/12/16)
- Most Disliked Video on YouTube from an individual content creator (13th overall) with 5.62 million dislikes
- 2019 Teens Choice Awards for Choice Gamer
PewDiePie, while having earned all it takes to be categorized as a celebrity, has been involved in his fair share of controversies over his career, most notably in the year 2017.
In January, he uploaded a video that featured him using some form of racial slur and as expected, it was greeted with widespread criticism and backlash from the community at large. In another instance, he featured two paid individuals on Fiverr asked to hold up a sign that read “Death to all Jews.”
After the expected backlash, he apologized, saying he meant no disrespect or hate towards the Jewish community, but was only trying to showcase how ‘crazy’ the website was. These events, which weren’t the first time Kjellberg had openly used discriminatory terms, ultimately lead to him losing his deal with the Disney-owned Maker Studios.
Kjellberg’s net worth is just as controversial, as many an individual has attempted to provide an accurate estimate, but there’s just such a wide degree of uncertainty involved. For starters, net worth and income are two very different values. From his YouTube channel alone, it’s estimated that he’s earned between 70 and 115 million dollars in ad revenue since inception.
This is quite a massive range, and the uncertainty of it increases further when you factor in his other sources of income and of course his incurred expenses over the years. In total, Mr. Kjellberg’s net worth currently stands somewhere between 80 and 120 million dollars; 40 million of which is is net worth from live streaming only.
This phenomenal gamer started his career from scratch and has evidently worked his way up the popularity chain from oblivion. In the world of video gaming, PewDiePie is a household name and his influence peaks at his viewership of over 2 billion on YouTube. He has sustained incredible fame momentum since his career streak peaked as a content creator and online gaming sensation.