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When Did PewDiePie Reach 100 Million Subscribers on YouTube?

Published 01/21/2022, 2:36 PM EST

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Felix Kjellberg, popularly known as PewDiePie, is the first solo YouTuber/content creator to hit the 100 million subscriber milestone on the red platform, thanks to his engaging and authentic content that entertained most of the viewers. PewDiePie launched his YouTube channel way back in 2010 and then dropped out of the college to work as a full-time content creator.

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Above all, there is no denying the fact that he has worked really hard to be in a top position. And he now has over 111 million subscribers on YouTube. Back in August 2013, PewDiePie became the most subscribed channel on YouTube, surpassing the subscriber count of well-known and famous comedy channel, Smosh.

As a comedian and gamer, PewDiePie began racking up millions of views and waves of subscribers in the early stages of his YouTube journey. Back when he started as a full-time content creator, being a YouTuber was not widely recognized as much of anything, let alone as a complete profession. However, the content that he gave out to his viewers proved to be wildly successful.


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PewDiePie’s channel majorly focuses on video game content alongside pranks and other comedy videos. Although he is best known for playing popular Minecraft, he has also expanded his content to include other popular and in-trend games and concepts based on internet culture.

When did PewDiePie hit 100 million subscribers?

After uploading content for years on a regular basis, PewDiePie was finally able to hit 100 million subscribers in 2019. It was a significant moment for PewDiePie and his fans, as he was the first individual creator to hit this mark. As expected, YouTube also congratulated PewDiePie on this grand achievement via an official tweet along with a dedicated video featuring his journey on the platform.

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Did PewDiePie reach 100 million subscribers first?

From gaming streams to entertainment videos, PewDiePie’s unique content directly went into increasing subscriber count. By 2012, PewDiePie had gained over 1 million subscribers on YouTube. However, just in a year, his subscriber’s count grew to around 19 million in 2013. After this astronomical growth, PewDiePie’s popularity, as well as his subscriber count, continued to skyrocket. And in 2016, he was able to reach 50 million subscribers.

However, unfortunately, the rapid acceleration in his popularity soon met with multiple controversies and challenges. The journey wasn’t as smooth as it seemed from the outside. PewDiePie spent a lot of time and effort to beat T-series to become number 1.

But the ultimate race between T-series and PewDiePie became controversial as fans started to take sides between these two channels. However, T-series won this race and became the first YouTube channel to reach the 100 million mark on YouTube.

Soon after, PewDiePie also hit this milestone and became the first solo content creator to hit 100 million subscribers.


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The YouTuber still uploads videos regularly. However, now he is taking a quick break from content creation just to reconsider all the future plans and map out other YouTube ideas.

Taking slight breaks from uploading videos is quite common in content creation as YouTubers have to take breaks every now and then to keep their physical as well as mental health in a good place and just to get away from shooting, editing, and more.


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Do you like PewDiePie’s unique content on YouTube? Also, who is your favorite content creator in the gaming community? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Vitasta Singh


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Vitasta Singh is an eSports writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her Masters in English Literature from Lovely Professional University. Before joining EssentiallySports she used to write articles for Silver Mantle Solutions on various niches such as games, fitness, business, entertainment, and fashion.
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