PewDiePie Proclaims “Using AdBlock Doesn’t Mean You’re Clever”

YouTube sensation, PewDiePie earned a staggering $7 million in 2014 according to figures from Expressen, and continues to attract large audiences every day. This unbelievable success story indicates that it’s possible to forge a full-time career on YouTube. However, PewPieDie is an extreme case and it’s incredibly difficult to receive large funds unless you have a huge subscriber base. Only recently, Google admitted YouTube wasn’t profitable and have decided to launch YouTube Red, a subscription based service designed to combat these financial problems.

When monetization occurs, videos are plastered with adverts which can vary dramatically in length. As you might expect, viewers feel quite frustrated having to deal with the advert onslaught and use Adblock to make a more instant form of content. PewDiePie decided to openly discuss the damaging effect of Adblock and said in a Tumblr post:

“Using Adblock doesn’t mean you’re clever and above the system.”

“YouTube Red exist largely as an effort to counter Adblock.” 

“YouTube Red exist because using Adblock has actual consequences.” 

“Personally, I’m ok with if you use AdBlock on my videos. Ads are annoying, I get it, I’m not here to complain about that,”

“But for smaller channels, this number can be devastating.”

According to the channel’s official statistics, 40% of PewDiePie’s viewership currently use Adblock. This is a figure which has dramatically increased in the last few years. Content creators are relying on donations, Patreon backers, and other funding to produce videos. However, the intrusive manner which some of these adverts are implemented in explains why people feel so inclined to block them. On another note, YouTube was originally setup as a form of community media, and some people believe the content should be free, and hobby-based.

I decided to ask a few of my followers on Twitter about Youtube Red, and the typical consensus is best summed up in this tweet:

Adblock and its impact is a polarizing issue and continues to spark quite a lively debate. It’s not illegal, and within the open internet’s philosophy, but it is undoubtedly reducing the revenue streams of content creators. PewDiePie’s comments seem a little rash given the massive success of his channel and this move could create bad PR. Although, perhaps he feels with such a large audience, YouTube Red will become a viable alternative. That’s the main problem though, as only 0.01% of channels will be able to attain a loyal viewership prepared to pay the monthly fee. I can pretty much guarantee, the majority of these will be hugely popular channels, and not the smaller ones PewDiePie is apparently trying to protect.

Do you use Adblock? Do you disable it to support sites your know and trust? Let us know in the comments section below.

PewDiePie Could Be Shooting a TV Show

Everyone has heard about PewDiePie. You know, the guy who makes money by playing video games? Also known as the “king of Youtube”, Felix Kjellberg could be transitioning from YouTube to the small screen in the near future, as he is most likely working on a TV show. During his recent time in Los Angeles, Kjellberg has been visiting several sets and local landmarks, and some sources have stated directly that he is in town to shoot a TV show.

Now, some of you might be wondering: who watches cable TV anymore? Well, it looks like a lot of people actually, which is why it would make perfect sense for Felix to try to make a name for himself in this industry. Furthermore, the 25-year-old has outlined the fact that his YouTube viewer count has been declining steadily for months now, and so a transition into the TV market is probably the best thing that he could do for his career. You could also say that he might be looking to bolster his own fame by appearing on TV, but I won’t be the one to judge him for it. Who wouldn’t want to be rich and famous at 25?

Thank you TheVerge for providing us with this information.

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PewDiePie Becomes First YouTuber to Exceed 10 Billion Views

Whether you love, loathe or feel complete indifference towards PewDiePie, it’s impossible to overemphasize his YouTube success story. Currently, PewDiePie’s channel contains over 39 million subscribers and his official Twitter account has amassed nearly 6.5 million followers. Perhaps the most extraordinary feat came on the 6th September, as he became the first YouTube celebrity to surpass 10 billion total views. A report in July suggested he earned approximately $7.5 million in 2014 and generates over $4 million in ad revenue per year. This caused quite a deal of criticism as it’s such an obscene amount of money. Nevertheless, PewDiePie addressed these concerns and said:

“Money is a topic that I purposefully tried to avoid for the five years I’ve been making videos. I just feel like it’s not important to anyone. I just want to make entertaining videos.”

“Whenever it comes out how much I made a certain year, people just get so shocked. A lot of people were also very angry. They thought it was unfair. They thought I just sit on my a** and I yell at the screen over here–which is true–but there’s so much more to it than that.”

“I understand that haters are going to hate, but I really think that money doesn’t make you happy. I’m just as happy now as I was five years ago. I’m very happy that I don’t have to worry about paying rent.”

Personally, I do not enjoy PewDiePie’s content and prefer to spend my time watching other channels. The whole ‘brofist’ mentality and screaming over horror videos isn’t to my taste. However, he has almost become the face of YouTube and you have to acknowledge his achievements.

What do you think of PewDiePie?

YouTube’s Most Popular Gamer Is Sick of the Comments

Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, has had it with the YouTube comments and is blocking all comments on his future videos. Felix has the most popular gaming channel on YouTube and recently passed the 30 million subscribers, an impressive milestone. With that amount of followers, the spam is endless and it has become impossible to find the real comments between the spam, self-promotion and troll posts.

“I go to the comments, and it’s mainly spam, it’s people self-advertising, people that are trying to provoke, people who reply to all these…just all this stuff that, to me, it doesn’t mean anything.”

Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg doesn’t abandon his fans though, in the sense that he still would like their feedback, just not the spam. So he is considering to move the comments to either Reddit or Twitter in the hopes that it could improve the overall experience for everyone. This isn’t the first time that Felix has expressed his frustrations with the YouTube comments system, but this time the decision to block feedback on his videos seem final.

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He explained his current predicament as a primarily functional problem. Having more than 30 million subscribers leaves him with a lot of spam and other unwanted material to sift through every single day, as he explains in the video. The usual joy when coming back from time away from the YouTube channel, like on his recent personal vacation, was gone. All the great welcome-back feedback he usually gets was buried under a pile of spam as big as ever.

“I just want to connect with you bros,” he says in the video, which went live last Friday. “That’s all I care about. If you bros aren’t with me, what’s the point, really?” 

This is a very common problem on YouTube as well as many other online services, and so far no viable solution has been presented nor does it look like one is being worked on.

How exactly it’s going to work is something that’s still is to be seen, as Felix himself doesn’t know yet. He posted on twitter a couple of days after the YouTube announcement that he’s still trying to figure out the best way to do this. On the road it was also discussed to make the comment section open to people who donated to charity, that however seemed an impossible thing to create and unrealistic.

When it comes to Mr. Bros’ PewDiePie there are two options, either you like him or you don’t. There isn’t really a middle way, just like it is with Linus. His decision to block the YouTube comments however is something I think we all can agree on. Personally I’ve stopped even looking through YouTube comments a long time ago, as only one our of hundreds is worth the time it takes to read.

 Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Image and Video courtesy of PewDiePie.