Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has done something that a few years ago, would have been completely unthinkable. He’s become the first individual creator to reach 100 million subscribers on YouTube, a milestone that has been a long time in the making, and his fans have celebrated by already giving him a bonus 100,000 subscribers, meaning he’s technically at 100.1 million.
PewDiePie lost his race to 100 million to Indian music channel T-Series, currently sitting at 109 million, but it’s far more impressive that he’s hit the milestone as an individual creator, and no one is even close to him. Third place on the site behind him and T-Series is 5-Minute Crafts with 60 million.
He has had a significant influence on YouTube’s policies over the last nine years, although his notoriety has been mired in controversy at times, particularly over racist language and anti-Semitic imagery in his videos.
“I don’t feel worthy, but I’m forever grateful,” Kjellberg said in a tweet on Monday regarding the acheivement, adding that it was “unreal.”
In a video prior to the milestone, he said: “Before YouTube I was that kid with no friends, and suddenly there’s so many people who enjoy what I do.”
Of late PewDiePie has returned to his roots as a gaming personality. The last month or two in particular, PewDiePie has been doing practically nothing but uploading non-stop Minecraft videos, and has been credited in part with the overall resurgence of that game for its tenth anniversary, with Minecraft streams and video views for Minecraft content topping its previous all-time records.