Last week, the most subscribed person on YouTube, Felix Kjellberg (more popularly known as PewDiePie), uploaded a video claiming that he’ll delete his channel after hitting 50 million subscribers. Well, he has hit that magic number not too long ago, and the popular YouTuber is claiming to make good of his promise.
Kjellberg made the announcement on his Twitter account, saying that he will delete his YouTube channel at 5PM GMT tomorrow; that’s 1AM Malaysian time tomorrow morning.
will delete tomorrow 5pm gmt
— pewdiepie (@pewdiepie) December 8, 2016
Now, Kjellberg is no stranger to making jokes here and there, but as the video above show at the 9:21 mark, Kjellberg does sound rather serious about deleting his channel. But that doesn’t mean he’s quitting YouTube outright; he continued on to say that he’ll start a new channel. “I’m excited to delete my channel and start fresh with a new channel,” as he puts it.
As to why Kjellberg is deleting his enormously popular channel, it likely has something to do with issues he has been facing on YouTube. Apparently, his recent videos do not have as much reach as his older ones; he has also been unsubscribed to channels he regularly follows. The former isn’t just affecting Kjellberg alone either; other YouTubers have been vocal about the same issue as well.
if im pulling 2mil views per video with 50mil subs id rather restart and get rid of inactive accounts and piss people off in the process thx
— pewdiepie (@pewdiepie) December 2, 2016
Whether or not Kjellberg will delete his YouTube channel is certainly something we will keep a close eye on. We will find out for ourselves later tonight – well, technically tomorrow morning – at 1AM.