PewDiePie takes a break from YouTube following recent policy changes

YouTube star PewDiePie announced on Saturday that he will be taking a break from YouTube in 2020. With 102 million subscribers, PewDiePie still has the second-biggest channel on the site, but he’s had his fair share of controversies over the years.
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PewDiePie is one of the biggest names on YouTube. Photo: camknows via Wikimedia Commons

Felix Kjellberg, otherwise known as PewDiePie, is a 30-year-old YouTuber from Gothenburg, Sweden.

Since he started his channel back in 2010, he has become one of, if not the biggest YouTube star of all time.

All in all, his channel has racked up an astonishing 24.1 billion views across all videos. As you can imagine, all those views add up to a lot of advertizing revenue.

The success of Kjellberg’s YouTube channel has amassed him a fortune of around $30 million.

But now it appears PewDiePie is ready for a break from the platform which propelled him to success all those years ago.

Why is PewDiePie taking a break?

Kjellberg announced his plans to take a break from YouTube in a video posted to his channel on Saturday. You can it video below.

In the video, Kjellberg explains how the constant pressure to post content to YouTube has taken its toll on him recently.

“I’m tired. I’m feeling very tired. I don’t know if you can tell. Just so you know, early next year I’ll be a way for a little while,” he says.

But the news probably won’t come as too much of a surprise to PewDiePie fans. Back in August he mentioned that he had been considering a break from YouTube for a while.

In Saturday’s video, Kjellberg confirmed the decision, saying that he had “made up his mind.”

Nobody can dispute PewDiePie’s popularity. Not only has he proven his content resonates with a wide audience, he’s managed to show longevity where other YouTube channels have fallen by the wayside.

But there have been a couple of high-profile incidents over the years which have provoked backlash against PewDiePie, especially from advertisers.

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Advertisers have been put off by some of PewDiePie’s videos. Photo: jm3 via Flickr

PewDiePie’s brand of humour can be crude at times, and he’s crossed the line into what many peope would deem offensive more than once.

Back in 2017 Kjellberg was criticised for using a racial slur in one of his videos. The incident garnered a lot of attention online.

It was shortly followed by another video in which PewDiePie paid individuals on Fiverr to hold a sign which threatened Jews.

These two incidents, which came about in quick succession, caused Google to remove Kjellberg from its premium advertising programme, as well as cancel the second season of ‘Scare PewDiePie’ which was due to be released on YouTube Red.

PewDiePie did manage to bounce back from these incidents, and he remains a prolific content creator and view earner to this day.

But it looks like the stress of producing content for the past 10 years, as well as having to deal with media backlash has taken its toll on him.

Hopefully, after a hiatus in 2020, he’ll come back refreshed and funnier than ever.

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