PewDiePie is going to delete his YouTube channel tomorrow
The video millionaire seems to have enough of YouTube’s shenanigans.
Online star Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known by his alias PewDiePie over at YouTube is hell-bent on fulfilling his promise of deleting his whole YouTube channel once he reaches 50 million subscribers. While many have speculated that the YouTuber is perhaps just trolling his fans just to get more subscribers, PewDiePie posted via Tweet that he is definitely going to delete his YouTube page tomorrow at 5PM GMT (1:00 AM PHT).
will delete tomorrow 5pm gmt
— pewdiepie (@pewdiepie) December 8, 2016
What is going on with YouTube?
The reason for such sudden decision by Pewds to go and delete his YouTube account, which now currently is the most subscribed channel in the whole website can be rooted to a new change in how YouTube handles video recommendations or suggestions. In one of his videos, PewDiePie explains that the reason as to why him and other YouTubers have been getting less and less views especially in November is that YouTube’s Suggested Videos section, the ones that you see on the right side of a page when viewing videos, recommends older videos instead of new ones, which affects content creators who generate videos on a daily basis. PewDiePie cites an example of just how much traffic the Suggested Videos section brings to his content by showing and comparing statistics of his older and newer videos, with the older ones getting at least 30% of its views from the Suggested section, but the newer ones or the ones uploaded in November only getting 0.7% of its total traffic from the Suggested Videos area.
In addition to the lower number of hits, PewDiePie also states that YouTube may have already moved on from being a content-centered video sharing platform to more of a viral video platform and even is enraged with the presence of Porn videos scattered throughout the website.
PewDiePie has been one of the biggest success stories in the video sharing platform, YouTube, not just in subscriber count but also in earnings as he is reportedly earning at least USD 12 million a year from just creating video content. PewDiePie had his beginnings on YouTube back in2010 after dropping out of school and choosing to create video content for gaming instead while having to work in a hot dog stand to continue supporting what was then his hobby. Aside from creating videos, PewDiePie has also taken part in charitable work and has funded his own video game titles, PewDiePie : Legend of the Brofist and PewDiePie’sTuber Simulator, he was also named as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2016.