PewDiePie's 2014 Earnings Revealed; Issues Response Video
The YouTube gaming star PewDiePie had his income for 2014 revealed by a Swedish newspaper, and now he's filmed his comeback.
YouTube has the power to turn ordinary people into worldwide celebrities with millions of dollars to their names. ‘Stars’ such as Tyler Oakley, who has used his YouTube channel to talk about a wide variety of LGBTQ issues (as well as the culture of celebrity), is now a household name with millions of fans tuning in to his every word. Likewise, beauty vlogger Zoe Sugg, known to her millions of YouTube followers as Zoella, broke the record for the highest ever first week sales of a first time novelist with her debut novel, "Girl Online".
While one could argue long and hard about whether this celebrity culture is entirely welcome, or whether these people deserve to be so famous for essentially uploading clips of them talking, there is no denying it does make them a lot of money. Case in point, YouTube star PewDiePie, who made $7 million in 2014.
PewDiePie (real name, Felix Kjellberg) is officially the world’s biggest YouTube star, with nearly 38 million subscribers to his channel. He became famous for his Let’s Play videos, during which he plays a video game and films his opinion and reaction to it. While YouTube stars are not normally allowed to discuss their income, Swedish newspaper Expressen revealed PewDiePie’s earnings for 2014, which has mainly come from advertising revenue from ads placed on his channel. By publishing the report, Expressen opened up the floor for people to express a wide range of opinions on the matter, and a lot of them were angry.
This in turn prompted PewDiePie to release a new video, Let’s Talk Money, in which he does just that (see above). Stating that he has purposefully tried to avoid talking about money in the five years he’s been making videos, PewDiePie was adamant that he doesn’t feel money is important and that he never assumed he would make money when he started making videos.
“What people don't think about until it's in their face is that I have nine billion views, and that translates to something," he told his viewers. "I have ads on my videos and that translates to something." He added:
“Haters gonna hate, right? But I really think that money doesn’t make you happy.”
PewDiePie also went on to read out some of the negative comments he had received in regard to the article. He responded well to each one, and laughed it off. Why wouldn’t he? He has millions of dollars in the bank, after all. While it undoubtedly upsets many people that PewDiePie has become such a huge star simply for filming his reactions as he plays a video game, could it simply be a case of jealousy because they didn’t think of it first? Does the world ever truly enjoy a success story, or does it just remind us of our own shortcomings?
At the end of his video, PewDiePie makes a good point:
"It seems like the whole world cares more about how much money I make than I do myself. We did raise $1million for charity and very few articles picked up on that, but here it is, everywhere, how much money I make. I don't think there's any good reason why anyone should care. And on top of that I guess there's no good reason why I should care either. So we're just going to end it there."
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PewDiePie ‘made £54MILLION from ads and merch in 2019’ before quitting YouTube, experts claim
THE astonishing earnings of one of YouTube's biggest stars have been revealed by experts.
Swedish video-maker PewDiePie earned a whopping £54million in 2019, banking £7million in September alone.
Even in November, his least successful month of the year, the YouTuber – who boasts 102million subscribers – banked close to £3million, according to researchers.
The news follows PewDiePie's announcement last month that he was taking a break from YouTube, saying he was "very tired".
The monthly revenue generated by the 30-year-old internet star, real name Felix Kjellberg, was estimated using online tool Selfy.
It calculated the minimum and maximum monthly revenue he could make from selling merchandise and from ads on the video site.
Figures revealed that PewDiePie made a whopping £54.1million in 2019 – enough to allow him to retire for life should he choose not to return to video making.
The Scandinavian's most successful period was September, during which he made £6,9million from ads and merch alone.
This is the same month he began playing hugely popular video game Minecraft on his channel, a move which proved a great success.
PewDiePie's second most successful month was August, the same month he married Marzia Bisogning, now Kjellberg, his girlfriend of eight years.
The worst months were November and December 2019, during which he earned a little under £3million.
The research was carried out by online marketplace OnBuy.com.
PewDiePie recently announced he was stepping back from YouTube.
"I am taking a break from YouTube next year," he revealed in a video posted December 16. "I wanted to say it in advance because I made up my mind.
PewDiePie's antisemitism scandal
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- In 2017, Disney announced it would be severing links with PewDiePie over several controversial videos he had released.
- Some of the videos contained references to Nazis and were found to be antisemitic.
- Among them was one clip in which he paid two Indian nationals to hold a sign saying: "Death to all Jews."
- A statement from Disney subsidiary Maker Studios read: "Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate."
- He courted controversy again in December 2018 after doing a shout-out to an anti-Semitic video channel.
- During his Pew News segment he directed viewers to E;R, an essayist which slips anti-Semitic and misogynistic comments into videos about anime and films.
- But the 29-year-old said he wasn't familiar with the channel’s content and blasted what he called a "shame campaign".
- He said: "Anyone with the level-headed brain can tell that I don't know this guy. (It's) a shame campaign to smear my name."
- But in his most recent video, PewDiePie said he regretted promoting the channel and wouldn't have done it if he was more familiar with its content.
- He added: "I removed E;R from that video.
- "If I knew then what I knew now, I wouldn't have put him in there... I'll be more careful in the future."
"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.
"I'll explain that later but I wanted to give a heads up," he added.
In August, he hinted he could be stepping back from the platform soon, saying: "I do think it would be good for me to take a break at some point.
"It would be nice to not have YouTube in my brain for the first time in 10 years."
Kjellberg was extremely popular on the platform, and was its most subscribed user for six years from 2013 to 2019.
He was eventually overtaken by Indian record label T-Series, which now has around 123million subscribers.
PewDiePie has had his fair share of controversies over the years.
In September 2017 he was at the centre of a firestorm after using the racial slur "n*****" in one of his videos.
He had previously found himself at the centre of a racism row when he appeared to use the word "n*****" in a video watched by 2.7million people.
The Swede sparked an anti-Semitism storm after he paid two men to unravel a banner bearing the message "Death to all Jews". The video was viewed by 6.6million people.
It resulted in his reality show being cancelled by YouTube, who dropped him from its premium advertising channel.
PewDiePie quickly issued an emotional response to the claims of anti-Semitism, appearing to choke back tears as he spoke out against the backlash.
His fans have since targeted the American journalist who unearthed the video and hacked his Twitter account in revenge for the perceived attacks on the much-loved YouTuber's reputation.
In other news, YouTube's top earners were revealed by a report in September – and PewDiePie tops the list.
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YouTuber PewDiePie opens up about his $7.3 million earnings from playing video games
Professional gaming has gone beyond a craze. Now it’s something worth actually investing in. As pro-gamers broadcast their button-mashing to audiences of millions around the world, ESports have become one of the most passionate global sports among young audiences.
And the people playing them are fast becoming stars in their own right. This week it was reported that 25-year-old Felix Kjellberg, known online as PewDiePie, has made $7.4 million by filming himself playing video games for his Youtube channel.
Kjellberg has pulled in over 37.7 million subscribers since he first started vlogging, and has a total of 9 billion views across his videos. His huge pay packet has come from the amount he makes from adverts on his channel, and he even set up his own company, PewDiePie productions, to manage the financial side of his career.
But Kjellberg has faced a backlash over the amount he earns, prompting him to release a video called ‘Let’s Talk About Money’ to address the elephant in the room.
“I just feel like it's not important to anyone,” he says. “I just want to make entertaining videos. Don't get me wrong, though. I don't hate money. I'm not going to pretend it doesn't matter to me, because it matters to everyone.”
“They thought I just sit on my ass all day and just yell at the screen over here, which is true! But there's so much more to it than that, and I understand haters are gonna hate, right?”
“To see so many people being upset about this whole thing, it's just sad. It's such a waste.”
Not all of the $7.3 million will sit in his pocket, however. Youtube takes a 45% cut of total earnings, while Maker Studios, the network Kjellberg signed to, will take a portion too.
Maker Studios is a Los Angeles MCN (multi-channel network) that was bought by Disney last year. Their goal is to develop talent, commission shows and run networks, using stars like Kjellberg and his passionate, loyal fanbase and doing something commercially productive with them.
Kjellberg has pointed out that he does a lot of philanthropic work and uses his huge profile to drive awareness of causes he believes in. He previously raised $342,828 for Save the Children in 2014 through crowd funding, offering tiered rewards and incentives to fans donating .
“It seems like the whole world cares more about how much money I make than I do myself,” he said. We did raise $1m for charity and very few articles picked up on that, but here it is, everywhere, how much money I make.
”I don't think there's any good reason why anyone should care. And on top of that I guess there's no good reason why I should care either. So we're just going to end it there.“
It was recently announced that Kjellberg had signed a publishing deal for a 250-word book full of 'inspirational quotes' and advice.
PewDiePie Responds to His Email Address Being Leaked
Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg has responded to his personal email address being leaked in his latest YouTube video. The YouTube star has been streaming quite a bit lately, and for the most part it's been going quite well. The streams, as expected, have been drawing in a massive audience, and the Youtuber has seemingly been enjoying himself and the fan interaction that comes with streaming.
That said, during a recent stream, PewDiePie accidentally leaked not just one email address, but two while messing around with his Activision account with fellow YouTuber CinnamonToastKen. As you would expect, PewDiePie wasn't very happy once he realized the mistake that had been made.
"Oh, no," said PewDiePie as he realized his email had just been shown on his live stream in front of thousands and thousands of viewers. "It f*****g just shared my email. I'm done. I'm f*****g done. Why would it show that? I don't need to know it."
Not long after this, PewDiePie accidentally revealed the new alternative email he was using on stream, rendering it useless as well. Thankfully, according to the YouTuber, this was simply a throwaway one, which allowed PewDiePie to laugh at the mistake, which, unlike the first one, was entirely his fault.
Of course, as a result of his email being leaked, the YouTube star will likely need to use a different email going forward. This isn't the end of the world, but as PewDiePie noted, it will require some busy work letting all of his colleagues and business partners know about the switch.
Of course, the streaming moment quickly spread around the Internet and was memorialized as a million and one memes, some of which featured on the YouTuber's latest episode of Meme Review, dubbed "Leaking My Email Address."
That said, despite the massive inconvenience and security headache the moment caused, PewDiePie doesn't seem too upset. In fact, he used it as an opportunity to make fun of himself.
"Yeah, first it was the game's fault, and then it was just my fault. Because I'm smart like that. Check out my live stream guys, to see what else I'm going to mess up. It's inevitable at this point."
"Yeah, maybe this live streaming thing wasn't such a good idea. "I am such an idiot. I can't help it. I'm just born and raised dumb. Very dumb."0comments
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YouTube star PewDiePie responds to 'haters' over $7.4m annual earnings
YouTube star Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has responded to online criticism after it was revealed that he earned $7.4m in 2014 from his gaming videos.
The earnings were published in a financial filing in Sweden by his company PewDie Productions and reported on news site Expressen.
The PewDiePie channel was the most popular on YouTube in 2014 with more than 4bn video views, ending the year with more than 33 million subscribers.
As news stories about Kjellberg’s income trended on Facebook, though, he was attacked for not deserving these financial rewards, spurring him into publishing a YouTube video called “Let’s Talk About Money” to address the criticism.
“Money is a topic that I have purposefully tried to avoid for the five years that I’ve been making videos, because I just feel like it’s not important to anyone,” said the 25-year-old, before reminding fans that he funded his early efforts on YouTube by working on a hot-dog stand.
“The fact that I could make videos was so much more important to me than [that] I had to spend a few hours a day doing a job that wasn’t that prestigious,” he said.
“I knew people were big at other types of videos, but there was no one big in gaming, and I didn’t know you could make money out of it. It was never like a career that I could just quit college to pursue. it was just something I loved to do. And here we are five years later and it’s exploded.”
Kjellberg read out and responded to some of the more critical Facebook comments during his video, while defending the work he puts in to his channel, which focuses on “Let’s Play” videos playing through games while commentating on them.
“A lot of people which I saw were very very angry. They thought it was unfair. They thought I just sit on my ass all day, and I just yell at the screen over here. Which is true! But there’s so much more to it than that,” he said.
“I understand that haters are gonna hate, alright? But I really think that money doesn’t make you happy. I am just as happy as I am now, as I was five years ago ... To see so many people being upset about this whole thing, it’s sad. It’s such a waste.”
Kjellberg also expressed irritation that his charitable fundraising attracts less coverage than his earnings, having raised money for the likes of Save the Children and Charity:Water, as his popularity has grown on YouTube.
“It seems like the whole world cares more about how much money I make than I do myself. We did raise a million dollars for charity, and very few articles picked up on that, but here it is everywhere how much money I make,” he said.
“I don’t think there’s any good reason why anyone should care, and on top of that I don’t think there’s any good reason why I should care either, so we’re just going to end it there.”
One good reason people care within the media world is that PewDiePie’s financial filing offers a rare insight into the money being made at the top end of YouTube stardom.
It’s very rare for any YouTube creator to talk about their earnings publicly, not least because YouTube itself does not encourage it.
But with many of its top stars essentially freelancers – even if they’re signed to a multi-channel network, as Kjellberg is to Maker Studios – those with their own companies will increasingly be declaring their income in financial filings.
Watch: Top YouTube Star PewDiePie Reacts to $7.4 Million Salary Report
YouTube’s biggest star just wants to talk about his love for making videos. Others want to talk about his money.
Felix Kjellberg, better known by his online moniker PewDiePie, made headlines earlier this month when it was reported the Swedish 25-year-old raked in about $7.4 million in 2014. The number is hardly surprising, considering Kjellberg manages an account with more than 37 million subscribers and 9 billion views. Even so, the gamer had some things to say to those upset by the figure.
“I feel like it’s not important to anyone,” he said about his personal finances. “I just want to make entertaining videos. Don’t get me wrong though; I don’t hate money. I’m not going to pretend like it doesn’t matter to me. It matters to everyone.”
Kjellberg explains in the video that during college, he had student loans and couldn’t even afford a computer to record game play on. He quit before finishing, sold some artwork to get started and began selling hot dogs while forging his career as PewDiePie.
“I was the happiest I was at that time (selling hot dogs) because I was finally, for the first time in many many years, doing what I wanted to do,” Kjellberg said.
PewDiePie has used his following for good, helping to raise money for Save the Children.
“I really think that money doesn’t make you happy. I am just as happy as I am now as I was five years ago.”
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