Ziggy’s Virtual Viewpoint: internet star calls out YouTube

Diamond Play Button

Written by |Ziggy |

So if you’ve ever been on YouTube, you have probably seen one face at least once and if you haven’t then you are only looking at cute kitten videos and shame on you. So the man, the legend himself, the one and only PewDiePie has struck again. This Swedish web-based comedian is calling on the very company he makes millions for to do the right thing. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has created one of the most subscribed to channels on YouTube. But despite his popularity, the video-sharing website has not given PewDiePie his much-deserved subscriber milestone awards.

YouTube has always had an issue with giving awards to their content providers. And yes, if you hit a milestone in subscribers, YouTube will send you awards to hang on your wall, along with that useless paper that took four years, a hundred thousand dollars, countless hours in the library and late night cram sessions to earn. No but seriously, YouTube gives out awards to content providers who have high subscriber numbers. Starting at one hundred thousand subscribers, you get the Silver Play Button. One million subscribers gets you the Gold Play Button and, at 10 million subscribers, you get the Diamond Play Button. Now PewDiePie has over 44 million subscribers and the count goes up every day. Still to this day, PewDiePie has not received the correct awards and has something to say about it. In this video rant https://youtu.be/VY4wCi1pPkU, PewDiePie has officially called out YouTube and is asking people to hashtag #GivePewdsHisDimondPlayButton @YouTube.

Some think that PewDiePie is getting a little childish about this whole situation; however, there was a ceremony when the Diamond Play Button was released–a real award–and he has not received it although he clearly has earned it. As a big supporter of YouTube content creators (and being a content creator myself), I would say, yes, it is time for him to get what he deserves. Heck, send him four awards. I think its time for YouTube get with the program. Start supporting your content creators and their viewers; it’s because of them that you make money.

The YouTube Creator website says “Once your channel qualifies, look out for a notification in your Creator Studio Dashboard, including your unique order code. You’ll be able to enter your information and shipping address. The notification should appear in your dashboard in the month following your milestone, so sit tight!” PewDiePie is tired of waiting and he is calling on YouTube to correct the mistake.

As always make sure you check out PewDiePie as he continues his crazy adventures and keep supporting local content creators by just clicking that subscribe button. Check out PewDiePie at www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie; www.facebook.com/PewDiePie; twitter.com/pewdiepie; www.instagram.com/pewdiepie/

Until next week–keep it real.


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