Who knew that sitting around and playing video games was such a rewarding profession? Clearly PewDiePie – because the YouTube star reportedly made just under $7.5 million in 2014 alone.
The Swedish tabloid Expressen, via Game Rant, have reported that Felix Kjellberg earned around $4 million just from his videos last year.
25-year-old PewDiePie is the producer of Let’s Play videos on YouTube. In these clips he reviews and plays games. Since 2010 his popularity has risen and risen to such an extent that in August 2013 his PewDiePie channel became the most subscribed channel on YouTube. In fact, by June 2015 not only did he have 37 million subscribers but his videos had been watched over 9 billion times.
Because of all this success, Kjellberg’s PewDie Productions AB production company made a total of $7.45 million in 2014.
But how has this happened? Well, it actually makes perfect success when you consider the sheer amount of videos and subscribers that PewDiePew has. Kjellberg has created over 2,300 videos for the channel, and with 37 million subscribers it means that his clips often receive more than a million views within 24 hours. Some even go on to be watched tens of millions of times too.
The power of Kjellberg, which has even been compared to Oprah Winfrey’s effect that she previously had on books, means that his power and expertise has extended to a variety of other mediums, which includes an appearance on South Park and his very own self-help book parody This Book Love You, which is being released courtesy of Penguin Random House.
Kjellberg has helped games like Amnesia: The Dark Decent rise in popularity hugely thanks to his reviews, however he has also had to disable YouTube comments because of the wave of criticism and self-promotion that pops up on there.
However, Kjellberg’s work isn’t just restricted to the world of gaming. That’s because he has also gone to great lengths to do charity work, while he has also developed the game PewDiePie: Legend Of The Brofist with independent studio Outerminds.
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