PewDiePie Made Roughly $7.5M in 2014 From Gaming on YouTube
One of the most popular personalities on YouTube, PewDiePie, has earned around $7.5 million in 2014 for his ongoing series of Let's Play videos and original content.
The Swedish newspaper Expressen (translated by NeoGAF, courtesy of GameSpot) reports that PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has earned roughly 64 million SEK for 2014 from his YouTube channel. These figures are certainly up from previous years, where Kjellberg earned roughly 29.6 million SEK in 2013 and 7.2 million in 2012. This whopping 64 million SEK translates toughly to $7.5 million USD. Kjellberg is primarily known for his Let's Play videos and the original, game-related programming he has on his YouTube channel. While playing, he's known his exaggerated voices, over-the-top reactions and his bizarre (and sometimes down-to-earth) opinions. He also guest stars for other famous YouTubers and produces his own original comedy segments on his channel as well.
Three and a half months ago, we reported that Kjellberg and feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian were named two of Time's Most Influential People on the Internet. There was even a Pewdiepie-centered episode of South Park, which is a telltale sign that you've established yourself as a viable part of pop culture. Kjellberg created his YouTube account in 2012 and now has an ongoing deal with Disney subsidiary content creator Maker Studios. His YouTube channel currently has over 37 million subscribers, raking in over $4 million in annual ad revenue. While I'm not a big fan of his South Park-esque shrills or the randomness of his comedy, he's a leader in the online gaming community, and I'm glad to see anyone in the neighborhood gain that level of success. He also led a variety of charitable fundraisers over the years, which I hope inspires more Internet celebrities to do the same.