MrBeast Is Set To Overtake PewDiePie's YouTube Subscriber Record

MrBeast Is Set To Overtake PewDiePie's YouTube Subscriber Record
Image Credit: YouTube | PewDiePie | Mr Beast

Written by 

Emma Hill


3rd Feb 2022 13:38

There has been an exciting twist in the tale of YouTube dominance as Jimmy "MrBeast" Donaldson is on the road to take the crown for the most subscribers from the long-time king of the platform, Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg.

No one can deny that PewDiePie has reigned supreme as one of the most subscribed channels in YouTube's history. In 2019, he broke YouTube records when he reached a whopping 100 million subscribers which, at the time, was the most that any independent content creator had achieved. He may have been taken over by the Indian channel T-Series, but he continues to hold the crown for the most-subscribed creator on the platform. 

Then came MrBeast. He may have started with a modest following when he first set himself on YouTube in 2012, but from 2017 things really did start to heat up for the creator thanks to his original and outrageous creator. As MrBeast's popularity continues to grow, could PewDiePie's lengthy reign finally be over?

Most YouTube Subscribers: PewDiePie vs MrBeast

As of writing, PewDiePie currently has 111 million subscribers on YouTube. While MrBeast still has an incredible 25 million subscribers, it's still a far way off from PewDiePie's mind-blowing numbers. However, the gap is quickly beginning to close. A glimpse at SocialBlade shows that MrBeast is gaining 100k new subscribers every day. On January 11, it was revealed that the 23-year-old had the fastest growing YouTube channel of 2021, beating out PewDiePie's nemesis T-Series. 

Just exactly why the tables have begun to turn isn't a complete mystery. Throughout 2021, MrBeast churned out some unbelievable activities as part of his content, including spending $3.5 million on creating a real-life Squid Game and there was also his $250k mystery box reveal. Whereas, PewDiePie has only just returned from yet another break from YouTube. 

PewDiePie Reacts To MrBeast Overtaking His YouTube Subs

After a month-long hiatus, PewDiePie returned to YouTube on February 2, and it wasn't long before he stumbled upon fans pointing out MrBeast's growing popularity. Speaking about MrBeast's ever-increasing sub numbers, PewDiePie joked: "I guess I'm gonna have to start my next drama with MrBeast. Diss track coming — nah, I'm just joking. I'm not gonna do that."

Despite their rivalry, it doesn't seem there is any love lost between the two YouTubers. After all, MrBeast has stated how much of a huge fan he is of PewDiePie on a number of occasions. He even organised an ad for PewDiePie's YouTube channel during the 2019 Super Bowl. 

At the moment, PewDiePie continues to reign supreme. But, with the YouTuber previously stating that he "can't be f*cked anymore", could he just simply just hand over the red throne to his friend MrBeast? Or, could the two team together once again to beat their rival T-Series?


Emma Hill is a former Junior Journalist at GGRecon.

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