As spotted by the esports and influencer site Dexerto, MrBeast now also has 111 million subscribers. But as you can see in the video above, MrBeast eclipsed PewDiePie’s incredible number by just a few thousand more, topping out at roughly 111,847,586 subscribers versus PewDiePie’s approximately 111,846,073. MrBeast dethroning the OG King of YouTube makes sense when you think about his content in relation to PewDiePie’s. PewDiePie has been a controversial figure in the past — like that one time in January 2017 when he asked performers to display a banner allegedly calling for “death to all Jews”. He also used to joke about rape and has used racist language against Black folks in his videos, though he has since apologised for this egregious behaviour. MrBeast, on the other hand, is a family-friendly creator. Having started his channel in February 2012, MrBeast used to upload videos around Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Mojang Studios’ Minecraft before transitioning to what he’s now known for: giving away money and prizes through expensive competitions and stunts. He’s also been on a philanthropic and entrepreneurial kick, raising funds for the Arbor Day Foundation to plant over 20 million trees in national parks across the US and opening a virtual fast-food burger joint. Even PewDiePie knew his days as the King of YouTube were numbered. In an August YouTube Short, after MrBeast hit 100 million subscribers, PewDiePie said MrBeast “definitely will” pass him and he “definitely deserves it” because PewDiePie had retired from YouTube, though he hasn’t stopped uploading. Kotaku has reached out to MrBeast and PewDiePie for comment. Of course, there’s a big caveat here. While MrBeast may be the most-subscribed YouTuber, he actually only has the most numbers as an individual creator. There’s an Indian record label and film production company called T-Series that has 229 million subscribers on YouTube, though there’s a full team of employees behind that channel. So in the face of that, MrBeast’s feat is truly remarkable. All hail the new king, I guess.
MrBeast has overtaken PewDiePie and is now the most subscribed YouTuber pic.twitter.com/YPXQ4ydWCX— Dexerto (@Dexerto) November 14, 2022
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