After 2017, PewDiePie again excluded from YouTube Rewind 2018

NOTE: For all latest, breaking news related to PewDiePie, other YouTubers, and Youtube in general, head here.

Update (December 12):

While the anti-Semitic shout out controversy fire isn’t doused yet, something else from PewDiePie’s video is now making headlines: the comment Felix made on SonicFox’s acceptance speech at the 2018 Game Awards for winning the Best Esports Player. Details here.

Update (December 12):

PewDiePie landed in hot water after he endorsed a YouTube channel that contains videos featuring anti-Semitic content. The Verge was the first publication to highlight this news. Now PewDiePie has responded to the controversy by attacking The Verge. Details here.

Update (December 11):

Marques Brownlee – tech video producer, popularly known as MKBHD – has jumped into the T-Series vs PewDiePie YouTube subscriber battle, supporting the Swedish YouTuber. He has also talked in detail about what’s wrong with YouTube Rewind videos. It’s a must read – head here.

Update (December 11):

PewDiePie has overtaken YouTube Sports in terms of subscribers to become the third biggest channel. However, the Swedish YouTuber has got embroiled in another major controversy that may cost him next year’s Rewind as well. For details, head here.

Update (December 10):

Just in: YouTube now forcing whole Rewind 2018 video as an ad (even without the Skip button in some cases). Complete story here.

Update (December 10):

Oh no. Rewind 2018 – which doesn’t feature YouTube’s most subscribed channel PewDiePie – is on way to become most disliked YouTube video ever. Details here.

Update (December 10):

In his latest video, PewDiePie has slammed fellow YouTuber Lilly Singh for her take on Forbes’ ‘Highest-Paid YouTube Stars 2018’ list. He also reacted sharply to Logan Paul‘s support to ‘subscribe to PewDiePie’ campaign. The YouTuber also mentioned Pornhub for their support, and made fun of Rewind 2018 on way to becoming most disliked video on YouTube. All this and many other things in our latest PewDiePie coverage here.

Update (December 09):

Silent moves? T-Series ads appearing on PewDiePie videos. Complete story here.

Update (December 09):

After Pornhub announced their support to the Swedish YouTuber in the ongoing PewDiePie vs T-Series Youtube subscriber war, a PewDiePie fan created a visual representation of Pornhub coming to PewDiePie rescue. The clip they used is from the popular Saving Private Ryan movie. It’s a must watch – check it out here.

Update (December 09):

Latest development in T-Series vs PewDiePie battle – T-series website is down, who is behind the attack? Read the complete coverage by heading here.

Update (December 08):

PewDiePie has hit another milestone – 75 million subscribers on YouTube. Meanwhile fans are sharing their heartwarming support pics. Full story here.

Update (December 08):

Like 2017, PewDiePie was excluded from YouTube Rewind 2018 as well. And like he did last year, he has now released a video roasting this year’s Rewind video. It’s a must watch as he talks about various topics in his own style, and oh, did we tell the Rewind 2018 video has a reference to PewDiePie’s chair? All this and more here.

Update (December 07):

YouTube Rewind 2018 has got a big thumbs down from viewers, and exclusion of PewDiePie has likely played a big role in it. Detailed coverage here.

Original story follows:

PewDiePie may be the most subscribed channel on YouTube, but that doesn’t guarantee its inclusion in YouTube Rewind videos (that, for those who aren’t aware, are released towards the end of each year to commemorate the videos, people and events that defined the year).

The channel, owned by Swedish game vlogger Felix Kjellberg, was excluded from YouTube Rewind 2017. And yet again, there’s no mention of it in this year’s YouTube Rewind video, which was released a few hours back.

Kjellberg had confirmed last year that he wasn’t invited to appear in the video.

That – it’s a known fact – happened due to the controversies PewDiePie was involved in. To refresh, some of their videos included anti-Semitic imagery, which resulted in Felix losing their YouTube Red series, Scare PewDiePie. Then there was also a huge backlash after Kjellberg used the ‘n-word’ during a live stream broadcast.

For those who are wondering why YouTube keeps controversial stuff away from its rewind videos, well this is due to the fact that these videos are aggressively used as marketing material aimed at courting large advertising deals.

Kjellberg hasn’t responded to this year’s exclusion yet, and we’re not sure whether or not they even will. But it’s safe to assume there would have been some controversies or backlashes that may have led to YouTube dropping their most subscribed channel – which is now under threat of being dethroned btw – from their yearly recap video second time in a row.

Anyway, here’s the YouTube Rewind 2018 video, do take a look:

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My interest in technology and writing started back in 2010. Since then, I have written for many leading publications, including Computerworld, GSMArena, TechSpot, HowtoForge, LinuxJournal, and MakeTechEasier to name a few. Here at PiunikaWeb, my work involves covering on daily basis the biggest tech stories as well as scoops that you won't find anywhere else.