Silent moves? T-Series ads appearing on PewDiePie videos

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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. For details, head 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.

Original story follows:

Up until now, majority noise in the ongoing PewDiePie vs T-series YouTube subscriber battle has been from the fans of the Swedish YouTuber (even the T-Series website is currently down). Although that’s not to say T-series fans/followers have been totally silent, just that there has apparently been a lack of out-of-the-box moves.

But looks like the situation is changing now, as YouTube users are seeing T-Series ads on PewDiePie videos. On Twitter, there are a lot of such reports. Take a look:

https://twitter.com/sharjeelkhun/status/1070374057063915527
https://twitter.com/AhmedMedhatGedo/status/1070400251520016385
https://twitter.com/Pranup7/status/1070946098221469696
https://twitter.com/ID4444MIM/status/1071300279163850753
https://twitter.com/Rafay_19/status/1070187777965391873
https://twitter.com/Latitude1223/status/1070245382607659008

That’s not it – see all reports by heading here. So what does this indicate? Is T-Series making silent moves? Well it does appear so, given that YouTube allows advertisers to target specific channels.

It’s interesting to see both sides being directly and actively involved in this battle. Recently, PewDiePie urged Logan Paul to support him in this war, to which the latter happily obliged. Yesterday, the subscriber count for the Swedish YouTuber crossed the 75 million mark, with the previous 5 million subscribers coming in just last one month.

This impressive jump in PewDiePie subscriber number was a result of support from almost all quarters, including adult website Pornhub as well as hackers and individual fans.


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Himanshu Arora

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.