PewDiePie has announced he is quitting YouTube in 2020.
The 30-year-old vlogger – who has amassed 102 million subscribers on his channel and earned an estimated £25 million fortune in the process – informed his followers of his shock departure on Sunday.
The Swedish internet star – real name Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg – who married his influencer girlfriend Marzia Bisognin last summer, said in his latest vlog: ‘I am taking a break from YouTube next year. I wanted to say it in advance because I made up my mind.’ Reported Dailymail
He went on: ‘I’m tired. I’m feeling very tired. I don’t know if you can tell. Just so you know, early next year I’ll be a way for a little while. I’ll explain that later but I wanted to give a heads up.
He previously remarked in a video in August that: ‘I do think it would be good for me to take a break at some point. It would be nice to not have YouTube in my brain for the first time in 10 years.’
Fellow vlogger wife Marzia quit YouTube a year prior to this, uploading a ‘goodbye’ video in October last year.
PewDiePie’s views exceed 24 billion and he boasts 20 million followers on Instagram, and 18 million on Twitter.
His empire includes merchandise and ad revenue on YouTube, and – having only turned 30 in October – rakes in around £6.5 million a month.
He was born in Sweden, has an Industrial Economics and Technology Management degree and was YouTube’s most-subscribed-to channel by 2013 – landing himself on Time Magazine’s The World’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016.
His career has not been without turbulence, however.
Two months ago he was banned in China after joking about memes used by Hong Kong protesters which compare the country’s President Xi to Winnie the Pooh.
‘The resemblance is uncanny,’ remarked PewDiePie, who also mocked international businesses for taking Beijing’s stance on the anti-government unrest ‘because of money’.
‘Obviously China is like that one person on Twitter that can’t take any criticism and just blocks everyone,’ he said in one of his vlogs.
PewDiePie is based in the UK and currently has the second biggest number of subscribers on the American video-sharing platform, which has been blocked in China since 2009.