T-Series beats PewDiePie to become first YouTube channel with 100 million subscribers

30 May 2019, 14:44

T-Series / PewDiePie
T-Series / PewDiePie. Picture: Wikimedia Commons / YouTube: PewDiePie

By Rachel Finn

T-Series is now the world's most subscribed YouTube channel.

T-Series has beat PewDiePie to become to first channel on YouTube with 100 million subscribers.

The Indian YouTube channel is now the most subscribed to channel on the platform - a record previously held by PewDiePie for six years - after a months long race between the two channels was started earlier this year to see who would be the first to set the new subscriber record.

After T-Series overtook PewDiePie to become the biggest channel on YouTube back in April, he conceded to the defeat with a diss track called 'Congratulations' which touched on everything from their CEO’s alleged tax evasion to accusations that the company has colluded with the mafia (though he added “for legal reasons that’s a joke”). The song was banned in India under grounds that the track was “abusive, vulgar and also racist in nature.”

He also commented on the fact that a major corporation has now taken over the top spot on YouTube over an independent creator, suggesting it raises questions about the future of YouTube as a whole.

The race between the two channels resulted in the 'Subscribe To PewDiePie' meme, in which several high profile stunts were orchestrated by his followers to promote his YouTube channel. PewDiePie recently called for the 'Subscribe To PewDiePie' meme to end following the deadly shooting that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand last month. During the attack, the gunman - who live-streamed the shooting, referenced the “Subscribe to PewDiePie” movement.

PewDiePie’s current subscriber count isn’t too shabby though, currently having over 96.22 million people subscribed to his channel, compared to T-Series’ 100.1 million, although he’s yet to comment publicly on losing the battle between the two channels.

T-Series, meanwhile, commented: "World’s biggest YouTube Channel, T-Series has achieved another YouTube milestone by being the first one to cross an astonishing #100MillionSubscribers. Thank you for being part of our journey. T-Series - Making India Proud."