The gamer behind YouTube’s most-watched channel, PewDiePie, announced in his latest Pew News video, posted Saturday that he is planning to take a break from the platform next year. Towards the end of the video, which slams YouTube for its incapability to efficiently enforce its latest policy updates, Kjellberg says, “I am taking a break from YouTube next year. I wanted to say it in advance because I made up my mind.”
The controversial gamer had indicated to taking a break from the platform back in August: “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.” Kjellberg married his girlfriend and former YouTube personality, Marzia Bisognin, in the same month.
Many people tried to explain Kjellberg’s break that he unconfined another video addressing the rumors that quickly spread online. It didn’t have to do with any of the controversies he was facing, public criticism, or feeling “exhausted.” There may be facets of that in his decision, but Kjellberg simply wanted to take time off. As a YouTuber, that means not being in the public eye for a while.
Kjellberg’s videos drove more than 4 billion views to YouTube in 2018, and by far, he has the most subscribers of any individual creator. The challenge of YouTubers taking some time off is an issue that goes far beyond Kjellberg, and it’s a problem YouTube as a company is still trying to figure out.