T-Series once again overtook PewDiePie for a brief minute on Wednesday, following which Swedish gamer Felix Kjellberg retweeted a red alert.
“RED ALERT ** T-SERIES HAS PASSED PEWDIEPIE * FIGHT BACK, FIGHT BACK THIS CANNOT BE THE END!! LETS GO, THE GAP IS NOW -6”
RED ALERTT-SERIES HAS PASSED PEWDIEPIE
FIGHT BACK, FIGHT BACK THIS CANNOT BE THE END!!
LETS GO, THE GAP IS NOW -6
— PewDiePie SUBGAP ALERT (@subgap) March 13, 2019
This is the third instance of Bhushan Kumar-owned record label overtaking PewDiePie. T-Series overtook PewDiePie for about eight minutes on February 22 and again on March 9 for about eight minutes.
Kjellberg faced the ire of netizens following his comments on the simmering tension between Pakistan and India in March 12 episode of Pew News. The heavy backlash forced the content creator to delete the segment from the clip. The now deleted clip showed a group of Pakistani musicians rallying in the streets with signs saying “Unsubscribe T-Series.”
The battle for the most subscribed channel on YouTube has been going on for months now. PewDiePie held the mantle of the most followed channel on YouTube for six years. It started facing stiff competition from the decades-old music brand T-Series which witnessed a meteoric rise to the top propelled by India's recent game-changing mobile connectivity.
PewDiePie fans tactics to get more subscribers has courted controversy time and again.
"Subscribe to PewDiePie" graffiti was etched on Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Plaza Park last week.
“The text has been removed from Memorial. Made a donation to the park also, glad this got fixed,” tweeted PewDiePie on Wednesday.
The text has been removed from Memorial. Made a donation to the park also, glad this got fixed. pic.twitter.com/Z7M6UAlOse
— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) March 13, 2019
In the past, fans hacked printers, Google Chromecasts and even defaced the Wall Street Journal.