After a protracted and much-watched battle for the title of YouTube’s most-subscribed channel, PewDiePie was temporarily surpassed by T-Series on Friday — though solely due to a technical issue.
During a roughly ten-minute stretch on Friday, Indian production company T-Series became YouTube’s most-subscribed channel — with a max lead of roughly 2,000 subscribers — while Kjellberg’s channel lost 20,000 subscribers due to a routine YouTube audit, Mashable reports. YouTube regularly conducts automated channel audits to ensure that subscriptions, views, and other site-wide stats are organically derived, the outlet notes.
While Kjellberg’s defeat was only temporary, it does speak to the way in which the contest between the two channels has become increasingly close in recent weeks. That said, Kjellberg was initially predicted to be overtaken back in October — meaning that he has been able to stave off T-Series for roughly five months — an impressive feat. His latest bid to stay on top, tapping the famed entrepreneur Elon Musk to host his recurring Meme Review series, is also causing quite a stir — with 16 million views in two days. That video is also currently sitting at No. 1 on YouTube’s ‘trending’ chart.
Kjellberg addressed the incident in his most recent video. “Now, they got a taste of what it means to be number, and that’s all your ever gonna get T-series,” he quipped. “It meant nothing, because you know what happened? Elon Musk came down from the sky and hosted Meme Review.”
You can check out Kjellberg’s thoughts on the matter, beginning at the 9:20-minute mark, below: