Luis Fernando Flores took a steady, gradual approach to build his YouTube subscriber base. Flores started publishing videos of his gameplay in 2011. His channel reached 10,000 subscribers in July 2013, 100,000 subscribers in February 2014, 1 million subscribers in August 2014, and 10 million subscribers in March 2016
Flores is known for his goofy commentary and affinity for indie titles. The 24-year-old El Salvadorian also loves wearing the color green, doing the moonwalk, and sharing the spotlight with man’s best friend. He has also become a notable live streamer on Twitch and has accumulated over 7 billion combined views on his videos.
5. elrubiusOMG (32.6 million subscribers)
It likely comes as no surprise that Rubén Doblas Gundersen (aka elrubiusOMG) focuses his video content on gameplay streaming. He posted his first video on YouTube in 2006 and has devoted himself exclusively to his YouTube channel since 2011. The son of a Spanish father and Norwegian mother, Gunderson studied animation and 3D modeling in Spain before investing his energy exclusively into his YouTube channel.
On March 25, 2018, ElrubiusOMG broke Ninja and Drake’s record for most concurrent viewers during a Fortnite stream. With 1.1 million people tuning in, he also set the record for most concurrent viewers on a YouTube Gaming live stream. But Gunderson isn’t a one-trick pony. The 28-year-old Spanish star also sprinkles in the occasional interview and Chatroulette adventure into his feed. He has a very public love for the Pikachu, Pokemon’s featured character, and is also an avid beatboxer.
4. whinderssonnunes (33.1 million subscribers)
Whindersson Nunes may very well be Brazil’s most beloved and shirtless YouTuber. He humorously portrays subjects of his day-to-day life and childhood. Well known for starting each of his videos with the catchphrase “Hey, guys watching my channel, how are you?”, Nunes knew from age 15 that he wanted to be a YouTube star. After having his first YouTube account hacked and deleted, he collected himself and started his current channel in 2013.
Nunes keeps viewers engaged with the steady stream of his often comedic rants on various subjects. He also boasts a sizable portfolio of pop parodies — including Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” and Adele’s “Hello”.
3. HolaSoyGerman (35.1 million subscribers)
We teased this entry above, in the number #7 most subscribed channel. And here he is again! Garmendia’s original channel “HolaSoyGerman” ironically doesn’t involve gaming. This channel is more focused on Garmendia selling his books, playing in his band, and activating campaigns with Greenpeace. Though his engagement on this original channel has slowed down in recent months (due to the rising popularity of his JuegaGerman channel), his accomplishments on both channels have earned him not one, but two Diamond Play buttons. He is the only YouTuber to hold this prestigious honor.
2. Dude Perfect (37.6 million subscribers)
Tyler Toney and his crew of Texas A&M alums have sought to impact the lives of trick-shot devotees everywhere. This endlessly entertaining channel started in 2009 with a sandwich, a camera, and 20 “I can do better than you” buckets. Since then, Dude Perfect has been inducing awe with their jaw-dropping trick shot skills and a message of faith. The dudes have said “Our ultimate goal is to glorify Jesus Christ in everything that we do. We want to use this platform for something much bigger than us.”
The group is comprised of twins Coby and Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones Tyler Toney, and Bill Nye (not to be confused with the famous scientist of the same name). They regularly upload videos of “battles,” where the individual members of Dude Perfect compete against one another in good-natured games or contests usually featuring elements and creative spins on different sports with a unique set of rules. The collective also owns many Guinness World records, including this shot into a basket from a 533-foot tall skyscraper (see below)
1. PewDiePie (78.5 million subscribers)
We would venture to guess that are you already familiar with Felix Kjellberg, the long-reigning, sometimes problematic, and often controversial Swedish king of YouTube. The 28-year-old has made a lucrative career reviewing memes and making (surprise!) gameplay vlogs. He is essentially the pioneer of the ‘gameplay commentary’ format in many people’s eyes. However, he’s found himself embroiled in controversy on multiple occasions for dropping racial slurs, anti-Semitic videos, sympathizing with Nazis, and a litany of other unsavory statements that some believe reveal what he really thinks about the world.
While many celebrity figures likely wouldn’t be able to survive such public scrutiny, Pewdiepie fans have been loyal to a fault. He has released a number of apology videos that have been met with mixed reviews, as some believe the videos are disingenuous and lackluster in terms of the authenticity of his remorse for his actions. Disney broke off their relationship with him, YouTube canceled one of his series, and Google removed him from its Preferred Premium Ad Tier Status as a result of the controversy surrounding him. Nonetheless, Pewdiepie is still cranking away with his video content and still stands alone as the undisputed baron of YouTube.