A Hove-based YouTube star has defended his £7.4m earnings last year after a barrage of online criticism.
Norwegian gamer Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, had YouTube’s most popular channel last year with more than 4bn video views and ending the year with more than 33 million subscribers.
His 2014 earnings were published in a financial filing in Sweden by PewDie Productions, which prompted some to question if he deserved the money – so he responded with the following video:
In it, he says he’s avoided talking about money as it’s not important to anyone, adding: “I knew people were big at other types of videos, but there was no one big in gaming, and I didn’t know you could make money out of it.
“It was never like a career that I could just quit college to pursue. it was just something I loved to do. And here we are five years later and it’s exploded.”
PewDiePie is not the only YouTube millionaire living in the city. Earlier this year, beauty vlogger Zoella bought a £1million five bedroom house in Brighton, having moved to a flat on the seafront here last year.
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