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How Much PewDiePie Stands To Lose From His Break

As with any job, being an online content creator can take its toll on one's mental and even physical health, inevitably leading to some degree of burn-out. Of course, you'd never guess this is the case from watching the super popular Felix Kjellberg, a.k.a. PewDiePie.


The Swedish YouTuber has uploaded a video nearly every day for over a decade, with only a few short breaks here and there. PewDiePie's most recent break from YouTube took place in early 2020 after he admitted that his constant upload schedule had him "feeling very tired." It turns out, however, that another one of those mini-vacays is around the corner, and the reason is about as wholesome and relatable as it gets.

In a YouTube video uploaded on May 28, Pewds revealed that he'd be taking a few days off from his typical daily uploading schedule — specifically, from June 8 to June 13 — giving himself a so-called "summer holiday," which he also extended to his editor, Sive. Then, in a June 7 video, he revealed the hilarious reason. The popular gamer wants to do just that: game! 


Specifically, he wants to play the new "Minecraft" update, "Caves and Cliffs," the first half of which dropped on June 8 (the second half will be released later this year, according to an official "Minecraft" FAQ). Pewds admitted that he's been waiting for the "Caves and Cliffs” update for months, so it's understandable that the YouTuber — whose "bro land" "Minecraft" video series went viral in 2019 — would be excited for a new expansion to one of his favorite games.

But how much money might he lose on this break?

PewDiePie's summer holiday could cost him

Given the fact that his main income stream is directly tied to his upload schedule, Pewds stands to lose a fair bit of money, even during such a short break.

When PewDiePie stepped away from YouTube from January 15 to February 21, 2020, it has been estimated that he lost somewhere between $500,000 and $1 million. It's worth noting, however, that Pewds still raked in somewhere between $26,800 and $429,100 (according to SocialBlade). That's pretty hefty (if somewhat broad) spectrum of moolah for someone who wasn't actively uploading any content at the time. It's also worth considering that Pewds' 2020 break was far longer than his current one — so he could be losing much less, this time around.


A 2019 video from YouTuber Paddy Galloway can offer a bit more insight. The video, which breaks down PewDiePie's income stream, reveals that he makes approximately $58.2 million a year — or, roughly $160,000 a day. While these numbers are somewhat dated, it still offers a partially accurate glimpse into how much Pewds might lose during his break.

Despite announcing that his break would run June 8 through June 13, Pewds dropped a new video on June 8. Assuming he returns on June 13, PewDiePie stands to lose somewhere around $640,000.

While that number is nothing to shake a stick at for most people, it's basically pennies for the super rich YouTuber. While Pewds is no stranger to controversy, he's also one of the hardest-working content creators around — so here's hoping he enjoys his short break.