ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

We all have our own personal heroes and people we respect and believe will usher humanity into a new era of betterment, that's why Time's annual list of the world's 100 most influential people is so interesting and unashamedly subjective.

But in one of this year's most mindblowing and pretty notable moves is the induction of Swedish YouTube behemoth Felix Kjellberg, who you most definitely know as PewDiePie, into the iconic magazine's century of pioneers.


Why so mindblowing? Well it's not so often you get a luminary embroiled in the world of video games atop a list that exists outside of the community.

An Immeasurable Honor


Kjellberg, who is backed by over 40m subscribers, is widely regarded as the most watched person on YouTube, and was given his spot after a thrilling testimonial by none other than South Park co-creator Trey Parker.

Trey Parker
Trey Parker

Here's what Parker had to say about PewDiePie:

The first time my stepson showed me a PewDiePie video, it made me feel old. Most of the screen was a video game—except a small box in the corner, which showed the 20-something guy playing it. Every few seconds, he’d make a joke or react to events with an exaggerated facial expression. I remember thinking, What the hell is this?

But the more we saw, the more I understood why Felix Kjellberg, with some 43 million subscribers, is the most-watched person on YouTube. He’s charming and funny, and he knows how to edit himself. And he has turned passive gaming into active, enjoyable entertainment.

I know it might seem weird, especially to those of us from an older generation, that people would spend so much time watching someone else play video games. (That was actually a plot thread in our PewDiePie South Park episode.) But I choose to see it as the birth of a new art form. And I don’t think anyone should underestimate its most powerful artist.

A few of the other super famous inducted were Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, LucasFilm overlord Kathleen Kennedy, comedian Aziz Ansari and Leonardo DiCaprio.

What do you make of that?

Head over to Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People to see if you agree.

(Source: Time Magazine)


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