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Meet the guy who earns $4 million a year by playing video games

Yes, $4 million. That’s one to tell your mother.

Source: PewDiePie/YouTube

THIS IS ONE of the latest videos posted on YouTube channel PewDiePie.

Do you find it particularly funny or compelling? No?

Well, it has been watched by more than 2.3 million people. In fact, all of the videos on the channel have been seen by millions of people.

PewDiePie is the most watched online video service on Google – beating out Miley Cyrus and other teen favourites such as One Direction.

It is manned by one Swede, 24-year-old Felix Kjellberg who features in the videos, playing and reviewing video games.

Currently, 27 million subscribers watch as he screams, makes funny noises and accents and laughs at the screen.

And, according to a profile in the Wall Street Journal, it earns him about $4 million a year.

The money comes from ad sales, of which Maker Studios, a producer of online content, takes a cut.

Despite the partnership with Maker Studios, Kjellberg’s clips are still very much homemade. But quality isn’t really the point here.

“What I and other YouTubers do is a very different thing, it’s almost like hanging around and watching your pal play games. My fans care in a different way about what they are watching,” he told the newspaper.

Want more fun facts about the young millionaire? Reportedly, he dropped out of college and sold hot dogs to get by.

And his channel was originally called PewDie – because pew is the sound of a laser gun on video games and when that happens, somebody usually dies. However, he had to add the Pie after he lost the password. Why Pie? No idea.

Here is his most popular video. Be careful, there is lots of cussing.

Source: PewDiePie/YouTube

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