The internet is once again going crazy over YouTube's highly controversial subscriber battle between Indian music record label T-Series and Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie. YouTube community is clearly polarised as T-Series is inching closer to dethroning the Swedish YouTuber who has been on the top for a long time. There is enough support on either side from viewers as well as fellow YouTubers which is what makes the battle even more interesting. Here's how you can stay updated on the biggest virtual war taking place on the platform.
We have come across a few websites that keep a tab on the subscriber count of both the channels and makes the side-by-side comparison, in real time.
Developer and designer Akash Mittal provides his website visitors with a tool called 'YouTube Realtime.' It offers real-time YouTube subscribers count for any YouTube channel. The script hosted on his website offers a real-time side-by-side comparison of T-Series and PewDiePie subscribers.
A similar website vidooly offers something similar. We have observed a level of inconsistency in terms of the subscribers count on both these websites.
Another website socialblade offers much more than a comparison between T-Series and PewDiePie. It offers information such as rankings, estimated potential earnings, daily average views and subscribers, future projections and more.
While PewDiePie is the most-subscribed channel, T-Series happens to be most viewed and second most subscribed channel on Google-owned video-sharing platform.
The tussle between the two channels took an ugly turn after a hacker supporting PewDiePie gained access to thousands of printers last year. Messages were printed out saying "PewDiePie is in trouble and he needs your help to defeat T-Series!" The hacker also urged printer users to subscribe to PewDiePie, unsubscribe from T-Series in order to get their printer fixed.
Another hacker took down the website of T-Series using a denial-of-service (DoS) attack. Around the same last year, hackers broke into one of the Wall Street Journal's website and displayed a message apologising for stories accusing PewDiePie of anti-Semitism.
Last month, hackers targetted over 65,000 of Chromecast streaming dongles to display a message on TVs urging people to subscribe to PewDiePie.