PewDiePie fans queue for hours to meet YouTube star
Published 18/10/2015 | 15:21
Fans have queued for up to five hours to grab a selfie with the world's most subscribed YouTuber PewDiePie.
The crowd outside Waterstones bookshop in Piccadilly, central London, was so big that people were moved inside early to meet the star- real name Felix Kjellberg - at a pre-publication event ahead of the launch of his book, This Book Loves You.
Antonio Rogers, 12, had been chosen to be at the front of the queue with his father, and was waiting next to teenagers who said they arrived five hours early to meet the 25-year-old Swedish gamer.
Antonio said: "I love PewDiePie so much. He always makes me laugh when I'm bored and smile when I'm sad. He's amazing."
Vera Stuiy travelled from the Netherlands with her mother to meet Kjelberg, who has nearly 40 million subscribers and was top of Forbes' first ever list of highest-paid YouTube stars.
The 14-year-old said: "He is really funny and his videos are really good."
Lee Rogers, 24, from Kent, added: "I have been watching his content for years so I want to meet the guy. He makes me laugh. I am a bit of a gamer myself but I don't have time to do it any more so I watch him."
People who wanted to meet the 25-year-old Swedish gamer had to buy tickets in advance to receive a pre-signed copy of the £12.99 book and the chance for a quick selfie - 1,000 were available. Non-ticket-holders were refused entry.
Kjellberg was greeted with cheers from excited fans and said it was great to meet everyone. He arrived with his own camera facing the crowd in order to vlog his experience.
Gary Dean, events manager at Waterstones head office, said "It's really exciting for us because it is bringing a new generation of young adults into bookshops so they will experience it and hopefully come back."
PewDiePie has more than 10 billion views across all his videos and has more than twice the subscribers of the individual accounts of Zoella, Rihanna and One Direction.
The Sunday Times recently named him as the number one biggest influencer of British teenagers ahead of One Direction members, Ed Sheeran and David Beckham.
Time Magazine included him alongside president Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian in their list of the 30 most influential people on the internet.