Two of video gaming’s biggest figures have been included in Time’s ‘The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet’ list.
Amid the #Gamergate controversy, this Canadian-American feminist became perhaps the most public critic of sexism in the gaming community (via her blog, YouTube channel and Twitter account), which earned her thousands of fans – and almost as many enemies,” Time wrote. She says she received death threats. More recently, her blog, Feminist Frequency, got funding from Intel’s initiative to promote diversity in tech.”
Of PewDiePie the site added: Never mind Fox or AMC. With 35m subscribers and nearly 8bn total views, this Swedish gamer’s YouTube channel broadcasts some of the most-watched programs in pop culture, which just so happen to be… clips of himself playing video games, with charismatic narration.
Early on in his rise to fame, Kjellberg upset some fans by making rape jokes. But the 25-year-old later apologized, and has since gone on to give indie game-makers invaluable exposure and commandeer his ‘Bro Army’ to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities like Save the Children.”
Also on the list are the likes of pop singer Taylor Swift, US president Barack Obama, Russian political blogger Alexei Navalny, JK Rowling, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, politcal writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, ‘hacktivist’ The Jester, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow.