YouTube is a video sharing website originally founded in 2005. The website was purchased by Google in 2006 for roughly 1.65 billion U.S. dollars in Google stock. Since the acquisition, YouTube has grown significantly, becoming the primary source for videos online, such as tutorials, news, gaming videos and vlogs. YouTube’s user base has increased every single year and along with it the number of videos posted. As of November 2014, over 300 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube per minute.
Based on a survey in the United States, YouTube was the second most popular social media website in the country as of August 2015, amassing roughly 21.6 percent of all social media visits, trailing only Facebook by approximately 24 percent.
In terms of popularity, the fastest growing genre on YouTube is arguably gaming. The channel with the most subscribers as of October 2015 is PewDiePie, having a grand total of 39.68 million subscribers. He is a comedic gamer, often posting videos of live commentaries while playing popular games and has become a fan favorite among younger viewers.