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PewDiePie announces first child with wife Marzia in heartwarming video

Popular Swedish YouTuber Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg has announced that he and his wife, Marzia (née Bisognin), are expecting their first child together. They shared a video entitled "We're having a baby!" that quickly went viral across several social media platforms. "I have been keeping a secret from you guys, and that is I am going to be a dad," PewDiePie said in the video. "We found out Marzia is pregnant [on the] first of November, and I am just so thankful everything has been going well so far." The couple shared footage of when they found out they were going to have a baby together. In addition to glimpses of their family's reactions to the news, there were snippets of Marzia's pregnancy experience. PewDiePie explained that Marzia sometimes had to deal with sickness due to her pregnancy. However, he praised her for tackling the problem like an "absolute champ." PewDiePie described the experience of being an expecting father as "strange," but the 33-year-old said he and Marzia were ready to welcome the baby. He added that he is fortunate to start a family with his beloved wife, expressing his optimism that they could tackle various obstacles together. The YouTuber, known for his Let's Play content, said he wished to be a role model for his child. PewDiePie said he did not doubt that Marzia would be a great mother because she was the "most loving and caring person I know." The announcement video was popular among PewDiePie and Marzia's fans, gaining over 680,000 views an hour after being uploaded. Fans flooded the comment section to share their excitement about the news. Many of PewDiePie's subscribers have followed his account since the early stages of his career. He managed to grow his small channel into a massive community. At the moment, he boasts around 111 million subscribers on YouTube. PewDiePie and Marzia started dating in 2011. She was a fan who messaged him personally, saying that she found PewDiePie's videos funny. They eventually married in 2019 after being in a relationship for around eight years. Marzia has also established a name for herself. She has around 8.4 million followers on her social media account. She started gaining popularity after creating a YouTube channel called "CutiePieMarzia" in 2018, focusing on fashion and makeup but is no longer active on said channel. She is also an artist and has sold several art products like ceramics and graphic arts. Marzia also published a young adult novel in her mother tongue, Italian. In 2022, PewDiePie and Marzia moved from Britain to Japan after the relaxation of Japan's COVID-19 measures. He bought a house in Japan in 2019 but only managed to relocate there last year. PewDiePie’s controversies In addition to being popular for his hilarious videos and live streams, PewDiePie has also been involved in various controversies over the years. He got a major backlash in 2017 after using a racial slur in a live gaming stream. In the same year, PewDiePie also lost a major deal with Disney after the company found anti-Semitic images and Nazi references in some of his videos. Just recently, PewDiePie issued a public apology after allegedly making fun of a deaf woman's video on TikTok. PewDiePie recorded himself and his dog Maya watching some TikTok videos, calling them "cringey Tiktoks," and uploaded the clip to his social media accounts. In his clip, PewDiePie mocked the woman's voice and long nails while she was demonstrating a common scenario at drive-throughs using sign language. The woman in the TikTok video responded to PewDiePie's clip, saying she was "not surprised" and "used to it." Regardless, she said it was frustrating that a big content creator like PewDiePie would use his platform to negate her effort in normalizing sign language.

The World of Gaming online

Take a closer look at online gaming with our guide to this global phenomenon

Gaming online has seen a massive increase in popularity over the last few years, largely down to the way that mobile phone technology has developed. The numbers of people who play online games has risen massively. Almost everyone you know, including people over the age of 40 who are not necessarily the first people who spring to mind when you mention online computer games, will have played some form of online game in the last few weeks.
This has been partly due to social media, of course, which provides accessible platforms where almost anyone can find games to play that suit their lifestyle and interests. Sports games have become very popular, while we have all heard about games like Candy Crush.
Other types of online computer games remain very popular with younger people who like to play online games. Massive multi-player online games, often referred to as ‘MMOs’, remain hugely popular. World of Warcraft, for example, has become a cultural phenomenon that extends far beyond people’s computer screens or gaming mobile phones and has spawned books, a movie and other cultural products.
Here, we will take a closer look at the world of gaming online and at some of the gaming trends associated with it.

What is gaming online and how do you get started?

Even if you have no interest at all in the digital world or technology, the chances are pretty high that you will have heard of online gaming. It is, of course the act of playing games on the internet. There is tremendous variety in the number and types of games that you can play online nowadays, though. From retro arcade games, to intellectual puzzles, to role playing games, to traditional board games like Scrabble, you really can play almost anything you want online these days.
According to Juniper Research’s published white paper, the numbers of people who now play online games regularly is huge. The Newzoo 2018 Global Games Market Forecast stated that mobile gaming  and mobile games has been raising online casino revenue. The proportion rose from 18% in 2012 to 51% by 2018. The Newzoo report also predicted that this trend will continue, and it expected gaming online to contribute up to 59% by 2021.
There are also significant geographical trends in the world of online gaming. In November 2018, China made up almost 28% of global mobile gaming revenue, according to tech website iWeb. Japan is another country which makes a massive contribution to the wealth generated by gaming online. A big role in this is played by the way that gamers in Asia have moved away from their computer screens in recent years and started to use gaming mobile phones.

Online gaming and esports betting

It is possible now to pick up skins during online gaming which can be used to bet on esports. Skins are items that improve the cosmetic appearance of your character in some online games. They do not usually have any effect on the actual gaming performance of the character. They are a particular feature of games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Defense of the Ancients 2.
Gamers soon found another use for these skins as competitive esports grew in popularity over the last decade. As esports became more popular, increasing numbers of people wanted to bet on the matches and events for games like CS:GO, Dota2 and the International tournament.
While the betting companies were lagging behind demand, many gamers started betting using the skins that they had collected from their own gaming activities. This allowed gamers to use their skins as a kind of cryptocurrency for betting.
It is also possible to sell skins for real money, something that means successful esports skins bettors can actually make some genuine profit from their betting. It will be interesting to see how the concept of skin betting develops in the online computer games world in the years to come.

Highlights

While we have not been able to cover the entire vast breadth of the topic of gaming online in this article, you now have a snapshot picture of this vast phenomenon. As 5G technology develops and becomes more widespread, we are sure to see more new and exciting developments in the world of online gaming. More powerful, faster gaming mobile phones are sure to arrive on the market too.
As the number of games to play increases new gaming trends are sure to emerge in the years to come, especially with the advent of 5G. Concepts such as virtual reality are sure to have an impact too, especially on the world of esports and esports betting. It is an interesting time to be alive for all fans of online gaming across the world!

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