YouTube Play Button

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YouTube Play Buttons, a part of the YouTube Creator Rewards,[1] are a recognition by YouTube of its most popular channels.

These are distinct from the YouTube Awards, which are intended to recognize the best quality videos. YouTube Creator Rewards are based on a channel's subscriber count, but are awarded at the sole discretion of YouTube, each channel is reviewed before an award is issued, to ensure that the channel follows the YouTube community guidelines.[1]


When a verified YouTuber reaches a specific milestone and is deemed eligible for a Youtube Creator Reward[1], they are awarded a relatively flat trophy in a metal casing with a YouTube play button symbol. The trophies are of different sizes: each button and plaque gets progressively bigger the more subscribers the channel gets.[2]

There are currently three different tiers of rewards,[1] plus a fourth that has been awarded only once:

  1. YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg The Silver Play Button, for channels that surpass 100,000 subscribers. The old version was made of nickel-plated cupronickel alloy.[3]
  2. YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg The Gold Play Button, for channels that surpass 1,000,000 subscribers. It is made of gold-plated brass.[3]
  3. YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg The Diamond Play Button, for channels that surpass 10,000,000 subscribers. It is made of silver-plated metal inset with a large piece of crystal in the shape of a play button triangle.
  4. YouTube Ruby Play Button 2.svg The Ruby Play Button. In December 2016, YouTuber PewDiePie received a ruby trophy as a gift for reaching 50,000,000 subscribers, it was made in the shape of his channel's logo: a hand giving a "bro fist", or a fist bump. It also came with several mini-awards to be gifted to subscribers that had been subscribed the longest and were still active. It is not referenced in the Creators Award page, and it is unknown if such a trophy will be given out to any other YouTuber who surpasses the milestone in the future.[4][5]



  1. ^ a b c d "YouTube Creator Rewards". YouTube. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ "YouTube Creator Hub". YouTube. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "What is the Gold Play Button REALLY Made Of?". YouTube. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ "PewdiePie's video on receiving the award". Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "YouTube Sends PewDiePie Custom Ruby Play Button To Commemorate 50 Million Subscribers". TubeFilter. Retrieved 1 May 2017.