YouTube Play Button

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

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] YouTube reserves the right to refuse to hand out a Creator Reward, which it did not give to select channels with horror or political content, and various critics.[2][3]

Awards[edit]

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.[4]

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,[5] the new version (as of March 1, 2017) is 92% nickel, 5% carbon and 2.5% zinc, with traces of other metals.[6] In March of 2018 the look of Silver Play Button was updated from a metal button housed within a window box with the channel's name printed on the front glass pane to a cleaner-looking flat designed metal plaque award featuring the channel name's embossed on it.[7]
  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;[5] in March of 2018 the look of Gold Play Button was updated from a metal button housed within a window box with the channel's name printed on the front glass pane to a cleaner-looking flat designed metal plaque award featuring the channel name's embossed on it.[8]
  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.[citation needed]
  4. YouTube Ruby Play Button 2.svg The Ruby Play Button, for channels that surpass 50,000,000 subscribers. On December 18, 2016 YouTuber PewDiePie was the first YouTuber to receive a ruby colored 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.[9][10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "YouTube Creator Rewards". YouTube. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ Weiss, Geoff (6 February 2018). "YouTube On 'Play Button' Awards: "Not All Creators Who Apply Will Receive Awards" - Tubefilter". Tubefilter. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  3. ^ Alexander, Julia (2 February 2018). "YouTube says 'not all creators who apply' for Creator Awards will receive them". Polygon. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "YouTube Creator Hub". YouTube. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "What is the Gold Play Button REALLY Made Of?". YouTube. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ "What is the NEW Silver Play Button REALLY made of?!". YouTube. Retrieved April 29, 2018. 
  7. ^ "YouTube's silver and gold play buttons are getting a new look". SocialBladeBlog. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "YouTube's silver and gold play buttons are getting a new look". SocialBladeBlog. Retrieved 15 June 2018. 
  9. ^ "PewdiePie's video on receiving the award". Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "YouTube Sends PewDiePie Custom Ruby Play Button To Commemorate 50 Million Subscribers". TubeFilter. Retrieved 1 May 2017.