YouTube was said to be focusing more on big creators earlier. However, YouTube recognized the need to focus on up and comers and introduced a reward system for creators. Since few years, the platform is offering rewards to the creators in the form of Play Buttons. Once the qualified channels reach the required numbers of subscribers, they can upload the email address in rewards redemption website. The process of receiving the reward takes around eight to twelve weeks and the delivery of the reward also depends on the location of the creator.
YouTube Play Buttons are part of the reward program of YouTube for creators. YouTube recognized the popular channels. The verified YouTubers when reaching the specific milestone a flat trophy with plastic or metal shaped like YouTube play button symbol is awarded. The trophies are in different types.
The channel qualifies for awards as it gets the required number of subscribers required for each award. YouTuber is given awards when they reach three milestones. A framed limited edition silver plated play button personalized with the channel name is given to the channels that reach 100,000 subscribers. Gold plated play button with channel name is awarded to channels that have one million subscribers and so on.
Not only the biggest creators but the small up and coming creators will also be rewarded by YouTube. At every stage, new perks and rewards are unlocked. Every YouTuber starts at level Graphite. This is the starter level and is given to YouTubers with subscribers from 0-1000. Next reward is Opal which is given to channels that have 1K to 10K subscribers. Bronze is given to channels that have 10k to 100k subscribers. Silver and up awards are given to channels that reach more than 100k subscribers. In this stage, the YouTube creators can take advantage of the social elements.
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The Silver Play Button
The silver play button is awarded to the creator who gets 100,000 subscribers. No bronze button exists so this is the first button to get. When you reach the 100,000 subscribers, an email is sent by YouTube to the account of the vlogger.
The Gold Play Button
The gold play button is awarded to the creators who land one million subscribers. A shiny gold play button can be seen on the wall which can be seen by everyone.
The Diamond Play Button
YouTube rewards the YouTubers who get ten million subscribers with the diamond play button. This is the highest award. Having a diamond play button shows that the creator is one of the biggest creators on YouTube. Reaching the nine-figure subscriber count is incredible.
The Ruby Play Button
The Ruby Play Button is awarded by YouTube for the channels that reach fifty million subscribers. This is red in color and is transparent. It is shaped as the YouTubers icon. It is very hard to reach the fifty million subscribers milestone. There is no reference to Ruby play button in the creator award page as its shape is specific to the channels. It is till now received by only PewDiePie.
Getting the YouTube play buttons is not an easy task. Subscription count is the only requirement to get these rewards. Achieving the milestones requires a lot of hard work and effort. YouTube recognizes the channels that have large fan bases. However, if YouTube finds out that the channels did not play by the rules, it may disqualify the channels from getting the award. Creators from various countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, India, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK, Us and others are eligible for the YouTube Rewards.