Most people know the YouTube Creator Awards as YouTube Play Buttons. These are a series of gifts from YouTube recognizing its most popular channels. There are several factors YouTube considers before giving away these YouTube plaques. One of these is the channel’s subscriber count. A channel goes under review before YouTube issues an award. It ensures that the channel follows the community guidelines it set. Some channels are not given these awards because of many factors. These include horror and political content, as well as various critics.
Tiers of rewards
Each button and plaque gets bigger as the subscriber count increases.
Silver Creator Award
This is for channels with 100,000 subscribers or more. The material used for the old version was nickel-plated cupronickel alloy. The new version has 92% nickel, 5% carbon, 2.5% zinc, and traces of various other metals. The old version was a metal button housed within a window box. It also has the channel’s name printed on the front glass pane. The new version is a cleaner-looking flat designed metal plaque award. It has the name of the channel embossed on it.
Gold Creator Award
This is for channels with 1 million or more subscribers. The material of this award is gold-plated brass. The look of the Gold Play Button was also updated like the Silver Play Button. The old version was a metal button housed within a window box. The printed channel’s name was on the front glass pane. The new version has the name embossed on it and has a cleaner-looking flat design.
Diamond Creator Award
Channels with 10 million or more subscribers receive this award. The material for this award is a silver-plated metal inset. It has a large piece of colorless crystal shaped like a play button triangle. There are more than 650 channels that reached this level.
Custom Creator Award
This is for channels with 50 million or more subscribers. There are only 15 channels that reached this level.
Red Diamond Creator Award
This is the highest level of YouTube Creator Awards. This is for channels that reach or surpass 100 million subscribers. There are only 2 channels that have already reached this level.