It totally can though. At one point the sub gap registered as 1. It may have been the briefest moment, but for a single instant one person stood in the way of a takeover.
Although, yea, the 1 sub gap was likely a computer estimate, and T-Series did take over for about 10 minutes, but the point still stands.
I don't regularly watch Pewd's content either, but I subbed to do my part either way. If anything, this little internet war could at the very least spread awareness for the growing influence of corporate power on media, and no matter your personal preferences for what that content it, I feel we should at least support the side that represents keeping that power in the hands of real individuals.