Minecraft is the most popular game on YouTube with 1 trillion views
Minecraft has grown to be one of the world’s most popular and best-selling games, with 140 million monthly unique players. On Dec. 15, it reaches a new milestone: 1 trillion YouTube views. That’s right, the platform’s Minecraft content has hit 1,000,000,000,000 views. 12 zeros!
YouTube is celebrating the huge milestone with a slew of fun features. The YouTube homepage is themed Minecraft, and creators are sharing their favourite Minecraft memories using #MinecraftMuseum on Instagram. If you play today, you can get a free skin pack featuring top Minecraft creators.
YouTube has also dug deep into their data for insights into the game’s growth. Your personal contribution to those 1 trillion views (mine was 0.0000000003%), top content trends by country, and the year’s biggest Minecraft creator are all available on their impressive interactive site.
Also, the game has racked up over 500 billion views since 2019. It was also helped by non-gaming creators like James Charles and Jack Black, as well as Keemstar’s popular Minecraft Monday tournament.
Players and fans should also watch an animated video featuring top creators and some of the community’s best moments. Keep an eye out for Easter eggs! Earnest Pettie, YouTube’s Culture and Trends Insights Lead, says his favourite is a reference to CaptainSparklez’s music video parody “Fallen Kingdom.” On YouTube, the sandbox gameplay of Minecraft has become a “empty canvas” for creativity, with creators using the game for everything from scripted role plays to activism.
“For some YouTube creators, [Minecraft videos are] an expression of their point of view as a comedian or as a game player,” explains Pettie, “and then you have people who are celebrating aspects of their identity, from Pride celebrations to people observing Ramadan.”
Even after ten years, the game is still popular. Minecraft was the most-watched video game on YouTube in 2020, according to YouTube. Minecraft also launched the careers of Pewdiepie and Mr. Beast, two of YouTube’s most subscribed individual creators.