Originally created in 2009, creator Markus Perrson definitely must not have envisioned his humble little creation to be arguably the most popular video game of all time, 12 years later.
Minecraft is a virtual open-world video game where players can mine, craft, dig, build, and enchant various things. The game is categorized into the “sandbox” genre, as it lets players construct their own worlds and experiences with customized progression and narratives.
Unlike most other video games, Minecraft lets players be in control of the game, even allowing options for players to act as moderators and build their own modding/coding directly into the game.
It was this freedom of choice and variety of gameplay mechanics that happened to be the cause for Minecraft’s meteoric rise in fame and popularity. The insane growth of the game on YouTube which led to the unimaginable 1 trillion views milestone came to fruition through a sort of codependent relationship, however.
Back in the day, growing YouTubers like PewDiePie and DanTDM made Minecraft content, which led to the YouTubers’ growth, and as their channels got more popular, there was more of an audience to keep discovering about Minecraft, which led to the game’s popularity surging higher as well.
This formula kept on going for years to come. Today, the Minecraft community boasts over 35,000 creators from 150 different countries. The content they provide will suit anybody’s tastes, as they range from customized ‘Let’s Plays’ to videos that don’t actually have any Minecraft gameplay.
YouTube has dedicated an entire page in their Trends section, providing a mind-boggling breakdown of Minecraft’s history on YouTube with all of the statistics and facts that you would ever need.
Truly a game like nothing else out there, Minecraft has reached unprecedented heights; and from what we can tell, it is not going to stop anytime soon.
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