Today, YouTube has confirmed that Minecraft content on the platform has reached an incredible milestone, surpassing one trillion global views.
Minecraft, the Microsoft-owned global sensation first began popping up on YouTube in 2009. Since that time, the popularity of the creative open concept game developed by Mojang Studios has only grown. Minecraft has since become a staple on YouTube, where kids, adults, and everyone in-between can take part in the ecosystem.
“Being in the gaming industry my entire career, it’s incredible to see how Minecraft has exploded since it first came on to the scene,” said Ryan Wyatt, Global Head of Gaming, YouTube. “I remember working with SeaNanners at Machinima when he first tried Minecraft and shared it on YouTube – the appetite for Minecraft content then was impressive and the fact that it just continues to grow year over year is staggering. Minecraft has been the most-watched game for many years and to see it reach one trillion views is an applause-worthy feat. Congratulations to Mojang, Microsoft and the gaming community on YouTube!”
In celebration of the milestone, YouTube is spotlighting the community via an animated logo on the YouTube homepage.
In 2020, Minecraft was both the ‘Top Game’ watched on YouTube as well as the ‘Top Live Game’ watched on the platform. Currently, there are over 35,000 Minecraft content creators on YouTube across 150 countries and territories, confirmed by YouTube.
Content creator aCookieGod was amongst the most popular Minecraft creators in the country with 1.7 million subscribers, contributing to Minecraft’s overall success on YouTube. Additionally, ExplodingTNT (5.2 million subs) and Denis (9.17 million subs) also continued to contribute over their respective tenures on YouTube.
In 2014, Microsoft acquired Mojang Studios for a staggering $2.5 billion. The Minecraft ecosystem has since been supported on nearly every available platform imaginable. The IP has also spun off into dungeon-crawler Minecraft Dungeons, which launched in 2020.