The Minecraft community has crushed one trillion views on YouTube. Celebrate this huge milestone with a look back at some of the biggest moments in Minecraft history.
Celebrating Culture and Identity in Minecraft
The gaming community hits a mind-boggling milestone.
Exploring the data behind a mind-boggling milestone for gaming creators on YouTube.
This year, Minecraft YouTube passed a nearly unimaginable milestone: Videos related to the game have been viewed more than one trillion times.
If each of those one trillion views were just one second long, that would add up to over 30,000 years. If each view were a Minecraft block 12 inches square, you could build a stack that reached from the Earth to the sun and back — with about seven million miles to spare. That’s how big one trillion views is. So how do you get there?
We looked at the data – all 12 years’ worth of daily uploads and views from tens of thousands of creators and millions of viewers – and now that we’ve mined our way through, we can show you.
The marriage of Minecraft and YouTube has spawned entire genres of video born of the creativity that both platforms provide. Here are some of the most impactful trends from the history of the game on YouTube.
Minecraft Over Time
Reaching one trillion views of Minecraft videos could not have happened without the collective efforts of tens of thousands of creators playing, experimenting, streaming and uploading Minecraft videos. By analyzing over a decade of data, we’ve been able to assemble a timeline of some of the most impactful creators and videos since Day 1.
What is Minecraft ?
Minecraft is a sandbox video game developed by the Swedish video game developer Mojang Studios.
The game was created by Markus “Notch” Persson in the Java programming language. Following several early private testing versions, it was first made public in May 2009 before fully releasing in November 2011, with Jens Bergensten then taking over development. Minecraft has since been ported to several other platforms and is the best-selling video game of all time, with over 238 million copies sold and nearly 140 million monthly active users as of 2021.
Celebrating Culture and Identity in Minecraft
The beauty of Minecraft is its freedom—the ability it gives players to traverse, build, and roleplay across a vast sandbox. Creators often dream up epic scenarios that reflect this adventuring spirit (just check out the ongoing Dream SMP), but a growing number are pioneers in a different way — they’re celebrating their own real-world identities within the game.
Minecraft YouTube shows the power of this approach, rendering in unmistakable block form a wide array of people, cultures, and lives from across the globe.
Wherever the viewer is, there’s a good chance a Minecraft YouTuber has thrown a party in honor of their favorite local holiday or religious festivity. In Brazil, Amandinha celebrated Festa Junina (only to find it interrupted by zombies — classic Minecraft ), while Mều Channel threw a party for Tết, the Vietnamese new year, with her friends that culminated with a showstopping firework display. Swedish YouTubers Kimmy POWER and STAMSITE have even hosted midsummer events filled with bright sun and flowers, just like the real-life Scandinavian celebration.
Many viewers watch alone, but as the comments attest, the videos can offer a welcome social forum, not to mention an entertaining education. Here we talk to some creators who have celebrated everything from Diwali to International Mother Language Day to their own sexuality within the game.
How did you get started?
My first channel, Onespot Gaming, started in 2016 in English, and as I grew, my audience started asking for Hindi videos. Onespot Gaming already had too many viewers in Europe and the US, so I made Khatarnak Ishan just for [my Hindi audience].
When did you first have the idea of celebrating Diwali in Minecraft?
During the coronavirus lockdown, we weren’t able to celebrate [Diwali] with friends in our usual way. So I thought, let’s celebrate in Minecraft. I can light up the place for my subscribers with fireworks. They’ll enjoy watching it and I’ll enjoy making it.
I love that you’re able to launch multiple fireworks at once. How did you achieve that effect?
That’s actually an in-game feature. In Minecraft, there’s redstone, which can be used to build mechanisms, automatic doors, stuff like that. I used it to make a firework dispenser and a clock. The clock sends pulses or signals to the dispenser, and so every second a firework lights up.
Do you think this Diwali celebration has strengthened a sense of community between you and your audience?
Definitely. Festivals are meant to do that in real life. They build a bond in society, bring your friends and relatives closer. I don’t think anyone gets sad watching such content.
Is Minecraft for free?
Minecraft is not a free game and one needs to purchase it before downloading it on your Android or iOS device. The game comes with some interesting features including Creative Mode that comes with unlimited resources.
Is Minecraft bad for kids?
What age is appropriate for Minecraft? Minecraft is typically recommended for ages 8 and up, being a game that isn’t overly violent or even that difficult to learn how to use. In fact, for many children, it was one of their first video game experiences online.
How to download Minecraft for free?
Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world and over the years it has only grown bigger.
How big? The game by Microsoft, which earlier boasted nearly 131 million monthly active users, reported nearly 140 million monthly active users when CEO Satya Nadella announced the fiscal results for the third quarter of 2021. Needless to say, Minecraft’s popularity is soaring by the day and the reason behind this is that it can get you hooked easily. If you are new to gaming world and you’re tempted to play Minecraft, there’s a way you can play the game for free, at least for a while.
And if the game manages to rouse your interest, you can buy it too, the price to be paid being ₹1,474 on Microsoft Store. Alternatively, you can also get it on your Android smartphone. But if you are a first-time user, you can try it out for free on a computer. Here is a step-by-step guide for you on how to download Minecraft for free on your PC.
First of all, you will have to opt for a Trial version of the game.
Here is how to do it:
Step 1: Open your PC and go to Microsoft Store.
Step 2: Look for Minecraft for Windows 10 and click on it.
Step 3: Click on the Free Trial option.
Step 4: Now, Microsoft will ask you to log in to your account using email.
Step 5: After completing that, download the Minecraft installer application on your PC and start playing the trial version of the game.
How to play Minecraft for free
If you think this process is a bit cumbersome for you and you don’t want to download the game, there is another way in which you can play the game without even downloading it. Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Go to classic.minecraft.net.
Step 2: Enter a username.
Step 3. Start playing.
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