The Blocky Beginning
Minecraft is an open sandbox video game created in 2011 by Swedish developer Markus Persson and released by Mojang. In 2014, Persson was bought out by Microsoft. After the purchase, the game was receiving massive updates, giving players new content to mess around with almost every year. Meanwhile, the YouTube scene was also thriving as fans flocked to engaging video content from creators such as SkyDoesMinecraft, DanTDM and PopularMMOS. There were massive conventions, thousands of merchandise items sold, and an interactive Netflix special. This hype changed when Fortnite appeared in the market and most gamers couldn’t get their hands on the creative FPS fast enough. Many Minecraft players switched entirely to the new game, thinking that the former had lost its shine. While Fortnite still is popular, we’ve recently seen our favorite block game make a comeback.
In summer 2019, YouTuber Pewdiepie began a series on his channel where he explored a Minecraft world seed. Seeing as he was the most subscribed creator on the platform, his viewers were ecstatic to see him enjoying the game again. His first video in the series currently has over 34 MILLION views, and the following episodes did fairly well too. He even got Jack Black involved.
The Jack Black.
Fortnite was still getting attention, but players were beginning to realize that their new favorite game wouldn’t be so exciting forever, so they came back to what they knew would be fun and meaningful. The surging community participation and evolving options intrigued returning and new players to find unique and different ways to play. People thought popular YouTubers, celebrities, and a few relevant memes helped bring back a game that was “dying” or “dead,” but that was actually far from the truth.
More Popular Than Ever
According to Google trends, Minecraft has been always been popular. With a slight dip in 2017 and 2018 right around the time Fortnite entered the scene, it has always been a source of entertainment. While some deny these stats, the fans of the game hold onto the reality that Minecraft has been ingrained in the childhoods of millenials and Gen Z.
Microsoft has also recently released the brand new augmented reality Minecraft Earth, bringing your creations into the real world through the touch of a screen. Their spin-off action adventure game Minecraft Dungeons is set to release in Spring 2020.
Below shows the analytics of Minecraft vs Fortnite YouTube searches from July 2010 to present day.
You Can Dig This Game Too
Minecraft is an open world with limitless possibilities, so there’s something for everyone. If you want to kill the Enderdragon and complete the main storyline, you can do that. If you want to survive the night with your friends, you can do that. If you want to design outfits and dress like your favorite television character, you can do that. If you want to build giant mansions and crazy mechanical contraptions, you can do that. If you want to train your skills to battle for glory, you can do that. If you want to make cinematic movies and animated music videos without a ton of resources, you can do that. If you want to explore worlds and discover something you didn’t know before, you can do that. You could even change your blocks into CIRCLES!
Minecraft is available on PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, XBOX One, XBOX 360, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS3, PSVITA, WiiU, Nintendo3DS, Amazon Fire, Fire TV, Gear VR, and Oculus.
Check out these featured screenshots to see what other players are up to!
(Disclaimer: some of these require additional modifications or access to a specific server client.)