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YouTubers watched over 1 billion hours of Minecraft in 2019

Minecraft is still a community phenomenon that smashes viewership barriers.

Published Thu, Dec 5 2019 11:26 PM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:19 PM CDT

Ten years on, millions of gamers are coming together to watch billions of hours of Minecraft videos.

YouTube revealed some insane stats in today's Rewind 2019 video, confirming viewers have watched over one billion hours of Minecraft in 2019. In terms of raw YouTube views, Minecraft is leagues more popular than Fortnite, gaming's biggest billion-dollar breadwinner, beating the battle royale sensation by over almost 40 billion views. We can only imagine how much ad revenue Microsoft collected from those views.

Another surprise oldie-but-goodie star showed up in the list, too. Grand Theft Auto V might be six years old, but it still amassed 36.9 billion views this year and took third place in the top 5 most-watched video games on the platform.

  1. Minecraft - 100.2 billion views
  2. Fortnite - 60.9 billion views
  3. Grand Theft Auto - 36.9 billion views
  4. Garena Free Fire - 29.9 billion views
  5. Roblox - 29.6 billion views

Minecraft shows absolutely no signs of stopping. Now that it's equipped with in-game microtransactions and an RPG-like setup, the game will continue pulling in consistent revenues on the backs of this insane viewership and engagement.

There's also new Minecraft spin-off games in the works including Minecraft Dungeons, a new Diablo-like ARPG.

Minecraft will continue as a mainstay of Microsoft's core online-driven business, and will get tons of new content and updates throughout the years.

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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