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Minecraft tops the YouTube most watched games top 10 list

by Mark Tyson on 14 May 2015, 15:51

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), YouTube (NASDAQ:GOOG)

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YouTube has been celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. The web-based video business, now owned by Google, has been blogging about the trends it has seen in viewing behaviour and gaming is one of the hottest video categories on the site.

The top title among all those covered by YouTubers is revealed to be the construction sandbox game Minecraft. Minecraft sits atop of a top ten of games including the likes of Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and DOTA2. We also learned that there are over 42 million Minecraft videos hosted on the YouTube site.

YouTube's global head of gaming content, Ryan Wyatt, told the Washington Post that, as well as being the most popular game on YouTube, Minecraft was the second most searched for term overall. Last year it was a more popular search term than popular music stars like Beyonce or Taylor Swift. Wyatt added that "It's a testament to (publisher) Mojang understanding the marketing capacity and power of our content creators." Some games publishers haven't been appreciative of YouTube coverage by fans. However Minecraft has been appreciated by Microsoft – it bought publisher Mojang for $2.5 billion last year.

The YouTube top ten gaming list ranks the games titles by 'watchtime'. We assume that's the total tally of minutes watched among all the videos concerning each particular game. The full top 10 list is reproduced below:

  1. “Minecraft”
  2. “Grand Theft Auto”
  3. “League of Legends”
  4. “Call of Duty”
  5. “FIFA”
  6. “Garry’s Mod”
  7. “The Sims”
  8. “Five Nights at Freddy’s”
  9. “Puzzles & Dragon”
  10. “Dota 2”

Please note that while some of the above top ten entrants are single games, like Minecraft and DOTA2, other rankings are gained from the watchtime of the whole series of games/ the whole game franchise. There are quite a number of FIFA and Call of Duty titles, for example.

The YouTube Trends blog reveals one more astounding games video statistic. Famous YouTuber PewDiePie's channel of 'Let's Play' videos gets 76 million views per week. So overall you might think that the pinnacle of surefire successful YouTube gaming videos would be a Minecraft video hosted by Mr PewDiePie. I've embedded such a video below for your reference.



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The only game I've consistently watched on YouTube is Kerbal Space Program, because at least those do interesting things with rocket designs.
aidanjt
The only game I've consistently watched on YouTube is Kerbal Space Program, because at least those do interesting things with rocket designs.

That might be worth me having a look at. I tried the free demo ages ago, couldn't get the ship to launch so quit in frustration. Keep meaning to go back to it.
DanceswithUnix
That might be worth me having a look at. I tried the free demo ages ago, couldn't get the ship to launch so quit in frustration. Keep meaning to go back to it.

Yeah it is pretty tricky, especially if you start out in career mode it limits your parts selection… Then again, on the other hand, career mode does kinda slowly ease you into it so you can better familiarise yourself with parts you gain. Bit of a double edged sword. But anyway, I'd highly recommend Scott Manley's YouTube channel, he has playlists of series for beginners just getting started, including a new series for v1.0.
The three kids of my house unfortunately watch about a million of them minecraft videos. It's so annoying
I think I'm responsible for the League of Legends rating…

Sunny Splosion… I love and hate her at the same time.