YouTube Rewind 2019 is here, and that means two things: the YouTube community has something fresh to complain about, and we know have stats for the biggest games on the video platform. This year’s king is Minecraft, which got over 100 billion views on YouTube this year, cementing its success in the view war versus Fortnite.
Behind Minecraft’s 100.2 billion views, Fortnite comes in second place at 60.9 billion. The top five field drops quite a bit from there – we’ve got Grand Theft Auto V at 36.9 billion, Garena Free Fire at 29.9 billion, and Roblox at 29.6 billion. (If you, like me, had never heard of Garena Free Fire before, it’s a mobile battle royale that seems to have achieved most of its popularity in Brazil and Southeast Asia.)
YouTube’s Rewind mini-site reveals the rest of the top ten, though we don’t have specific numbers on these. The remaining five titles are PUBG Mobile, League of Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Brawl Stars, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
All the data is current up through October 31 – so the view counts are only going to get bigger from here. It’s worth noting that some of these view counts are likely inflated by ads, as those commercials you see before your videos still count as views.
Minecraft came back in a big way this year, and the video site says “its resurgence paralleled the decision by YouTube’s most subscribed creator, PewDiePie, to re-engage with the game in late June. The month after PewDiePie posted ‘Minecraft Part 1’ – his first Minecraft video in years – uploads of videos related to the game reached an all-time high. And Minecraft, once again, returned to its place atop the most-viewed games of the year list.”
Total Minecraft player count has similarly reached ever more staggering heights, though we can attribute that number – now over 480 million – to a different source: a free-to-play release in China. If all this has you itching to climb back into the block builder, we’ve got a great big list of Minecraft servers for you to check out.