Minecraft is more popular than Fortnite and that is a fact!
What is the most popular video game on YouTube? You might think this is an easy question to answer; only one game is top of the tree these days, Fortnite. Well, you could also say something like League of Legends or Call of Duty, but you’d still be wrong.
In an interview with the Verge, YouTube head of gaming, Ryan Wyatt aka ‘Fwizz’ revealed what the number one game on the platform was. The answer is not a Battle Royale game, and is not something that has been released in the last five years!
“Fortnite has certainly been a massive contributor to the growth on gaming, but Minecraft is still our biggest game globally,” Wyatt told the Verge, adding: “Fortnite has not taken off in every single market.”
Minecraft > Fortnite?
You might be thinking how is Fortnite not on top? Well, it might have to do with the fact that Minecraft had 74 million active players in December 2017. Fortnite, on the other hand, has only had a record active player count of 3.4 million which was thanks to the rocket launch.
Minecraft is still a game that is used by many high-ranking YouTubers such as, CaptainSparklez, LDShadowLady, and SmallishBeans still get hundreds of thousands of views.
Along with Minecraft, some of the biggest games on Youtube are mobile games, something which Wyatt believed is mostly thanks to how the emerging markets in Asia.
“It’s a very Westernized look when you look at just the Fortnite lens, of how big Fortnite has been,” Wyatt told The Verge. “But when you start to look at these other countries and regions, we actually see explosive growth from the mobile gaming category that’s pretty underrepresented in the West.”
“I think there are a lot of things that are happening outside of the US, outside of Western Europe, that are causing a lot of growth for gaming on YouTube that are kinda understated.”
Could Minecraft retain the number one spot? Well, with Call of Duty: BlackOut, Fallout 76 and Red Dead Redemption coming out later this year, they could be in trouble. As too could Fortnite.