Minecraft is still king as Fortnite lags behind with 40bn views on YouTube
Despite the immense and undeniable popularity behind free-to-play Fortnite, it would seem the Epic Games’ battle royale offering is still far from being the king of YouTube.
The video platform has released its annual end-of-year review revealing the most liked and most watched videos in an array of categories.
In the video game category, Fortnite nabbed an impressive second place – demonstrating that it still has more some degree of prowess on the site.
However, it has fallen short of Minecraft – a title which is vastly older than its second-placed rival – and while finishing just behind first is nothing to be looked down upon, it wasn’t even a close contest.
The 8-bit retro game amassed 40 billion more views than the Epic Games title.
Admittedly, Minecraft has enjoyed something akin to a renaissance this year with the world’s most popular streamers having revisited the game or playing it for the first time, sparking intense interest once more, such as Pewdiepie.
This is only supported by the fact Fortnite received 60 billion views in 2019 compared to Minecraft’s 100 billion.
The margin by which the latter won is even more impressive when considering the remaining games in the category couldn’t even get near the 40 billion views combined.
Interestingly, the battle royale title still reigns strong on live streaming platforms such as Twitch and Mixer.
This potentially demonstrates that faster-paced games are more frequently enjoyed when they are live compared to slower ones (such as Minecraft) which could be more entertaining when only the highlights are shown.
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