Demand for “Minecraft” videos is huge. It’s the most-searched-for term on YouTube after “music.”
Turns out, the supply is just as vast. YouTube said Wednesday it stocks 42 million videos related to the virtual-world building game “Minecraft,” the most-watched game on YouTube over the last decade based on total viewing time. It’s followed by “Grand Theft Auto” and “League of Legends.”
YouTube announced the statistics as part of its 10th anniversary festivities, making it clear that Amazon.com’s highly successful Twitch.tv video operation isn’t the only game-streaming heavyweight. (Each day, millions of people watch other people play video games on YouTube and Twitch.tv.)
In November, Google-owned YouTube hired Ryan Wyatt, a popular gaming commentator, as global head of gaming. It’s working to improve live-streaming tools for gamers. And it’s celebrating Wednesday as “Let’s Play Day,” an homage to videos of people playing a game while chatting about their actions.
YouTube said Let’s Play video producer Markiplier has been searched for on YouTube 10 times more often than singer Jay-Z over the past year. He now has 7 million subscribers.
Other highly watched game series include “Call of Duty,” “FIFA,” “The Sims” and “Five Nights at Freddy’s.” Lesser-known titles on the top 10: building game “Garry’s Mod” and puzzle-and-fighting combination “Puzzles & Dragons.”
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