Minecraft Breaks Fortnite’s Monopoly to Reach Exceptional Milestone

Published 01/21/2021, 8:34 AM EST


With over 201 billion views only on YouTube, Minecraft dominantly claimed its position as the most-watched game in 2020. It is still ruling the internet despite releasing ten years ago, and from the looks of it, this momentum will most likely continue even in 2021.

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Popular YouTuber TommyInnit recently streamed the Dream SMP finale, which peaked at a whopping 650,000 viewers. This is now the third-highest all-time concurrent viewer stream on Twitch, overtaking Ninja’s Fortnite collaboration with Drake.

Rod Breslau, on Twitter, informed the gaming community about Tommy’s record-breaking stream:

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Rod observed Minecraft has accomplished a feat that was exclusively held by Fortnite up till now. Minecraft is the first non-Fortnite game to enter the list of top 5 streams of all time. However, Spanish Fortnite creator TheGrefg still holds the top two spots with over 2.5 million and 660K peak viewers, respectively.

In another tweet, the eSports consultant put together the top YouTube and Twitch streams of all time:

Alongside the likes of LazarBeam, Ninja, TheGrefg, and El Rubius, TommyInnit’s Minecraft stream is the 8th biggest individual stream across YouTube and Twitch. It is worth noting that Minecraft and Fortnite comfortably hold the top 8 spots.

Fortnite to emulate Minecraft in 2021?

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Minecraft is an evergreen game. One of the primary reasons behind this undying popularity is its Creative mode, which lets the community build its own world with a surprising amount of flexibility. So much so that players have even spent years creating their masterpieces in Minecraft.

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The gaming community majorly claims that Fortnite is a ‘dead game’, but Epic Games looks certain of building a legacy for it in 2021. The developer will most probably do so by following Minecraft’s approach and enhancing Fortnite’s Creative mode.

Fortnite is all set to offer Unreal Engine 5 customization tools to the players in 2021. This implies that they can create their own maps from scratch and even customize any existing materials in the game. With this strategy, Fortnite looks forward to adding more genres of gaming under its name, such as Open World Action-Adventure, Social Simulation, and Survival.

A plethora of unexpected crossovers has already helped in popularizing Fortnite. This includes collaborations with Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and Travis Scott, among others.

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It will be interesting to see if Fortnite retains its top spot in terms of the highest peak viewers during a stream, or Minecraft will shock the world yet again in 2021.

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Aakrit Sharma

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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