With 3.9bn Views In March, Minecraft Topped Game Franchise On YouTube
Research firms Newzoo and Octoly have published a chart after tracking views of YouTube game videos. According to this chart, Minecraft is still the most popular game franchise on YouTube. Considering only the month of March 2015, viewership of the game about breaking and placing blocks exceeds 3.9bn views.
Minecraft leads every other game in the race with huge margin. For an instance, its views are 200 percent more than the second-placed Grand Theft Auto, videos of which were seen for 1.4bn times in the same month.
Surprisingly, Mobile game Five Nights at Freddy secured third position leaving behind the famous console franchises Call of Duty which notched 851m views. Electronic Art’s FIFA takes fourth place with 770m views.
Overall, the research firms tracked 20 biggest games franchises on YouTube. Collectively, these websites got 12.3bn video views in March. Which means that Minecraft’s contribution in YouTube’s entire games viewership was about 32%.
Interestingly, contribution of the games’ developers and publishers in Minecraft’s views was meager: just three percent as compared to 97% by sort of free lancing “fan-created videos.”
Although the chart compares YouTube games only but, even in general, popularity of games on YouTube is now a flourishing phenomenon. Recently, analytics firm OpenSlate for industry site Tubefilter produced a chart of the top 100 YouTube channels by views in February.
The chart revealed that most of the top channels were the games-related ones. The biggest star of 2014, gamer PewDiePie was however pushed to the second rank by FunToys Collector, which has become very popular due to its interesting videos of unpacking of toys.