Minecraft Has Overtaken Fortnite — Here’s Why

Fortnite and Minecraft are two of the biggest games in the world, only in very different ways.

Over the past year on Twitch, Fortnite has enjoyed the most stream time, the most streamers, the highest number of average viewers and the highest number of average channels — it is, by all accounts, the biggest game in the world right now.

The PewDiePie Effect

One of the biggest reasons — if not the biggest — for Minecraft overtaking Fortnite is a large shift in the influencers of both games.

PewDiePie, the most-subscribed solo YouTuber in the world, uploaded a Minecraft video on June 21st. This was not his normal content, but many of his fans had been wanting him to play Minecraft for some time. Due to such a positive reaction, the majority of his content has been dedicated almost exclusively to Minecraft since then, which means that many of his viewers have flocked to the game.

Unwelcome Changes to Fortnite

Fortnite’s 10 thseason began on 1 August, and there was a huge backlash from the more competitive faction of players, including several key influencers. The backlash stemmed from the addition of BRUTE mechs, a new antagonistic force within the game that proved to be notoriously difficult to beat.

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In May 2019, Minecraft celebrated its 10 thbirthday.

Some Perspective

One of the things that makes Minecraft’s rise in popularity all the more impressive is that it isn’t actually free on most platforms, unlike Fortnite.

Minecraft and Fortnite Timeline

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