What is YouTube celebrating today as logo shows one trillion?

Yasmine Leung December 15, 2021
What is YouTube celebrating today as logo shows one trillion?
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YouTube’s logo is looking a little different today, with one trillion next to its iconic play button. So, what is the platform celebrating today?

YouTube rarely changes its logo but, when it does, every user is wondering what’s going on.

The last memorable logo change came in February 2021 for Black History Month, to celebrate black excellence and as a tribute to leading figures in the African diaspora.

Today’s change isn’t as significant a subject as that, but it definitely remains a milestone.

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What is YouTube celebrating today?

Don’t worry, you haven’t overslept into the distant future, YouTube isn’t celebrating its one trillionth anniversary but the platform is celebrating one trillion views on Minecraft content. That’s a whopping 12 zeros!

The game has blown up so much creators have accumulated that many views, and most of them probably come from Dream or Mr Beast. The latter isn’t even a Minecraft YouTuber, he’s just that huge.

To commemorate the milestone, YouTube’s Instagram is sharing the top Minecraft creators and their favourite highlights with #MinecraftMuseum. Head over there to see the likes of Tiffyquake and Prestonplayz.

Another cool feature is the interactive site where you can calculate your contribution to the one trillion views, view the top trends by region and view the Minecraft creators who have made the most impact.

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Minecraft galore

Log on to any platform and you’ll probably see something related to Minecraft. The fact Dream SMP is a genre on Spotify Wrapped really is testimony to how it’s taken over.

The game dropped in November 2011 and has become the best-selling video game of all time, with more than 238 million copies sold.

In 2018, there were 91 million monthly active players but in just three years, that has increased to almost 126 million monthly active users as of 2021. Like all games, user figures rose during the pandemic so it’s not surprising it came out on top.

Dream has dominated the YouTube Minecraft scene thanks to his exclusive Dream SMP server. Teaming up with the likes of GeorgeNotFound, TommyInnit and Tubbo, he currently has 27.6 million subscribers.

As well as the online world, the game has become a one-way ticket to sales, with many brands and products teaming up to create merch. We’re talking Uno cards, plushies, books and Funko Pops – Target even has its own category for it.

8 top Minecraft creators

  • Mr Beast
  • Dream
  • Frost Diamond
  • Preston Playz
  • Aphmau 
  • TommyInnit
  • MsMunchie
  • BriannaPlayz
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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.