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Dream
Dream icon.svg
Dream's YouTube icon
Personal information
Born (1999-08-12) August 12, 1999 (age 23)
Occupation
YouTube information
Also known as
  • DreamWasTaken
  • DreamTraps
Channel
Years active2014–present
GenreGaming
Subscribers
  • 30.1 million (main channel)
  • 41.96 million (combined)[a][1]
Total views
  • 2.69 billion (main channel)
  • 3.29 billion (combined)[b][1]
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2019, 2020, 2021
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2019, 2020, 2021
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2020
Twitch information
Channel
GenreGaming
Games
Followers
  • 6.07 million (main channel)
  • 942.51 thousand (dreamwastaken)
  • 7.01 million (combined)
Total views
  • 17.29 million (main channel)
  • 1.71 million (dreamwastaken)
  • 19.01 million (combined)

Last updated: September 10, 2022

Dream (born August 12, 1999[2]) is an American[3] YouTuber and Twitch streamer who is known primarily for creating Minecraft content.

Dream gained substantial popularity in 2019 and 2020. He is well known for his YouTube series "Minecraft Manhunt" and for his Minecraft speedruns,[4][5] in which he was accused of cheating in late 2020. Dream later admitted to using game modifications, but maintained that he used them unintentionally during his single-player speedruns, intending for them to only apply during his multiplayer Minecraft Manhunt videos. Content created in the Dream SMP, Dream's invite-only survival multiplayer (SMP) Minecraft server that stars content creators engaged in roleplay, has also attracted considerable attention.[6]

As of September 10, 2022, his seven YouTube channels have collectively reached over 41.96 million subscribers[a] and over 3.29 billion views,[b] and his two Twitch channels have collectively gained 7.01 million followers[c] and 19.01 million views.[d] YouTube awarded Dream the Streamy Award for Gaming in both 2020 and 2021.

Career

YouTube

Dream created his YouTube account on February 8, 2014,[7] and started to upload content regularly in July 2019.[8] The oldest video on Dream's account that is still accessible involves him playing the game Minecraft poorly on purpose in order to "trigger" viewers.[8] As of December 2021, the video has amassed 16 million views.[2]

In July 2019, Dream figured out the seed of a Minecraft world YouTuber PewDiePie was playing on by using reverse engineering techniques that Dream learned from online forums.[8] In November 2019, Dream uploaded a viral video titled "Minecraft, But Item Drops Are Random And Multiplied…" that has amassed 49 million views as of January 2021.[8] In January 2020, Dream uploaded a video in which he and another YouTuber, GeorgeNotFound, connected an Arduino board to an electric dog collar, which emitted an electric shock whenever a player lost health in Minecraft.[9]

In December 2020, in place of their annual YouTube Rewind series, YouTube released a list of their top-trending videos and creators. On the U.S. list, YouTube ranked Dream's "Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters GRAND FINALE" video as the number seven "Top Trending Video", and ranked Dream as the number two "Top Creator" and number one "Breakout Creator".[10] A livestream by Dream on YouTube in November 2020 with about 700,000 peak viewers was the 6th highest viewed gaming stream of all time as of January 2021.[11] A December 2020 Polygon article stated that "2020 has been a tremendous year for Dream", describing him as "YouTube's biggest gaming channel of the moment".[12]

In a January 2021 article, Steven Asarch of Business Insider attributed Dream's growth during 2019 and 2020 "to his understanding of the YouTube algorithm", noting that "[h]e puts his keywords in the right places, capitalizes on trends, and makes thumbnails that fans want to click on."[8]

Dream is a member of the "Dream Team", along with fellow YouTubers Sapnap and GeorgeNotFound. The group frequently collaborate to create new content.[13] Dream also had a friendly rivalry with fellow Minecraft YouTuber Technoblade before his death, as they each had a contested recognition for the title of "best Minecraft player".[14]

Minecraft Manhunt

Dream's most well-known and most-watched series is "Minecraft Manhunt". In Minecraft Manhunt, one player—usually Dream—attempts to finish the game as fast as possible without dying, while another player or team of players (the "Hunters") attempts to stop this player from beating the game by killing them. The hunters each possess a compass pointed towards the player's location and are allowed to respawn whenever they die. The hunters win the game if the player dies before beating the Ender Dragon.[15]

On December 26, 2019, Dream uploaded the first video in this series, titled "Beating Minecraft But My Friend Tries to Stop Me".[16] Dream subsequently repeated this style of video on many occasions, increasing the number of Hunters over time.[15] On February 26, 2022, Dream uploaded the final Minecraft Manhunt, but he hinted at bringing back the series in the future. Dream also said that he and the hunters would do a real-life Minecraft Manhunt if the final video gets 2 million likes.[17]

Many of the Minecraft Manhunt videos have received tens of millions of views,[18] with one of them ranking sixth in YouTube's Top Trending Videos of 2020.[19] As of February 2022, the most-viewed in Dream's Minecraft Manhunt series has 108 million views.[17]

The series has received many positive reviews. Urian B. wrote in Tech Times that Minecraft Manhunt "requires not only mastery of the terrain but also the ability to think fast on your feet while different choices present themselves with only milliseconds of time for decision making. This is something that Dream is good at, split second decision making."[20] Nicolas Perez from Paste described Minecraft Manhunt as "an experience that leaves me slack-jawed every time", stating that the format of Minecraft Manhunt "seems to guarantee the hunters come out on top. But more often than not, Dream pulls just enough aces out of his sleeve to narrowly beat the hunters, and eventually the game."[15] Gonzalo Cardona, writing for Ginx TV, noted that Minecraft Manhunt had "inspired cult-like montages by fans".[2] Nathan Grayson, writing for Kotaku, said that Minecraft Manhunt had turned Dream "into a household name among Minecraft fans".[21]

Dream SMP

In April 2020, shortly after the release of Minecraft snapshot 20w17a, Dream and George created the Dream SMP, a private Survival Multiplayer (SMP) Minecraft server.[13][22][23][24] Over time, other prominent Minecraft content creators outside of the "Dream Team" have been invited to the server, including TommyInnit, Technoblade, and Wilbur Soot.

The Dream SMP has become very well-known. Its main draw, according to fans, is the roleplay, with major events being loosely scripted in advance and most other elements being improvisation, performed live on YouTube and Twitch.[25] Cecilia D'Anastasio of Wired described the Dream SMP as a form of live theatre and as a "Machiavellian political drama".[26] During January 2021, over 1 million people tuned into Dream SMP livestreams.[26]

Minecraft competitions

Throughout 2020, Dream was a prominent participant in "Minecraft Championship", a monthly Minecraft competition organized by Noxcrew. He won first in both the 8th and 11th Minecraft Championships.[27] In September 2020, during the 10th Minecraft Championship, he played for charity and raised around $3,400.[28]

Music

On February 4, 2021, Dream released his first song, entitled "Roadtrip", in collaboration with PmBata, which garnered over 25 million views on YouTube.[29][30] On May 20, 2021, Dream released his second song, entitled "Mask", which garnered over 24.7 million views on YouTube.[31] An animated music video for "Mask" was released in June of the same year, though it was later deleted.[30] This may be due to the criticism the song and music video received about the lyrics and animation.[30] On August 19, 2021, Dream released his third song, entitled "Change My Clothes", in collaboration with American singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin, which garnered over 8.3 million views on YouTube.[32]

Dream Burger

On April 26, 2021, as a collaboration with Dream, fellow YouTuber MrBeast's fast-food restaurant chain MrBeast Burger released the Dream Burger as a limited-time addition to its menu.[33][34]

Public image and controversies

Dream is purported to be one of the most liked and disliked YouTubers on the platform, with a 2021 SurveyMonkey poll showing that 59.7% of respondents have a favorable view of him and 22.1% who have an unfavorable view.[5]

On January 1, 2021, Dream was doxed.[8] On January 7, Dream addressed the doxing and denied accusations made against him by his ex-girlfriend.[8]

On March 25, 2021, a clip resurfaced online from a now private video showing a Minecraft account with the username "Dream" saying the word "nigger". The clip garnered attention on Twitter and Reddit. Dream posted a on Twitter in response, clarifying that the person in the video is not him.[35]

In June 2021, Dream was criticized for announcing that all revenue generated by his streams in June would go to the charity, with critics claiming he did not stream for more than a single day that month.[36] Dream had streamed multiple times on different platforms during the month of June, including at least four streams on Discord, where he encouraged fans to subscribe and donate to his Twitch channel.[37][38] On June 30, 2021, Dream announced that he had donated US$140,000 (US$90,000 from fan contributions and US$50,000 from the Dream Team) to The Trevor Project, an LGBT youth charity.[39]

In response to fellow YouTuber Technoblade's cancer diagnosis, Dream donated US$21,409 to cancer research in late August 2021.[40]

Speedrun cheating scandal

In early October 2020, Dream livestreamed himself Speedrunning Minecraft, and submitted one of his times to speedrun.com. He was awarded with 5th place at the time in the "1.16+ random seed glitchless" category.[12] Accusations of Dream cheating in these speedruns first arose on October 16, when another Minecraft speedrunner, in now deleted Twitter posts, reported seeing higher drop rates for key items in one of the speedrunning attempts that Dream submitted.[41] Dream responded on October 29 in now deleted Twitter posts, arguing that he had no reason to cheat, that he did not possess the coding knowledge to raise drop rates, and that the data was cherry picked.[42]

On December 11, 2020, following a two-month investigation, speedrun.com's Minecraft verification team removed his submission from the leaderboards. The team published a report, along with a 14-minute video to YouTube, analyzing six archived livestreams of speedrunning sessions by Dream from around the time of the record. The team concluded that the game had been modified to make the chance of obtaining certain items needed to complete the game higher than normal; they argued the odds of obtaining the items in a legitimate way were 1 in 7.5 trillion.[12][41][43] In response, Dream called the investigation clickbait and claimed that it was flawed enough that some members of speedrun.com's moderation team threatened to quit over it. Speedrun.com moderator Geosquare denied the accusation, saying "All moderators voted unanimously in our decision and no one is threatening to leave in protest", and "From everything we know that [claim] is unsubstantiated or complete hyperbole."[12]

In a YouTube video, Dream maintained that the accusations of his cheating were untrue. In response to the report by speedrun.com, Dream commissioned a report by an anonymous statistician, who Dream claimed was an astrophysicist, that argued the actual odds of Dream obtaining the items legitimately were 1 in 10 million.[18][44] Dot Esports said that the report did not exonerate him, and "at most" suggested it was not impossible that he was lucky. The moderation team stood by their ruling and issued a rebuttal to Dream's report. In a Twitter post, Dream indicated that he would accept their decision without admitting fault.[41][42][44] On February 4, 2021, YouTube recreational mathematician Matt Parker published a video on the controversy supporting the conclusions of the moderators.[44]

On May 30, 2021, in a written statement, Dream stated that he had in fact been using a "disallowed modification" that altered item drop probabilities, although he maintained that the addition of the modification was unintentional. According to him, this discrepancy was a result of an unknown change to a client mod written for his YouTube channel. In his statement, he said that the item modifications were changed by the developer of the mod, and said that he was unaware of the addition until February 2021.[45] After becoming aware of the addition, he deleted his video response to the speedrun.com moderators. Dream explained that he did not mention his discovery of the addition publicly back then because he "felt like the community had been through enough drama and that it was pointless". He also "didn't want to be the center of controversy for the hundredth time" and that he figured "it would be a story I would tell in a few years when no one really cared."[44]

Personal life

Having not revealed his face, Dream's real life identity and many aspects of his personal life are unknown.[8] In 2021, he revealed that his first name is "Clay".[46] As of 2021, Dream resides in Orlando, Florida.[2] Dream has spoken publicly about his diagnosis with ADHD.[47] Dream is agnostic.[48][better source needed]

On September 19, 2022, Dream stated that the next video he uploads will be him revealing his face to the public for the first time.[49]

Discography

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN
[50]
IRE
[51]
SWE
Heat.

[52]
UK
[53]
"Roadtrip"
(with PmBata)
2021 87 70 75 TBA
"Mask" 96 43 38
"Change My Clothes"
(with Alec Benjamin)
70 13 67
List of music videos
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
As lead artist
"Mask" 2021 Xoriak [54]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2020 Streamy Awards Gaming Won [55]
Breakout Creator Nominated
2021 Streamy Awards Gaming Won [56]
Creator of the Year Nominated
The Game Awards Content Creator of the Year Won [57]
Publication Year World record R. Status Ref.
Guinness World Records 2022 Most subscribers for a dedicated Minecraft channel on YouTube Record [58]
Most viewed Minecraft gameplay video on YouTube Record

Filmography

Music video

Year Title Artist(s) Role Ref.
2022 "Dolls" Bella Poarch Himself [59]

See also

References

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Notes

  1. ^ a b Subscribers, broken down by channel:
    30.10 million (Dream)
    4.51 million (DreamXD)
    2.42 million (Dream Team)
    1.99 million (Dream Shorts)
    1.70 million (Dream Music)
    863 thousand (Minecraft Manhunt)
    385 thousand (Dream Tech)
  2. ^ a b Views, broken down by channel:
    2.69 billion (Dream)
    256.64 million (DreamXD)
    33.10 million (Dream Team)
    227.43 million (Dream Shorts)
    71.35 million (Dream Music)
    3.14 million (Minecraft Manhunt)
    4.39 million (Dream Tech)
  3. ^ Followers, broken down by channel
    6.07 million (main channel)
    942.51 thousand (dreamwastaken)
  4. ^ Views, broken down by channel
    17.29 million (main channel)
    1.71 million (dreamwastaken)

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