Dream, a Minecraft YouTuber and one of the common names on the web, has lastly revealed his face from behind a smiley-face masks that he used for eight years.
Dream is a giant deal within the on-line gaming group, having amassed over 30 million YouTube subscribers. A fast scroll by his YouTube channel reveals that within the final yr, his worst-performing video was considered over 14 million occasions, with most garnering round 40 million views. Practically each time Dream posts, he goes viral.
The 23-year-old YouTuber has been creating since 2014 and rose to fame by posting whimsical movies enjoying Minecraft — the world’s bestselling online game so far. He created his personal Minecraft server known as the Dream SMP (survival multiplayer) which Polygon calls “the Minecraft equal of a hype home” as a result of it permits different common online game creators to play collectively in their very own world whereas role-playing free narratives.
A few of these creators, together with TommyInnit and Philza, have been working with Dream for years regardless of by no means seeing his actual face. Within the run-up to Dream’s face reveal, he FaceTimed a few of these creator pals and allow them to get a primary have a look at what was behind the masks.
Web celebs like TikTok’s Addison Rae and YouTube’s Marques Brownlee posted excited reactions to seeing Dream’s face for the primary time in the course of the weekend — one thing Brownlee known as “one of the attention-grabbing social media campaigns I’ve ever seen.”
After driving this practice of hype over the weekend, Dream dropped the masks for all the world in a video posted Sunday night time.
“My identify is Clay, possibly you’ve heard of me, possibly not,” he mentioned from his recording studio. “Possibly you clicked on this video out of pure curiosity and also you don’t care who I’m. However now you’ve seen my face.”
Inside 14 hours of posting, Dream’s face reveal has been considered over 18 million occasions.
Dream defined that he was lastly letting go of his anonymity to be able to reside a extra public life and meet with pals in actual life with out worrying about his face being leaked.
“I’ve been bunkered up,” Dream mentioned. “The folks making an attempt to leak my face, looking for out what I seem like… it’s only a tiny bit an excessive amount of.”
In line with the video, Dream nonetheless received’t be exhibiting his face in his Minecraft “let’s performs” however he does plan on making “IRL content material” the place he movies in actual life together with his pals.
Dream’s story shouldn’t be distinctive on the Web, the place faceless YouTubers and Twitch streamers can see huge success regardless of by no means exhibiting their actual face. Actually, the anonymity may help gas fan engagement as viewers members speculate and obsess over what their favorite creator is like in actual life.
Dream ended his face reveal video by telling his viewers that he’s “dwelling proof” that anybody can obtain success.
“Anybody might be underneath the masks and I don’t need my face reveal to remove from that reality,” he mentioned. “Dream may have been anybody from anyplace.”
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