Youtube Trends of 2020

Youtube Trends of 2020

Michael Fisher, Li Jiang, and Shreyas Nair

The quarantine left America with a lot of free time, so people started getting creative. Cooking, baking, exercising, gaming, and reading were a few of the many hobbies that people took up during the spring and summer. Some binge-watched everything on Netflix, others spent days on end taking care of their island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. A lot of people found themselves spending more time on YouTube, a free online video sharing platform. Some popular creators make their living off of viral videos, and with nothing else to do, people made more videos and people watched more videos, which led to some unusual trends and content this year. Here are the top trends of YouTube 2020.

Most of the big youtubers that grew in 2020 were not just gaming, however. Content Creators like Mr. Beast and Dude Perfect have grown from already big numbers to even bigger ones in 2020. Just recently, Mr. Beast hit 50 million subscribers which is an insane milestone. Mr. Beast grew popular for his insane challenge and giveaway videos, where he would give thousands upon thousands of dollars to those who needed, even one time buying out an entire store. Content creation has grown to new levels in 2020 and we can only expect to grow more from there.

Many You Tubers grew in popularity by streaming a game called Among Us. Shortly after the fall of Fall Guys, the two-year old game exploded on both it’s free mobile version and it’s five dollar PC download (available on Steam). The gameplay is simple: Imposters attempt to kill Crewmates without getting caught and without letting the Crewmates finish a series of minigames called tasks. The crewmates win if they catch both Imposters or if they finish all of their tasks, and the Imposters win if they manage to kill or eject six crewmates. The gameplay allows for any group of friends to have fun while lying and murdering each other.

Many youtubers, through both Among Us content and Among Us streams, have grown tremendously. Gamers like Sykkuno, Valkyrae, Pokimane, Toast, and Corpse husband now upload mostly Among Us content and play regularly with big youtubers.

Apart from the big name Youtubers that we have mentioned above, other Youtubers had reaped big subscriber count and viewers. Tommyinnit is the perfect example of this, at the beginning of 2020 he had a total of 1,872,000 views, and now he has a total of 136,104,000 views that is a huge jump in a total span of a year. The same can be said about his subscriber count, at the start of 2020 Tommyinnit had a total of 100,000 subscribers, and by the end of 2020 he has a stunning total of around 5.68 million subscribers. All of this data has proven that many small Youtubers have blown up in sub count during 2020.

The Dream SMP is a Minecraft server that was started by the famous Minecraft Youtuber, Dream. The server started with only Dream and his friends, Sapnap, GeorgeNotFound, and BadBoyHalo, but other big names in the Minecraft community also joined, including Tommy Innit, WiblurSoot, Tubbo, Fundy, Technoblade, Ph1LzA, and more. The server has gained popularity on YouTube, is due to the drama and big names that are a part of the Dream SMP. The server’s purpose is for big names to know each other and to make videos. The Dream SMP’s lore is centered around the rivalry between Tommyinnit and Dream over the 2 discs, they have fought 2 “wars’ over them and will most likely continue to start more conflict between the 2. The Dream SMP lore is still continuing and will most likely continue for the near future.

To sum it up, 2020 has been a very big year for YouTube. Many other different kinds of youtubers grew and developed huge fanbases. While 2020 may have been a terrible year worldwide, the spare time allowed for YouTube to keep entertaining and for it’s creators to continue making incredible content.