Despite never playing Minecraft, I know who Dream is. Minecraft streamers and YouTubers are some of the most popular internet creators.
Dream, who had never shown his real face to fans or friends until tonight, maybe the most popular.
Dream’s face reveal was a big deal for his community and Minecraft. The dream has 5.6 million Twitter followers, 3.1 million Instagram followers, and 30.4 million YouTube subscribers. Ninja has 23.8 million in Fortnite. He has 4.1 million. She has 47.5 million. Dream matters.
Before this reveal, he facetimed many of his gaming friends for the first time, and they all posted their reactions to his face, but the audience reveal was saved until tonight and premiered on YouTube with 1.2 million people tuning in. This is the 2022 celebrity. It’s faceless.
A few big YouTubers are anonymous. Corpse Husband is another gaming figure who has never intentionally revealed his face, but Dream is the biggest. I remember when face reveals were common on YouTube and Twitch before most streamers went live with boxes of themselves in the corner, but these days if you’re streaming,
you’re probably doing it with your own face, albeit not your own name. Vtubing, where players control virtual avatars synced to their real-life movements, is an exception. It’s “metaverse,” if you must.
Dream decided to do this now because one of his friends is moving to America, and he’s tired of being “bunked up.” It allows him to create more content and hang out with friends without secrecy or leaks. Being hidden this long must be exhausting. I don’t envy a 23-year-old revealing their face to 30 million people after years of speculation, even if they’re good-looking kids. We’ll see what Dream does next and how often we see him in this new era.