Dream (YouTuber)

Dream (born August 12, 1999)[1][2] is an American[3] YouTuber and Twitch streamer who is known primarily for creating Minecraft content.

Dream's YouTube icon
Personal information
BornAugust 12, 1999 (age 22)
YouTube information
Also known as
  • DreamWasTaken
  • DreamTraps
Years active2014–present
  • 25.3 million (main)
  • 36.2 million (combined)[a]
Total views2.59 billion (combined)[b]
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

Updated: August 13, 2021

Dream gained substantial popularity in 2019 and 2020 having uploaded videos based around the game Minecraft. He is well known for his YouTube series Minecraft Manhunt and his speedruns of Minecraft.[4][5] Content created in his Dream SMP Minecraft server has also attracted considerable attention.[6] As of June 6, 2021, his seven YouTube channels have collectively reached over 36 million subscribers and over 2.59 billion views. YouTube awarded Dream the Streamy Award for Gaming in 2020.[7]

At the end of 2020, Dream was accused of cheating in a Minecraft speedrun, following an investigation by moderators from In May 2021, Dream admitted that his game had been modded during the speedruns in question, but also claimed to not have known that the mod was updated to increase chances of obtaining certain items.




Dream created his YouTube account on February 8, 2014[8] and started to upload content regularly in July 2019.[9] The first video on Dream's account that is still accessible involves him playing the game Minecraft poorly on purpose in order to "trigger" viewers.[9] As of January 2021, the video has amassed 10 million views.[2]

In July 2019, Dream figured out the seed of a Minecraft world YouTuber PewDiePie was playing on using reverse engineering techniques that Dream learned from online forums.[9] In November 2019, Dream uploaded a viral video titled "Minecraft, But Item Drops Are Random And Multiplied…" that has amassed 32 million views as of January 2021.[9] 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.[10]

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".[11] A livestream by Dream on YouTube in November 2020 with around 700,000 peak viewers was the 6th highest viewed gaming stream of all time as of January 2021.[12] 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".[13]

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 "He puts his keywords in the right places, capitalizes on trends, and makes thumbnails that fans want to click on."[9]

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.[14]

On December 26, 2019, Dream uploaded the first video in this series, titled "Beating Minecraft But My Friend Tries to Stop Me".[15] Dream would subsequently repeat this style of video on many occasions, increasing the number of Hunters over time.[14] Many of the videos have received tens of millions of views.[16] One of his Manhunt videos was sixth in YouTube's Top Trending Videos of 2020.[17]

Nicolas Perez, writing in 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."[14] Nathan Grayson, writing in Kotaku, said that Minecraft Manhunt had turned Dream "into a household name among Minecraft fans".[18] Gonzalo Cardona, writing for Ginx TV, said that Dream's Minecraft Manhunt had "inspired cult-like montages by fans".[2]

Dream SMP

Along with YouTubers Sapnap and GeorgeNotFound, Dream is a member of the "Dream Team". The group frequently collaborate to create new content.[19] In May 2020, the "Dream Team" created the Dream SMP, a private Survival Multiplayer (SMP) Minecraft server.[19][20] Over time, other prominent Minecraft content creators outside the "Dream Team" have been invited to the server, including TommyInnit and Wilbur Soot.

The Dream SMP has been noted for its roleplay, with major events being loosely scripted in advance and most other elements being improvisation, performed live on YouTube and Twitch.[21] Cecilia D'Anastasio of Wired described the Dream SMP as a form of live theatre and as a "Machiavellian political drama".[22] During January 2021, over 1 million people tuned into Dream SMP livestreams.[22]

Minecraft competitions

Throughout 2020, Dream was a prominent participant in Minecraft Championship, a monthly Minecraft competition organized by Noxcrew. In 2020, Dream came first in the 8th and 11th Minecraft Championships.[23] In September 2020, during the 10th Minecraft Championship, he played for charity, raising around $3,400.[24]

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.[25][26]

Public image and controversies

Opinion polls have shown that Dream is both 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 compared to 22.1% who had an unfavorable view.[4]

On January 1, 2021, Dream was doxed by fans who revealed the location of his house.[9] On January 7, Dream addressed the doxing and denied accusations made against him by his former girlfriend.[9]

On March 25, 2021, a clip resurfaced online from a now private video showing a Minecraft account with the username "Dream" saying the n-word. The clip garnered attention on Twitter and Reddit, with Dream tweeting in response that the person in the video is not him.[27]

On June 30, 2021, Dream announced that he had donated $140,000 ($90,000 from fan contributions and $50,000 from the Dream Team) to The Trevor Project, an LGBT youth charity.[28]

Speedrun cheating scandal

In early October 2020, Dream livestreamed speedrunning of Minecraft, submitting one of his times to, who awarded him 5th place for the record in the version "1.16+" "random seed" category.[13] Accusations of Dream cheating in these speedruns first arose on October 16, when another Minecraft speedrunner, in now deleted tweets, reported seeing higher drop rates for key items in one of the speedrunning attempts that Dream submitted.[29] Dream responded on October 29 in now deleted tweets, 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.[30]

On December 11, 2020, following a two-month investigation,'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 legitimately were 1 in 7.5 trillion.[13][29][31]

In a YouTube video, Dream maintained that the accusations were untrue. In response to the report by, Dream commissioned a report by an anonymous statistician that argued the actual odds of Dream obtaining the items legitimately were 1 in 10 million.[16][32] 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 tweet, Dream indicated that he would accept their decision without admitting fault.[29][30][32] On February 4, 2021, YouTube recreational mathematician Matt Parker published a video on the controversy supporting the conclusions of the moderators.[32]

On May 30, 2021, Dream said that he had a mod that altered item probabilities, saying he accidentally had modifications enabled. 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.[33] After becoming aware of the addition, he deleted his video response to the 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. I 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."[32]

Personal life

Having not revealed his face, Dream's real life identity and many aspects of his personal life are unknown.[9] As of 2021, Dream resides in Orlando, Florida.[2] Dream has spoken publicly about his diagnosis with ADHD.[34]


List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(with PmBata)
2021 87 70 75 TBA
"Mask" 96 43 38
"Change My Clothes"
(with Alec Benjamin)
List of music videos
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
As lead artist
"Mask" 2021 Xoriak [38]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2020 Streamy Awards Gaming Won [39]
Breakout Creator Nominated

See also


  1. ^ @dream (August 12, 2021). "thank you for all the birthday wishes 🥺 I love and appreciate all of uuuuuu❤️❤️❤️ and I have to... IM FEELING tWENTY TWOOOOO 😎" (Tweet). Retrieved August 12, 2021 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c d Cardona, Gonzalo (January 14, 2021). "Who is Dream? The story of Minecraft's unseen YouTuber" . Ginx TV. Retrieved July 20, 2021. Born on 12th August 1999 and residing in Orlando, Florida, Dream had always attempted to “peak” in two things: Minecraft and YouTube.
  3. ^ Ritchie, Stuart (July 2, 2021). "Why Are Gamers So Much Better Than Scientists at Catching Fraud?" . The Atlantic. Retrieved July 19, 2021. a U.S. YouTuber with more than 20 million subscribers who goes by the nom de game "Dream"
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  5. ^ Zwiezen, Zack (July 24, 2021). "Someone Brought A Dream SMP Minecraft Flag To An Anti-Vax Rally" . Kotaku. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
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  8. ^ Dream. "About" . YouTube. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Asarch, Steven (January 27, 2021). "Meet Dream, the mysterious Minecraft YouTuber who's one of the fastest-growing creators on the platform" . Business Insider. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  10. ^ Livingston, Christopher (January 13, 2020). "Watch this Minecraft player get shocked by a dog collar whenever he takes damage" . PC Gamer. Future plc. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  11. ^ Allocca, Kevin (December 1, 2020). "2020's top-trending videos and creators" . YouTube Official Blog. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  12. ^ "Here Are The Biggest Twitch And YouTube Livestreams Ever" . GameSpot. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  13. ^ a b c Hernandez, Patricia (December 15, 2020). "YouTube's big Minecraft cheating scandal, explained" . Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on December 15, 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  14. ^ a b c Perez, Nicolas (October 23, 2020). "Why Watching Dream Beat Minecraft Against the Odds Is So Addicting" . Paste Magazine. Archived from the original on January 7, 2021. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  15. ^ Dream (December 26, 2019). "Beating Minecraft, But My Friend Tries To Stop Me" . YouTube. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  16. ^ a b Boier, Peter (December 29, 2020). "Populær youtuber fanget i massivt stormvejr: Har han snydt?" [Popular YouTuber caught in massive storm: Has he cheated?]. DR (in Danish). Archived from the original on January 11, 2021. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  17. ^ Matt Patches (December 1, 2020). "YouTube announces the top videos and creators of 2020" . Polygon. Vox Media. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  18. ^ Grayson, Nathan (June 1, 2021). "Minecraft Megastar Admits To Cheating After Months Of Denial, Death Threats" . Kotaku. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  19. ^ a b Stachurski, Sophie (February 28, 2021). "The Great Revival: The Rise of Minecraft YouTube" . The Georgetown Voice. Archived from the original on February 28, 2021. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  20. ^ Çakır, Gökhan (January 1, 2021). "What is the Dream SMP?" . Dot Esports. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  21. ^ Arsach, Steven (January 25, 2021). "Minecraft's top streamers are taking over the internet with their exclusive roleplaying server called Dream SMP" . Insider. Archived from the original on March 18, 2021. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  22. ^ a b D'Anastasio, Cecilia (January 12, 2021). "In Minecraft's Dream SMP, All the Server's a Stage" . Wired. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  23. ^ Michael, Cale (September 26, 2020). "Minecraft – All MC Championship Winners" . Dot Esports. Gamurs. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  24. ^ Michael, Cale (September 26, 2020). "The best of MC Championship 10: Pokimane learns the game, Dream plays for charity, and more" . Dot Esports. Gamurs. Archived from the original on January 3, 2021. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  25. ^ "MrBeast Burger Releases New Dream Burger" . QSR. Archived from the original on April 29, 2021. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  26. ^ "MrBeast Burger Introduces Limited-Edition Sandwich With 'Minecraft' YouTuber Dream" . Tubefilter. Archived from the original on June 9, 2021. Retrieved June 9, 2021.
  27. ^ Asarch, Steven (March 26, 2021). "The Minecraft community is in turmoil as YouTube star Dream continues to court controversy" . Business Insider. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  28. ^ Galloway, Ryan (July 1, 2021). "Dream donates $140,000 to LGBTQIA+ charity with proceeds from Pride month streams" . Dot Esports. Retrieved July 3, 2021.
  29. ^ a b c Watts, Rachel (January 7, 2021). "A brief summary of the cheating scandal surrounding YouTube's biggest Minecraft speedrunner" . PC Gamer. Future plc. Archived from the original on January 7, 2021. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  30. ^ a b Alford, Aaron (January 1, 2021). "Dream Minecraft speedrun controversy: A history of events" . Dot Esports. Gamurs. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  31. ^ Asarch, Steven (January 27, 2021). "Meet Dream, the mysterious Minecraft YouTuber who's one of the fastest-growing creators on the platform" . Insider. Archived from the original on March 18, 2021. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  32. ^ a b c d Orland, Kyle (June 2, 2021). "After months of drama, Minecraft speedrunner Dream admits he used mods" . Ars Technica. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  33. ^ Gault, Matthew (June 1, 2021). "Huge 'Minecraft' Streamer 'Dream' Embroiled in Bizarre Speedrunning Scandal" . Vice. Archived from the original on June 1, 2021. Retrieved June 1, 2021.
  34. ^ "Dream slams those who criticize him for not taking ADHD prescription" . GINX. June 9, 2021. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  35. ^ Peaks in Canada:
  36. ^ "Discography Dream" . Archived from the original on March 18, 2021. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  37. ^ "Dream | full Official Charts History" . Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on June 30, 2019. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  38. ^ "Dream - Mask (Official Music Video)" . Retrieved June 9, 2021 – via YouTube.
  39. ^ "10th Annual Streamy Nominees" . The Streamy Awards. 2020. Archived from the original on December 14, 2020. Retrieved October 21, 2020.


  1. ^ Subscribers, broken down by channel:
    • 25.3 million (Dream)
    • 4.11 million (DreamXD)
    • 2.28 million (Dream Team)
    • 1.90 million (Dream Shorts)
    • 1.54 million (Dream Music)
    • 745,000 (Minecraft Manhunt)
    • 387,000 (Dream Tech)
  2. ^ Views, broken down by channel:
    • 2.12 billion (Dream)
    • 196 million (DreamXD)
    • 29.8 million (Dream Team)
    • 181 million (Dream Shorts)
    • 58.2 million (Dream Music)
    • 1.58 million (Minecraft Manhunt)
    • 3.86 million (Dream Tech)

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