Minecraft Dream star meets screaming fans after revealing face
The 23-year-old Minecraft Dream celebrity, who first appeared in front of more than 50 million fans on the Internet on Tuesday, met some of them in person at Twitch’s annual conference in San Diego on Wednesday. Six. Hundreds of his screaming followers lined up to see and photograph the internet superstar.
Dream, whose real name is Clay and whose last name is unknown, seemed overwhelmed by the reception.
“Good,” he said, when a moderator asked him how he was. Screams followed. “I just said” good. “” More screams. “I’m shaking,” he said. “I love you guys.” The screaming continued.
Minecraft celebrities have become wildly popular during the pandemic. In his videos, which regularly receive more than 20 million views, he has mastered the art and sport of playing. Microsoft Inc.’s best-selling computer game of all time, in which Lego-like characters can create any object or environment using simple blocks.
In his most popular videos, Dream is rising above a group of superstar YouTubers and Twitch broadcasters by creating solutions to obstacles from harmless bricks. Other times, he changes the game’s code to create weird, funny videos like “Minecraft, But Gravity Flips Every Minute” or action. theatrical plot with his friends on his own server.
“I feel like I did everything that you can do in that match,” Dream said in his first live interview.
Online, Dream is known to fans for its voice, Minecraft avatar, and deviant smiley image. In a digital-centric economy, where looks are the currency, Dream’s anonymity and massive popularity is an anomaly. He said it could have helped more than it hurt; he compares himself to Spider-Man, who can be anyone under the mask.
Make a living from Minecraft
As his channel grew, Dream, who said he quit his job at Apple Inc. and saved $20,000, spending days indoors at his computer, creating and curating content, editing videos, and playing games.
“I wake up, use the computer, get off the computer and eat, start the computer again, then jump into bed and maybe watch TV or something,” he said. That was his life for three years as he pursued success in the volatile content creation industry. In 2020, he became YouTube’s top “breakout” star, earning 12.5 million subscribers.
However, Dream’s growing notoriety cannot be completely separated from his real life. Fans know his voice and he lives in Orlando, Florida. For him, that was enough to create concern that people might recognize him.
“Even if it’s a 0.0001% chance, it’s not really worth it,” he said. “I want it to be my moment.”
“I would go to another state to go to the dentist,” he said. “I went to the movies and dinner with my mom for the first time in a long time – I went to Georgia.”
The moment of the dream is the waiter watching. To prepare, he says, he wants to look as good as possible, even hiring a makeup artist. In a video titled “Hello, I’m a Dream,” he removes his white smiley mask and greets his fans. “The first time I felt so awkward talking to the camera!” he said smiling – a handsome kid with flowing brown hair.
The video trended on social media, with fans and haters both posting live reactions and memes. His devotees were ecstatic. Others wanted to momentarily scrutinize everything about his appearance, from his jawline to the angle of his camera. # HESUGLY tend Twitter.
“I get a lot of my friends texting me like, ‘Are you okay?’ ‘, He say. “I was like, well, yeah, when you have 30 million eyeballs on you, a million, two million people are going to be joking or mean or not great people. When you use such a large pool, there will be a section. “
A Minecraft star meets his fans
At his TwitchCon panel, titled “Dream & Friends: The Ultimate SMP Reunion,” he and other Minecraft celebs were asked about everything from their favorite vegetables to the characters. “Breaking Bad” object. Countless disappointed fans turned away from the 400-capacity room. Those who waited to secure a spot inside brought hand-crafted stuffed animals and letters of gratitude.
“I went back to my room and started babbling.” He was overcome with emotion. It’s not that there are too many people, he said. “I’ve never felt this feeling before — happy but overwhelmed” Wow, this is real, this is my life. “My mother helped me calm down.
What drives Dream to reveal his face is his excitement about enjoying real life with his friends, some of whom he only knows online and who don’t know what he looks like.
The online celebrity has a lot of ideas about how his life will turn out next. In general, his content will remain game-focused, but he’s more interested in “incorporating games into real life”. He joked about being able to beat Minecraft on the plane.
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