YouTube’s big year-end roundup for video games is largely in line with expectations: yes, Minecraft continues to dominate, Roblox drives quietly with and Fourteen days didn’t slow down a bit. Strangely enough, however the blog post All of the 2020 video game highlights on the platform also have a list of the most viewed uploads – and some of them raise eyebrows.
One of the top videos of the year is straightforward with 197 million views go to a first person Minecraft sketch. There is a Between us Video in the top 8, which makes sense since it’s the most popular game right now. And we know that Grand Theft Auto 5 It’s constantly breaking sales records, so it naturally appears on a list of the biggest game videos on YouTube. Nothing unusual so far. You might be forgiven for asking what “Park madness
But then we come to a video called EM 3IN1 16: 9, gibberish that precedes the footage of a man who repeatedly fails to pass extremely simple puzzles. There is nothing entertaining or interesting about it; This is not a case of a funny bug or anything. But guess what? Ninety-nine million views, baby!
Polygon asked YouTube what the deal was and didn’t get an explanation in time for press. We also tried to contact the game developer, but many of the social channels and official websites seem to have not been touched or viewed by anyone in a while. The uploader, developer Top Games Inc., only has 7,000 subscribers on the platform, despite the fact that the Sensor Tower mobile app tracker claims the game in question is Evony
Another video in the top 8 list is just as confusing. “How to Loot | 230720 Angry Animal “received 207 million views on the platform, even though it is only 15 seconds long. As Evony Video, How To Loot, features a player who somehow fails a terribly simple puzzle that results in being eaten by a creature. Again, nothing is entertaining enough to warrant such an enormous number of views, and yet here we are.
Part of what makes this suspicious and strange is that the video is not listed. Unlisted videos on the platform can only be viewed if you have the link. Therefore, they are not published by the platform. Unlisted videos won’t appear in search results or on a channel’s page. Another reason it is fishy is that the video has a massive number of views with just three comments and hardly any likes or dislikes. It is as if no one is actively interacting with the video at all.
How is that possible? We asked a YouTube expert who had no explanation. We are also at a loss. The comments under the Evony Videos suggest that these videos may be advertisements that appear in free mobile games. And sure enough reviews from Evony At least let’s say the experience is full of ads, and one Sensor Tower user writes, “2 seconds of gameplay, then 60 seconds of ads. 2 seconds of playing time, then 60 seconds of advertising. 2 seconds of playing time, then 60 seconds of advertising. Do you see the pattern here? F *** her! “But that’s just a theory that we can’t currently confirm.
All of this said the official blog post It is worth reading to describe the game year on YouTubeas it is full of fun facts about what was thriving on the platform. Did you know that? FGTeeV was the biggest content creator of 2020 in terms of views? Or that the most popular gaming video of 2020 was about free-to-play games Ninjala? Unless otherwise noted, what is detailed by Google is evidence of just how big the YouTube ecosystem really is, as developers and games you may never have heard of continue to run gangbusters in their own niches.