Streaming platforms have exploded in popularity over the past few years. Many prefer to watch and interact with streamers as they're playing. Though the number of streaming platforms is increasing, others prefer to stick with YouTube. Video creators can edit content with exciting effects, making them similar to mini-movies. \r\n\r\nYouTube is a video sharing platform with a variety of categories. Video games remain one of the most popular categories on the platform. With the end of the year (and decade) approaching, YouTube has released its annual YouTube Rewind video for 2019.\r\n\r\n[embed]https:\/\/youtu.be\/2lAe1cqCOXo[\/embed]\r\n\r\nYoutube Rewind offers a brief look into the past 12 years of the platform. Users can watch which topics and people were the most popular over the year. The video game category appears around 2:30.\r\n\r\nOne of the topics in the video game was the most-watched video games of the year in the world. Mojang's <em>Minecraft<\/em> was the most popular game of the year. <em>Minecraft<\/em> enjoyed over 100.2 billion views in 2019. Games may wonder why so many would want to watch others play <em>Minecraft<\/em>. The videos aren't just "Let's Plays." Many create unique worlds using mods or tell immersive stories. Viewers become invested in their stories and return to watch more.\r\n\r\nThe surge in views may be due to PewDiePie's return to the series. The YouTuber began posting <em>Minecraft<\/em>-related videos in mid-2019.\r\n\r\nThe official YouTube Rewind page credits PewDiePie for the huge boost in views: "Despite its long history of popularity, <em>Minecraft<\/em> experienced a marked increase in attention this year. Its resurgence paralleled the decision by YouTube's most subscribed creator, PewDiePie, to re-engage with the game in late June. The month after PewDiePie posted "<em>Minecraft<\/em> Part 1" -- his first <em>Minecraft<\/em> video in years -- uploads of videos related to the game reached an all-time high. And <em>Minecraft<\/em>, once again, returned to its place atop the most-viewed games of the year list."\r\n\r\nPewDiePie also crossed over 100 million subscribers on YouTube, which may be why <em>Minecraft<\/em> once again surged to the top of the Most-Watched Video Game list.\r\n\r\nThe YouTube Rewind video highlighted the top five most viewed games. In second place was <em>Fortnite<\/em>, with 60.9 billion views. <em>Gardena Free Fire<\/em> pulled in 29.9 billion views in 2019 with <em>Grand Theft Auto 5<\/em> in fifth place, with 36.9 billion views. <em>Roblox<\/em> was the fifth most-watched video game at 29.6 billion views.