Many would believe that Minecraft's influence has been felt far in the video game industry, even people who don't play games know at least of Minecraft due to its influence. \n \nNot only that, Minecraft has sold over 200 million copies and has 126 million players monthly, meaning its player base is vast and varies in demographic significantly. \n \n \n \nMinecraft not only has a large community for the main game, but Minecraft has also had spin-off games like Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Dungeons that have seen success on both the mobile and console markets. \n \nIn addition to the spin-off games, Minecraft has also been used to launch many streamers and YouTuber's careers since its inception, and one example would be Skeppy who currently has 2.96 million subscribers and only posts Minecraft content. \n \n \n \nThe World Video Game Hall of Fame was founded back in 2015 and is part of the Strong National Museum of Play. This Museum is located in Rochester, New York, and its previous inductees include DOOM, Halo, The Sims, and Microsoft Solitare. \n \nMinecraft is being inducted alongside games like Bejeweled, Centipede, and King's Quest, which are all games that are influential in gaming. \n \nThe process to nominate a game is an entirely public, and features a wide variety of different selection criteria ranging from longevity, reach and there is even a selection criteria labeled "Icon Status." This criteria is explained by a game being recognizable even to non-gamers and being an influence to pop culture. \n \nMinecraft was recognized not only for its gameplay, but it was called "perhaps the most innovative construction toy of all time." \n \nThis shows that Minecraft was picked for its large community but also its creative community. Minecraft's community grew exponentially during this pandemic and with the release of the educational version. \n \nMinecraft's community had built some fantastic buildings even recreated clubs during this pandemic, one example of this is when Elsewhere recreated its club in Minecraft and called it Elsewither. \n \nThe Educational version of Minecraft has also helped in Minecraft's growth during the pandemic as many schools are looking for alternative ways to teach students. \n \nSchools are looking for a way to not only teach students but also to keep students engaged and entertained with the subject matter. Minecraft is one of the games used during this pandemic that has seen the most use in this subject.