Dream—also known as DreamWasTaken—is one of the biggest Minecraft superstars on YouTube.
He is most well-known for his Minecraft challenge and Minecraft mystery videos, and was nominated in the Streamy Awards 2020 lineup in the Gaming and Breakout Creator categories.
The American gaming sensation is famous for two reasons: he’s one of the best Minecraft gamers in the world, and he went from 1,000 to 9 million subscribers in less than a year.
As of 2021, he had amassed 24.5 million subscribers and 2 billion video views.
So what’s the big deal? Who is Dream and how did he get so popular?
We’ll show you.
The Origin Story
Dream—whose real name is Clay—was born on August 12, 1999, in the US.
He is notoriously private with his personal information, and hasn’t even revealed his face to his fans to date.
He doesn’t talk about a girlfriend, and his super-sleuth fans haven’t been able to confirm if he is seeing anyone.
Dream grew up with two sisters and a brother, and played football, basketball, and soccer throughout his childhood and teen years.
After he graduated from college, Clay struggled to find a job in his field.
He went to work for AppleCare instead.
The Mystery Man
In January of 2021, Dream posted a short clip to Twitter. In the clip, he was holding a smiley face mask up to his face. Fans took that to mean he’d be revealing his face.
He did not reveal his face.
Angry and frustrated at what one fan decided was click baiting, she took to Zillow—the online real estate site—to work out where his house was. Believing she’d found it, she posted it on multiple social media platforms.
Not content with doxing their favorite influencers, Dream has also been the victim of swatting.
Swatting involves someone falsely calling emergency services to your home—and is a common form of harassment when internet fans find the address of their favorite social media stars.
Many of Dream’s fans feel like his secrecy over his identity—and the identities of his family—are well placed. Given the harassment he already receives, they reason that it would only get worse if he revealed himself.
In mid-2021, he was caught in the crossfire again.
An overzealous fan stalked Facebook pages until he found what he believed to be a photo of Dream.
He shared it across social media, and a segment of his 24 million-fan following accused him of catfishing.
And it’s not just his outward identity that triggers problems with his viewers.
After appearing in an Anthony Padilla Q&A, Dream got slammed for admitting that he had ADHD, and that he was no longer taking medication for it.
A Meteoric Rise to Fame
Dream originally launched his YouTube channel in 2014, when he was just 15 years old.
Having always been an avid gamer, Minecraft became his game of choice.
He began posting videos of his Minecraft gameplay, walkthroughs, tips, and reactions to events and achievements in-game.
He was also moderating BadBoyHalo’s Minecraft and Discord servers at the time.
In 2019, he got his first breakthrough with a video titled, “this cursed Minecraft video will trigger you…” It worked—he experienced exponential growth almost immediately.
Minecraft was experiencing a major surge in popularity at the time, and Dream was well-positioned to go along for the ride.
His Minecraft Speedrunner VS # hunters series caught young gamers’ attention…and, eventually, some of those videos had more than 90 million views.
Videos like Minecraft Speedrunner VS 4 Hunters racked up more than 70 million views in less than a year, making Dream one of the most influential gamers on the platform.
The Circle of Life
Speaking of influential gamers—everyone knows PewDiePie.
Years ago, Dream created a video where he used PewDiePie’s image to clickbait fans and boost viewership.
Then, in July of 2021, once Dream had hit the 24 million subscriber mark, he noticed that YouTube had—in his words—gone full circle.
PewDiePie used Dream’s name to clickbait viewers into watching his content.
Dream commented jokingly that the insanely famous YouTube personality was “using me for clickbait” and linked to the video.
While Dream may have grown quickly—earning most of his 24 million followers in the past 24 months—he’s a far cry from PewDiePie’s 110 million subscribers.
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Friends in High Places
Dream moderated BadBoyHalo’s Discord server for a while.
The two are friends, so why not help out a friend, right?
That seems to be part of the Dream ethos.
He also collaborates frequently with his other friends—like Sapnap and GeorgeNotFound.
In fact, one of his gamer group’s most recognizable catchphrases is “Geeooooorgeeeee” when someone dies in-game. This is a reference to GeorgeNotFound.
Dream also screams, “Come here, George!” mid-game, when he’s trying to find his friend.
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Dream – Net Worth
Dream earned most of his wealth from selling merch on his website (dream.shop), sponsors (in November 2020, Dream got his first sponsor), and ads on YouTube.
On YouTube, Dream has more than 1.97 billion views, meaning about $5 million in revenue before taxes.
Therefore, YouTuber Dream has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Have you watched a Dream live stream? If not, start with this one—it’s got 94 million views.
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