Minecraft is a huge gaming success that gained the attention of Microsoft, which eventually bought Mojang, the developer of Minecraft, for a whopping $2.5 billion.
Its celebrity status and intense video-driven fan base has prompted a documentary, called Minecraft: Into the Nether, which delves into the top Minecraft fans. Here are videos from five of the biggest Minecraft stars in play.
Stampylongnose (Joseph Garrett)
Stampylongnose, whose real name is Joseph Garrett, has gained millions of followers and billions of views through his videos. The gamer is more popular on YouTube than music celebrity Justin Beiber. Garrett's channel is kid-friendly, being predominantly aimed at children ages 6-14. Through his Minecraft adventures and his main character, "Stampy Cat," Garrett tells stories and offers Minecraft players ideas to do within the game.
SkyDoesMinecraft (Adam Dahlberg)
Adam Dahlberg has more than 10 million subscribers on YouTube, making his channel, SkyDoesMinecraft, the eighth most popular channel. Less kid-friendly than Garrett's, Dahlberg's videos are geared toward teaching players how to do certain things. Dahlberg is a member of the popular Minecraft group, Team Crafted.
CaptainSparklez (Jordan Maron)
Jordan Maron is known for videos that reproduce real-life events. For example, Maron created a parody video of the music video for "Gangnam Style," by PSY. His channel was the fifth gaming video channel to reach more than 1 billion views, and has led to him being signed by Polaris, which is a sub-network of Maker Studios.
BajanCanadian (Mitchell Donald Ralph Hughes)
BajanCanadian is known for his Minecraft mini games, such as survival games, and his videos are often related to food and drink. He joined AwesomeSauceFilms, which is a general gaming channel heavily focused on Call Of Duty. Soon, however, those involved in AwesomeSauceFilms got bored with Call Of Duty and began playing Minecraft instead.
TheDiamondMinecart (Daniel Middleton)
Daniel Middleton is another kid-friendly Minecraft player sanctuary that offers a different challenge in each video. Middleton has uploaded over 1,000 videos that feature a number of recurring characters, including Grim, a skeleton-dog, and Craig the Mailman, who often delivers items and ingredients.