‘Minecraft’ Legend Dream Reveals His Face At Last


While I remain exceptionally unplugged form the Minecraft community, having never played a second of the game, even I know who Dream is. Minecraft streamers and YouTubers are kings and queens of their own sprawling ecosystem, and some of the most popular creators on the entire internet. And the most popular of all may be Dream, who up until tonight, had never actually shown his real face to his fans, or even his friends, known only by a simple, iconic smiley face.

Dream revealing his face was, to put it mildly, a big deal for his community and Minecraft as a whole. Dream has an astonishing fanbase with 5.6 million Twitter followers, 3.1 million Instagram followers and 30.4 million YouTube subscribers. For context, Fortnite’s Ninja has 23.8 million. Dr. Disrespect has 4.1 million. Taylor Swift has 47.5 million. Dream is a big deal.

And so, here he is, here’s Dream:

He’s a 23 year old named Clay, and before this reveal, he built this up as an event, facetiming many of his gaming friends for the first time, and they all posted their reactions to his face, but the audience reveal was saved until tonight, and premiered on YouTube with 1.2 million people tuning in to catch a glimpse of him. This is what celebrity is in 2022. And you can get there without showing your face.

There are not too many big YouTubers left who are completely anonymous. Corpse Husband comes to mind as another gaming figure who has never revealed his face intentionally, but Dream is certainly the biggest person to do something like this. I remember years ago when face reveals were a pretty common thing on YouTube and Twitch before most streamers went live with little boxes of themselves in the corner, but these days if you’re streaming, you’re probably doing it with your own face, albeit it not your own name. One exception to this is the fascinating rise of Vtubing, where players controller virtual avatars synced to their real-life movements standing in for themselves. It’s a little bit “metaverse,” if you want to go there.

As for Dream and why he decided to do this now, it has to do with one of his friends moving to America, and he’s just tired of being “bunkered up,” he said in the reveal video. It certainly opens him up to create a wider range of content, and do things with his friends in real life without the need for secrecy or fear of leaks. At a certain point, being hidden for so long with this much build-up has to be exhausting. Though I do not envy being a 23 year old revealing your face to 30 million people after years of build-up and speculation, even if it turns out you are…a perfectly good looking kid. We’ll see what Dream does next from here, and how often we’ll see his face going forward as he enters this new era.

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