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Who is Dream? Everything to know about Minecraft’s biggest creator

The Minecraft star is a staple in the community and one of YouTube's biggest creators.

Clay “Dream,” also known as “Dreamwastaken,” is one of the biggest names in the Minecraft community and is generally regarded as Minecraft’s biggest creator. The once-faceless creator revolutionized Minecraft, created one of the most successful video series around Minecraft on YouTube, and is the founder of the popular Dream SMP Minecraft server.

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Dream boasts over 31 million subscribers on YouTube, which is his primary platform. The Minecraft star also streams on Twitch occasionally, where he has 6 million followers.

Screengrab via MrBeast on YouTube

He has also stepped into the world of singing with three hit songs. “Roadtrip,” his debut single, is his most popular song and boasts over 102 million plays on Spotify. “Mask” has over 74 million plays and his collaboration with Alec Benjamin titled “Change My Clothes” has over 57 million plays.

Although Dream rose to fame as a faceless creator, the Minecraft star never planned to be faceless and only ended up that way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After years of speculation about the creator behind the mask and continuous delays, Dream’s highly-anticipated face reveal took place on Oct. 2, 2022 when he released a YouTube video titled “hi, I’m Dream.”

Screengrab via Dream on YouTube

Dream, at a glance

  • Real Name: Clay
  • Age: 22
  • Birthday: Aug. 12, 1999
  • Nationality: American
  • Partner: None
  • Awards:
  • Org: None

What games does Dream play?

Unsurprisingly, TwitchTracker confirms that the popular creator usually sticks to playing Minecraft. Still, Dream does not stream very consistently and has just over 177 hours in the Minecraft category on Twitch. The only consistency in Dream’s streaming schedule is that he will stream the MC Championships (MCC) when he is participating in the popular Minecraft tournament, which usually occurs monthly.

Dream’s content is more consistent on his YouTube channel, where he creates challenge and survival-based Minecraft videos. His most successful series and the one that bolstered his rise to fame is Minecraft Manhunt, which boasts millions of views. Minecraft Manhunt features Dream attempting to beat the game by defeating the Ender Dragon before his friends are able to kill him.

Screengrab via Dream on YouTube

The Minecraft star plays on the Dream SMP server, which is a Minecraft server through which the participants roleplay and tell their own individual stories that all intertwine. Dream’s main character on the server is the primary villain in the overarching story but he also occasionally plays other characters, such as DreamXD, who is the god of the server.

He also sometimes plays other games on stream, such as GeoGuessr. Dream can more consistently be found in voice chat on his friend’s streams, especially those of GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, Karl Jacobs, and Quackity, either just chatting or playing group games like Jackbox, Gang Beasts, or Among Us.

Image via dreamwastaken on Twitter

What is Dream’s streaming setup?

Dream, GeorgeNotFound, and Sapnap recently moved to what they call “The Dream Team house” and mentioned that they attained new setups for the house. Thus, this information is likely only from Dream’s old setup but will be updated if and when the creator reveals his new one. All information about Dream’s streaming setup is taken from the about section on Dream’s official Twitch page, where he has his setup provided with links.

Dream’s gaming PC setup:

  • Keyboard: Logitech G513 Carbon LIGHTSYNC RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Mouse: Razer DeathAdder V2 Gaming Mouse
  • Headset: EPOS I Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Headset
  • Monitor: Acer Nitro VG271U Pbmiipx 27″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS AMD Radeon FREESYNC Gaming Monitor
  • Mousepad: Blue Galaxy Gaming Mouse Pad by INNÔPLUS
  • Microphone: Logitech for Creators Blue Yeti USB Microphone
  • Microphone Shock Mount: Blue Radius III Custom Shockmount
  • Microphone Arm: Rode PSA1
Image via dreamwastaken on Instagram

How much does Dream make?

Considering how inconsistent the Minecraft star’s streaming schedule is, most of Dream’s income comes from his YouTube content. YouTube channels generally make a few dollars per every thousand views and Dream’s video views range from about 1.9 million at the lowest to 115 million at the highest. On average, the streamer gets approximately 30 million views per video.

This means that Dream’s net worth is likely somewhere between the $6 and $10 million range. His inconsistent upload schedule makes it hard to know for sure, but the Minecraft creator is certainly making an impressive amount of money. Revenue from when he does stream on Twitch as well as subscriptions, donations, advertisements, and sponsors are other factors that make the exact number difficult to pin down.

Images via dreamwastaken on Instagram

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Where is Dream from?

The Minecraft creator currently lives in Orlando, Florida with his close friends and fellow streamers GeorgeNotFound and Sapnap. Based on the information Dream has provided over the years, it is believed that he has lived in Florida his whole life.

Dream previously lived with just Sapnap, but the duo recently moved houses to accommodate for GeorgeNotFound, who permanently moved to America shortly after his visa was approved in September 2022.

Why is Dream so popular?

Dream is popular due to his impressive Minecraft skillset and his creativity with the videos and streams he puts out. He occasionally streams on Twitch but mostly creates content on his YouTube channel.

Another aspect of Minecraft that contributes to the creator’s popularity is the Dream SMP Minecraft server, which is a platform Dream created in 2020 with GeorgeNotFound. The platform revolutionized Minecraft content and is widely regarded for its rich storytelling, consistent humor, and engaging characters.

Screengrab via Dream on YouTube

Dream has also previously completed impressive Minecraft speedruns in which he beat the game as fast as he could. But a cheating controversy that the creator has repeatedly said was an unintentional accident ultimately pushed him out of the community.

The Minecraft star is a regular competitor who competes in most installments of the MC Championships (MCC). His Minecraft skills make him one of MCC’s fiercest competitors and he is currently one of the top players in the tournament. He is one of only a select few who have over five wins in the event.

Dream’s most popular YouTube video

The Minecraft star’s most popular video is “Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters GRAND FINALE,” which has over 115 million views. This video is the fifth and final one in the three hunters series that features fellow Minecraft creators GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, and BadBoyHalo.

So what’s next for Dream?

Dream’s future plans include continuing to create Minecraft content but also broadening his creative scope by creating new types of content with his friends. After planning to face reveal for years, the Minecraft star was finally able to do so after GeorgeNotFound’s visa was approved and he officially debuted his face reveal video on Oct. 2, 2022.

Now that GeorgeNotFound has moved to America, the entire Dream Team is together at last, and Dream is no longer a faceless creator, the trio has plans to create lots of content together as well as alongside their other creator friends. Following Dream’s face reveal, the Dream Team attended TwitchCon San Diego 2022, where Dream made his first public appearance and has promised many more will soon follow.

Image via karljacobs/sapnapinsta on Instagram

Dream has also shared that he has many creative Minecraft video ideas that he couldn’t do while he was faceless. Thus, fans can expect to see some interesting new kinds of Minecraft content from Dream in the future.

The Dream Team already has plans to do another Minecraft Manhunt where they simulate the Minecraft series in a real forest. Additionally, Dream has said that Sapnap and GeorgeNotFound are planning to create vlogs that Dream will appear in and that the group plans to travel so that they can meet up with other creators and explore the world together.

You can follow Dream on: Twitch | YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

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Kacee Fay
Staff Writer at Dot Esports covering new releases and a wide array of topics including Minecraft, Disney Dreamlight Valley, Phasmophobia, general gaming, streaming, and more. She has been avidly writing and gaming her whole life and now spends her time combining the two. Kacee graduated from San Diego State University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Certificate in Creative Editing and Publishing. She then joined Dot Esports as a Freelance Writer in 2022 before transitioning to a Staff Writer in 2023. In her spare time, she enjoys buying more books than she can read, gaming alone or with friends, drinking too much tea, attending concerts, fangirling over movies and television, listening to music, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets, who are the most important parts of her world.