Dream is a Minecraft content creator and social media influencer with more than 29 million subscribers on YouTube. He is best known for two things: his Minecraft speedrunning skills and the fact that he never reveals his face.
In this piece, we’ll talk about everything Dream, from his career to when he finally plans to reveal his face.
Dream Minecraft: The Beginning
Dream created his YouTube channel way back in 2014, occasionally uploading rough recordings of play sessions and what he called “troll” videos — gameplay videos of himself intentionally playing Minecraft incorrectly with the purpose of angering his viewers.
It wasn’t until July of 2019 that he started creating and uploading content regularly.
In 2019, Dream grabbed the attention of the Minecraft community when he reverse-engineered the world seed of content creator PewDiePie, who was the most-subscribed YouTuber at the time.
That November, his video titled “Minecraft, But Item Drops Are Random And Multiplied…” went viral, catapulting his fame even higher.
Dream’s wacky, creative content and high-energy delivery made him a quick favorite of Minecraft players. They loved watching his speedruns, cheering him on as he dismantled the game, manipulated its mechanics, and crafted items with mind-blowing efficiency.
But it was his “Minecraft Manhunt” series of videos that set him apart from other Minecraft YouTubers.
In Minecraft Manhunt, Dream challenges his fans to work together against him as he attempts to speedrun through the game’s Survival Mode.
In most of these videos, he’s unstoppable (Dream is a top-ranked Minecraft speedrunner, after all), but he keeps it light-hearted and fun by toying with the hunters, leading them on with intentional misplays only to dance out of danger’s way at the last moment.
These light-hearted videos don’t just give Dream a medium for engaging directly with his fans, but they also allow him to showcase his skill against “regular” Minecraft players.
By the end of 2020, Dream had become a bonafide Minecraft superstar. His video “Minecraft Speedrunner VS 3 Hunters GRAND FINALE” placed seventh in YouTube’s list of the year’s top trending videos. Dream was also the second-ranked “Top Creator” and the year’s top “Breakout Creator” in 2020.
Dream’s success wasn’t just limited to pre-recorded video content, either. In November 2020, Dream streamed live to an audience of 700,000 viewers, making it the 6th-highest-viewed gaming stream in history.
After breaking out in 2019, Dream’s YouTube channel and brand exploded in 2020. He went into the new year at a high, with more than 10 million supporters behind him.
But in the last months of 2021, Dream would be involved in a very public scandal that would put his legitimacy as a Minecraft speedrunner into question.
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Dream’s Speedrun Cheating Scandal
In October 2021, Dream uploaded a speedrun video of himself completing the game in 19 minutes and 24 seconds. Once verified, that run would be just short of the Any Percent Random Seed Glitchless category world record on Minecraft 1.16, making him the second-fastest Minecraft speedrunner in the world.
However, another speedrunner named MincrAvenger had grown suspicious of Dream’s luck in speedruns.
On October 16, MincrAvenger published his findings. According to MincrAvenger, Dream’s odds for pigling barters were much, much higher than should be possible in Minecraft. To ensure it wasn’t just a crazy fluke, MincrAvenger gathered data from six consecutive Dream streams.
Once streamers began to pick up on the scandal, the news spread through YouTube like a wildfire. Eventually, all the buzz led to Speedrun.com itself carrying out an official investigation of the matter. Throughout all of this, Dream consistently and repeatedly denied all allegations of cheating.
On December 11, 2021, after more than a month of investigating, Speedrun.com finally published a 29-page report on the case. They found Dream’s piglin barter rate to be exceptionally high — far higher than any other speedrunner.
According to the paper, the odds of Dream getting such high drop rates across that many runs were 1 in 177 billion. The investigators concluded that Dream likely modified the game’s probability parameters and removed his record from the leaderboards.
Dream recruited an unnamed statistician to help him draft a rebuttal to the Speedrun.com report.
However, Dream’s response paper didn’t do much to strengthen his case or weaken Speedrun.com’s. Dream’s main argument was that, although the lucky streak was incredibly unlikely, it wasn’t statistically impossible.
Speedrun.com stood by its decision to strike Dream’s record from its leaderboards.
Dream After the Scandal…
Although the cheating scandal certainly vindicated Dream’s critics, many of whom disliked the Minecraft YouTuber before any allegations of cheating came to light, Dream’s channel hasn’t been greatly affected by Speedrun.com’s decision to remove his record.
In May 2021, Dream admitted to “unintentional” cheating. According to Dream, he uses a modified version of Minecraft that allows his viewers to see his in-game stats. However, he did not know that it also affected his drop rates.
He claims to have only discovered this after conversing with the mod’s developer. Dream apologized for accidentally cheating in his speedruns.
Dream has also apparently reconciled with Geosquare, one of the main Speedrun.com moderators behind the 29-page report.
If anything, Dream’s channel has seen a boost in growth following the cheating accusation. At the time of writing, Dream’s YouTube channel has more than 29 million subscribers — more than double the figure from the same time last year — and he’s estimated to earn $3–5 million a year from sponsors and YouTube ad revenue.
Dream has released three videos in 2022, averaging 23.3 million views per video.
What is Dream’s Real Name?
Dream has never publicly revealed his real name. YouTuber Karl Jacobs claims that he has Dream’s phone number stored under the name “Clay Dream.” Does that mean that “Clay” is Dream’s real name? Is “Dream” his actual surname? Nobody knows, and in any case, there’s really no way for the public to verify. However, Jacobs’ claim caused the term “Clay Dream” to trend on Twitter.
How Old is Dream?
Not much is known about Dream or his personal life. One thing he has confirmed, though, is his birthday. Dream was born on August 12, 1999.
How Tall Is Dream?
During a livestream, Dream claimed that he is 6’2″ (about 189 cm).
How Much Does Dream Make?
Dream has not publicly disclosed his earnings. Looper estimated in 2021 that Dream is worth anywhere from $3 to $10 million. In 2021, YouTuber Splenko uploaded a video evaluating Dream’s earnings from both YouTube and merchandise sales. Splenko approximated Dream’s annual earnings to be somewhere around $3 million.
Has Anyone Ever Seen Dream’s Face?
Dream’s fans have been asking for the masked YouTuber to reveal his face ever since he first blew up in 2020. At the time of writing, Dream remains fully masked.
In an interview with fellow YouTuber Anthony Padilla in 2021, Dream talked about the drawbacks of always wearing a mask. “It’s restricting on the things I can do, like being able to do TikToks, or different forms of content.”
Apparently, Dream does have plans to remove the mask one day, and even has plans on how he’d like to do it: “I want to do it with my friends, or some way my fans can participate, somehow. So I thought of a meetup or some kind of event.”