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Free Fire is More Popular Right Now, But Minecraft Has Greater Longevity

Hey there! If you‘re wondering which game is more popular right now – Free Fire or Minecraft – the answer is Free Fire. The mobile battle royale game has surpassed Minecraft in terms of current players, revenue, and downloads. However, Minecraft remains one of the most successful games ever in terms of total sales, YouTube presence, and longevity across platforms.

Let me explain further with some key statistics and insights!

Free Fire Hit 1 Billion Downloads Faster Than Any Other Game

Free Fire has seen incredibly rapid growth since its launch in 2017. By registering over 1 billion Google Play downloads in just two years, it became the fastest game ever to hit that major milestone.

To put that into perspective, industry experts point out that it took other big mobile titles much longer:

  • PUBG Mobile took 4 years to reach 1 billion downloads
  • Candy Crush Saga took 5 years
  • My Talking Tom took 7 years

Free Fire‘s ability to garner 1 billion downloads so quickly highlights its meteoric rise. This astonishing feat points to its immense current popularity.

Daily Active Users Show Free Fire‘s Dominance

One of the most telling popularity metrics for multiplayer games is daily active users (DAUs). This shows how many gamers play the game each day.

As of 2021:

  • Free Fire had over 150 million daily active users worldwide
  • At its peak popularity, Free Fire saw over 100 million DAUs in India alone
  • Minecraft still sees millions of daily active users, but exact figures are not disclosed

The DAU figures demonstrate that Free Fire has outpaced Minecraft‘s current player engagement, especially in India and Southeast Asia. Minecraft remains popular on a daily basis but Free Fire has managed to attract a larger, more engaged base of recurring players.

Free Fire Generated More Annual Revenue Than Any Other Mobile Game

According to market research firm SensorTower, Free Fire grossed an incredible $1.1 billion in consumer spending in 2020. This made it the highest earning mobile game of the year.

To provide context, no other mobile game has ever generated over $1 billion in a single year before. The next highest game by 2020 revenue was Honor of Kings, which saw $878 million.

Free Fire‘s billion-dollar milestone proves it has successfully converted its massive player base into paying customers. The game even exceeded PUBG Mobile‘s 2020 revenue of $696 million.

This shows that while both games have tens of millions of players, Free Fire currently monetizes and generates spending more successfully. Players are highly engaged if they are willing to regularly spend money in the game.

Minecraft Has Sold Over 200 Million Copies

Now, Minecraft does fall slightly behind Free Fire in current player engagement and revenue. However, looking at total lifetime sales tells a different story.

Since its launch in 2009, Minecraft has sold over 200 million copies globally across all platforms. As of 2022, it remains the best-selling video game of all time.

For comparison, Grand Theft Auto V ranks second with around 170 million total sales. Free Fire does not disclose official lifetime downloads, but it will likely take years to reach Minecraft‘s total sales milestone.

This shows that while Free Fire is shooting up the charts now, Minecraft has had immense success for over a decade. In terms of attracting an audience over time, Minecraft is practically unrivaled.

Minecraft Dominates YouTube with Over 201 Billion Lifetime Views

Minecraft‘s popularity on YouTube and as streaming content highlights its strong fandom beyond just players.

  • Minecraft-related videos have amassed over 201 billion views on YouTube since the game launched
  • Minecraft still pulls in billions of YouTube views per month demonstrating its lasting appeal
  • There are over 40 million Minecraft YouTube videos and counting
  • Free Fire has over 72 billion YouTube views, impressive but dwarfed by Minecraft

Experts attribute Minecraft‘s dominance on YouTube to its all-ages appeal and "infinite replayability." There is endless content to be made as creators showcase the game‘s capabilities and customizations.

Minecraft has become a cultural phenomenon on YouTube. From viral videos to skilled streamers, Minecraft thrives as entertainment. Free Fire trails significantly despite also jumping on the streaming bandwagon.

Players Spend Almost 3X More Minutes Per Day Playing Minecraft

According to data analytics company Safe Betting Sites, the average Minecraft player spends 81 minutes per play session. The average Free Fire player spends around 30 minutes per session.

This suggests that Minecraft drives much stronger engagement and retention. Players invest more continuous time exploring its endless sandbox world. Free Fire provides quicker, competitive thrills but cannot match Minecraft‘s hold on attention span.

Minecraft‘s deeper engagement is further reflected in its total global active players. Despite being older, Minecraft still sees 141 million monthly active users compared to Free Fire‘s 150 million at peak. The gap is not huge, pointing to Minecraft‘s ability to retain players‘ interest over years not months.

Both Games Have Expanded Beyond Mobile

While Free Fire is mobile-only, Minecraft is available across a wide range of platforms:

  • PC and Mac
  • Mobile
  • PlayStation 4 and 5
  • Xbox One and Series X/S
  • Nintendo Switch

With over 200 million sales, a significant portion of Minecraft players are enjoying the game on consoles and PC. The game captures broader demographics by appealing to both mobile gamers and console/PC gamers.

Free Fire is undoubtedly a mobile phenomenon, but lack of cross-platform support limits its reach. Mainstream gamers tend to use PC and consoles. This gives Minecraft a more well-rounded advantage in attracting all types of gamers.

Final Takeaway: Free Fire Leads in Current Popularity, Minecraft is More Evergreen

So in summary, while Free Fire wins out in terms of current player engagement, revenue, and daily active users, Minecraft continues to thrive as an evergreen franchise.

Minecraft‘s totally unique formula, decade-long momentum and cross-platform availability make it a true phenomenon in the gaming world. It appeals strongly to both younger and older demos, especially via YouTube and streaming.

That said, among the mobile/battle royale demographic, Free Fire is currently king by most metrics. It has cultivated an incredibly large and high-paying player base, specifically in India and Southeast Asia.

As an esport and mobile gaming mainstay, the future looks bright for Free Fire. But dethroning Minecraft‘s long-held celebrity status will be difficult, if not impossible.

In closing, while popularity is fleeting, only time will tell if Free Fire has the longevity to become a Minecraft-level iconic game for the ages. Free Fire is riding high now, but Minecraft‘s legacy remains peerless.

Let me know if you need anything else! I‘m happy to chat more about Minecraft and Free Fire stats and trends.



Michael Reddy is a tech enthusiast, entertainment buff, and avid traveler who loves exploring Linux and sharing unique insights with readers.