LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 10: A Minecraft digital artist points at the digital version of the character 'Sal' as they work backstage during a 'Playcraft' live rehearsal at The Playhouse Theatre and Arts Centre on October 10, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. 'Playcraft' features the worlds first live performance of a play featuring projections of Minecraft video game virtual sets which include Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and Neolithic landscapes. At 7pm GMT on Saturday 14 October the new play will become the world's first to be performed live on stage and inside the Minecraft video game. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Each year YouTube releases a Rewind highlight reel that summarizes and celebrates the biggest trends and most memorable moments of the year on the website. In anticipation of this years Rewind highlight reel YouTube has released a list of the most watched games on the video sharing site.

1. Minecraft
2. Fortnite
3. Grand Theft Auto
4. Garena Free Fire
5. Roblox
7. League of Legends
8. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
9. Brawl Stars
10. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

This most notable but unsurprising thing about this release is that there aren’t any big name games or 2019 releases on the list. When we think of some of the biggest releases of the year; Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Kingdom Hearts 3, Borderlands 3, Resident Evil 2 Remake…but why should they be?

Our Thoughts: Even if God of War or Persona 5 had released this year I don’t think they’d be on this list. The biggest games of the year tend to be single player experiences and thus have a end. You play til a certain point, you experience the game and you move on to the next thing. Minecraft and Fortnite have built an army of content creators under their banners, entire generations grew up not just playing these games but living them. Careers have been built around making entire communities within a community. It should surprise absolutely no one that the list is topped and will continued to be topped by these two games. You might try to call out Grand Theft Auto 5 for being up as it’s a single player experience, but it’s up there for the same reason as Minecraft and Fortnite. Grand Theft Auto Online has given rise to the phenomenon of Grand Theft Auto Roleplay on Twitch which is just another avenue for content creators to entertain.