MCYT

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Name(s): MCYT, Minecraft YouTube
Scope/Focus: YouTube and Twitch let's players who predominantly play Minecraft
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MCYT is an acronym standing for Minecraft YouTube, and is a RPF focused on YouTubers and Twitch streamers whose main form of content is playing Minecraft. In encompasses many varied content creators, though some content creators are featured more within the fandom than others, particularly well known creators such as Dream (also known as Dreamwastaken), Technoblade, and Ph1lzA.

Content Creators

The content creators that form the MCYT fandom produce various kinds of content, including videos demonstrating mods or plugins they've made, SMP videos cut from their Twitch steams, and speed running, among other things. Popular content creators frequently stream and collaborate with one another, and many of them may have become more recognized as they played on or were featured in SMPs, such as SMP Earth and Dream SMP. A few popular creators within the MCYT fandom are listed below, but due to the sheer number of them not every creator is listed.


Fandom

On Archive of Our Own Minecraft has 31849 works as of Mar 2021, and then further narrows that down to the tag "Video Blogging RPF." Minecraft sorted to include the tag Video Blogging RPF has 23623 works, meaning at least 74% of the Minecraft tag on AO3 surrounds some form of YouTuber or video source material. Then, of the main Minecraft tag, the ship with the most fanfics is "Clay|Dream/GeorgeNotFound" with 5154 fanfics, or 16% of the tag. The Minecraft tag grew by 7,323 fanfics as of Apr 21st, 2021, for a total of 39172, and the Minecraft sorted with Video Blogging RPF grew by 5,540 fanfics, for a total of 29163. Clay|Dream/GeorgeNotFound remained the most popular ship and grew by 1,517 fanfics, for a new total of 6671.

Subfandoms

MCYT has its own sub-fandoms, one of the prevalent ones being "Sleepy Bois Inc," abbreviated as SBI. Sleepy Bois Inc covers four YouTubers, Ph1LzA, Technoblade, Wilbur Soot, and TommyInnit. This sub fandom has a large focus on familial relationships between these four YouTubers/Streamers. Usually Wilbur and Tommy will be depicted as brothers, a running theme in their actual collaborative videos. Sometimes Technoblade will be depicted as Tommy's brother as well, or otherwise as a found family adoptive situation. Ph1lza is usually depicted as a father figure to the four, being the oldest of them. While many fanfics featuring these four as the main cast are set in the Dream SMP lore, SBI extends past Dream SMP as its own subsection of MCYT.[1] Narrowing the subfandom down further, the "Crime Boys," or "crimeboys," focuses just on TommyInnit and Wilbur Soot.[2]

In MCYT, the suffix abbreviation "twt" may be stuck on abbreviations of subfandoms. "twt" is short for Twitter, and is used to refer specifically to fandom on Twitter. For example, SBI is the fandom for Sleepy Bois Inc in general, but SBITWT is the Sleepy Bois Inc fandom on Twitter. Likewise "MCYT" is Minecraft YouTube in general, but "MCYTTWT" is the MCYT community of Twitter. However, for some subfandoms, the "twt" is obligatory due to the fandom name not being unique enough. "Happytwt" could not just be "happy," and "hermittwt" could not just be "hermit."

A list of subfandoms and names of MCYT groupings is below for easier viewing. Most subfandoms refer to non-ships, likely due to many of them focusing on minors, except in the case of Emerald Duo/Antarctic Duo, which has a focus on two adults.

  • Sleepy Boys Inc, or SBI- Wilbur Soot, TommyInnit, Technoblade, and Ph1LzA
  • Crime Boys, Crime Boys Duo-TommyInnit and Wilbur Soot
  • Happytwt- Skeppy and BadBoyHalo
  • Hermittwt- Hermitcraft
  • Dream Team- Dream, GeorgeNotFound, Sapnap, and sometimes BadBoyHalo
  • DSMP- abbreviation of Dream Survival Multiplayer, used for everyone on the SMP
  • Bench Trio- TommyInnit, Tubbo_, and Ranboo
  • Bee Duo, Allium Duo- Tubbo_ and Ranboo
  • Clingy Duo- TommyInnit and Tubbo_
  • Emerald Duo, Antarctic Duo- Technoblade and Ph1LzA, doubles as ship name
  • Endersmile- Ranboo and Dream
  • Inniter- person who is a fan of TommyInnit

Anti-MCYT

Like many large fandoms with fanbases consisting mainly of children and minors, MCYT also has developed a large anti-movement on social media of online users posting about how much they hate the content creators and their fans. These posts may make fun of the actions of fans, lump all MCYT creators into one (such as assuming a creator like TommyInnit is the same as a creator like Dream), create negative theories about the creators (see ""Dream is an Industry Plant" Theory), or just relate a general dislike of the creators. For example, Tumblr user mlarayoukai saying they want to shoot on sight anyone who posted "“fluffy hcs” about those white min*craft boys."[3] "Anti MCYT" has it's own tag on Tumblr, though it seems a majority of the posts are related to anti-Dream rather than MCYT as a whole.[4] However, it may be possible that a portion of those who post about their dislike of MCYT actually believe Dream is MCYT, rather than MCYT being a conglomerate of dozens of different people. This is exemplified in comments from MCYT fans who agree, believing that those posting in the anti-MCYT tag don't actually know who they're talking about when they say "MCYT."

The anti MCYT tag also has a fair number of MCYT fans defending MCYT and making posts directed at anti posters. One post claimed that anti MCYTers were posting gore into MCYT tags on Twitter.[5] The same poster also blamed anti MCYT posters for the fake photo of Dream, where other anti MCYTers began shaming the weight of the random man in the photo because they thought he was Dream.[6]

Some other comments from the Anti MCYT tag are below.

The most angering thing is adults who like dream smp/mcyt like children still liking it is bad but they don’t have the brain development to realize the weight of these bigots actions and may not recognize some things as bad MEANWHILE ADULTS SURE CAN
mikyou, May 29, 2021.[7]
My favorite thing about the anti mcyt tag is that it's literally just All Dream hate. These guys have no actual idea what mcyt is its really fucking funny I'm not sorrytotem-of-ungaying, June 14, 2021[8]
i don't Typically go into discourse, but like

the majority of anti mcyters tend to be minors from what i've seen (or anime profile picture, not making fun but there's a Trend here)

combine that with a LARGE majority of the mcyt community tends to be minors as well (especially for the new era!!) i as an adult am sitting here like "ma! the kids are fightin again!"
enby-glowsquid, May 20, 2021[9]
dre*m stans vagueposting about “anti” posts being hilarious have the energy of that one dude in the internet argument going “your stupid comments amuse me!” and passive aggressively ending each statement with :) to hide how angry they are. But they aren’t ready for that conversation.saybyebus, June 10, 2021[10]

SMPs

SMPs (multiplayer survival Minecraft servers) are good meeting grounds for the content creators featured in MCYT, and at least one, the Dream SMP, has its own in-game lore that was partially scripted. There have been three major SMPs: Dream SMP started by Dream in Apr 2020, SMPLive on Mar 1, 2019 by CallMeCarson, then SMPEarth on Nov 22, 2019, started by chippledipple, Wilbur Soot, and JoshA20.

While many MCYT fanworks are not directly related to SMP lore, there are still fanworks that are specific to them. For example, MCYT fanart that depicts TommyInnit fight with Dream over music disks is based on Dream SMP, and mentions of "Laramie Online" and the "7 ARG" are based on SMP Earth.

In MCYT fandom, fans will discuss the characters that the content creators play as opposed to the content creatorss themselves by using the prefix c!. For example, c!Dream is used to refer specifically to the character Dream plays in his SMP, not Dream as a person. It can be used on any player of an SMP, and is common with Dream SMP. Other examples would include c!Wilbur and c!Ranboo.

Fan Works

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References

  1. ^ Sleepy Bois Inc, Sleepy Bois Inc Wiki. (Accessed 7/11/2021)
  2. ^ Sleepy Bois Inc page, Sleep Bois Inc Wiki. (Accessed 7/11/2021)
  3. ^ Shooting people on sight, June 19, 2021 (Accessed 6/20/2021)
  4. ^ anti MCYT tag, Tumblr. (Accessed 6/20/2021)
  5. ^ ANTIS ARE ALSO PUTTING FUCKING GORE IN THE TAGS ON TWT?????, Tumblr. June 9, 2021 (Accessed 6/20/2021)
  6. ^ Why is it so unsurprising that dream/mcyt antis on twt are being fatphobic 😒, Tumblr. June 9, 2021 (Accessed 6/20/2021)
  7. ^ The most angering thing is, Tumblr. May 29, 2021 (Accessed 6/20/2021)
  8. ^ My favorite thing about the anti mcyt tag, Tumblr. Jun 14, 2021 (Accessed 6/20/2021)
  9. ^ i don't Typically go into discourse, but like, Tumblr. May 20, 2021 (Accessed 6/20/2021)
  10. ^ dre*m stans vagueposting about “anti” posts, saybyebus], Tumblr. June 10, 2021 (Accessed 6/20/2021)