Before you tell me people are buying it, I know.
Before you tell me I've done this topic before, I know.
Before you call me dumb for writing this, I'm not.
Minecraft is dying, and there is no reason to deny it anymore. Now, I know people are going to try to use the 'It's not dying, more people are buying it' card, that doesn't mean anything.
Lets use Target as an example. Years ago, target was extremely popular but it has long since lost it's popularity due to a cyberattack. People still go there, but not as many compared to Walmart or what have you. Sound familiar? Minecraft has had multiple cyberattacks. Mojang isn't really to blame, as those are hard to stop, but they do happen. Look at the YouTubers. They got the game popular. Mindcrack? Falling apart. Etho and Doc have let the group to play on Hermitcraft, which still has interest in the game. Chimneyswift. Stuck at 1.8 million subscribers for over a year. Antvenom. Stuck at 2.2-2.3 million for almost a year as well. Sky is still around 10/11 million. Lets look at Markiplier. He's been doing all sorts of games, and has grown to 8 million, and he was at 7 and 6 just a few months ago. He's growing so much faster than anyone could've thought.
Here's another thing. Updates. And not those tiny little 'security updates' which gives modders like the Optifine guy a migraine which the tiny changes to code. The big ones. 1.4. 1.5. Those two updates, with 1.5 being my favorite, were mere months apart. Mojang managed to do the same with 1.6 and 1.7, but we saw the bottom of the barrel with those. Now fast forward to 1.8. The 1.8 update came out 11 MONTHS LATER. ELEVEN. From maybe 4-6 to almost double. And here we see it again. September was the last huge update. It's July again. 2 months from September. And we finally get an update? NO! A SNAPSHOT THAT HAS NO RELEASE DATE AS OF NOW. Basically a prerelease.
I know that Microsoft bought Mojang, and before you tell me they're why Minecraft is going down this hill, they're not. And no, I'm not saying this because I have an Xbox One. I'm saying this because they wanted Mojang to update the port on the Xbox. And can you blame him? Almost, I think, a year between updates. But Mojang is smart, they sold themselves before no one wanted to buy the game from them.
I've given enough evidence as to why Minecraft is dying, If you see a reason it's not other than 'people still buy it', then post it down below.
I'm going to talk about the bolded text only:
While it is true that YouTubers such as ChimneySwift and AntVenom have been hovering around the same amount of subscribers for a while now, there is something I should note. In the middle of Minecraft Files Season 6, ChimneySwift put the series on hiatus for a while and went to do Attack of the B-Team, and a lot of his fans stopped watching him. (I find this quite stupid tbh, because he was still doing Minecraft, just a modpack, and he's played plenty of other content that hasn't been Minecraft.) However, I agree with the whole AntVenom thing. He was on a pretty big subscriber boost for most of 2012 and 2013, but it has kind of stopped for him. Maybe it's because he's been doing different things, and people haven't been as eager to see these things.
(If that's the case, then I also find that stupid as well, because just because he's not playing Minecraft is a silly way to unsubscribe.)
However, there are still YouTubers are going strong. Channels such as CaptainSparklez and TheSyndicateProject are still gaining, even if they haven't been gaining quite as quickly as they were a couple years ago. However, there have been new channels on the rise, especially within the past year. PopularMMOS with 4.9 million subs, stampylonghead with 6 million subs, and TheDiamondMinecraft with nearly 7 million subs. (TDM has especially been getting big as of recent.)
So while the original YouTubers may not have as many people watching them, there have also been new ones as of recently to take their place. Although, I still feel kind of bad for AntVenom and ChimneySwift, because I really liked watching them back in the day.