Daniel Robert Middleton—aka DanTDM—is one of YouTube’s most popular gamers and game reviewers. His channel launched back in 2012. Back then, his user name was Dan TheDiamondMinecart, a moniker related to many of his early YouTube videoes about the game Minecraft.
He’s since shortened his online handle, even as the popularity of his videos has grown ever greater. As of November 2020, DanTDM’s 24 million subscribers have watched his 3,400 videos an eye-watering 17 billion times. That’s landed him on multiple lists as one of YouTube’s biggest names; the $16.6 million he made in 2017 alone crowned him as the video platform’s highest-earning star that year. And while a handful of others have surpassed him since then, DanTDM’s channel remains a kid favoriate as he streams popular titles such as Minecraft, Among Us, Pokémon titles and others.
Unlike some other big names on YouTube, such as PewDiePie, Dan has stayed fairly focused on the gaming videos that have been his ticket to success. Those exploring his channel will find a few other things, though, such as a semi-animated YouTube series DanTDM Creates a Big Scene. Still, only six Big Scene episodes have been produced over the last three years, which suggests that Dan would rather keep creating game-streaming vids than a semi-animted sitcom.
DanTDM’s YouTube persona is upbeat and energetic. His enthusiasm for the games he plays, as well as his witty commentary along the way, explain his appeal.
Parents with kids who are in to watching the kinds of video game videos that DanTDM creates aren’t likely to run into huge content concerns on this affable 29-year-old Brit’s channel. Instead, they’ll find someone who seems to be a pretty genuinely nice guy uploading fun-to-watch video game videos.
In the videos I reviewed, there wasn’t any profanity or vulgarity from Dan himself. He keeps things really clean. A couple of guests in a recent video focused on the game Among Us repeatedly said “oh my god.”
Some of Dan’s video game streaming may feature games with violent scenes.
If you’re looking for gaming videos with few problems and lots of engaging stream-of-consciousness commentary, DanTDM could be worth a look for your family.
After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.