r/place final image 2023: Who won the pixel war?

Emre Çitak
Jul 26, 2023
Updated • Jul 26, 2023

Reddit pixel war 2023 is over and the country that managed to take up the most space on the r/place 2023 final image has been decided.

The third edition of the event hosted many dramas this year. The relentless rivalry between countries, protests, rumors of bot use, and an ever-growing canvas have all been in the Reddit r/place of 2023.

First organized in 2017 as an "internet experiment", Reddit r/place gained popularity especially in 2022 when Twitch streamers joined it. Especially the efforts of streamers from different countries to protect and expand the flags of their countries made us all laugh, but as we approached the last days, it turned into a war.

r place final image 2023 who won the pixel war
r/place final image 2023 was drawn on an enormous 3000x2000 pixel canvas

Who is the winner of the Reddit pixel war 2023?

Although Reddit does not give us any official data on this, we have reached the r/place 2023 final image and Reddit pixel war winners are official now.

While calculating the percentages reached by the countries, we calculated the area on a 3000x2000 pixel canvas. For countries that drew more than one flag at different points of the canvas, we accepted the largest flags in the r/place 2023 final image, while we did not take into account the smaller flags.

The ranking below shows the top 20 countries and we did not include the countries below 0.2% in the ranking.

Here are the winners of the Reddit pixel war:

  1. Germany: 3000x50 – 150,000 – 2.5%
  2. Chile: 790x150 – 118,500 – 1.97%
  3. Vietnam: 235x335 – 78,725 – 1.31%
  4. Portugal: 330x150 – 49,500 – 0.82%
  5. France: 130x360 – 46,800 – 0.77%
  6. Netherlands: 1350x30 – 40,500 – 0.67%
  7. Argentina: 400x100 – 40,000 – 0.66%
  8. Guatemala: 145x165 – 38,425 – 0.64%
  9. Ukraine: 425x90 – 38,250 – 0.63%
  10. Morocco: 180x190 – 34,200 – 0.57%
  11. Turkey: 200x155 – 31,000 -- 0.51%
  12. The UK: 245x120 – 29,400 – 0.49%
  13. The USA: 230x110 – 25,300 – 0.42%
  14. Brazil: 115x200 – 23,000 – 0.38%
  15. Lithuania: 190x110 – 20,900 – 0.34%
  16. India: 210x95: 19,950 – 0.33%
  17. Finland: 180x90 – 16,200 – 0.27%
  18. Italy: 100x140 – 14,000 – 0.23%
  19. Norway: 145x90 – 13,050 – 0.21%
  20. Switzerland: 60x215 – 12,900 – 0.21%

See how users have formed the r/place 2023 final image in the timelapse video by u/SnooCupcakes8607 below.

r/place Full Timelapse - 2023
by u/SnooCupcakes8607 in place

Spez was the most remarkable name of the event

The most striking name on the r/place 2023 final image was Reddit CEO Spez. While many users used this year's r/place event to protest Steve Huffman's changes to the platform, those who were unaware of all the protests going on in Reddit and are not regular Reddit users started asking the question "Who is Spez".

Reddit caused controversy in April 2023 when it announced plans to charge for its API, which had been free for over a decade. This decision led to the shutdown of several third-party apps and put at risk accessibility and moderation tools.

r place final image 2023 who won the pixel war
Criticism of Spez has taken the attention of many users on r/place final image 2023

Christian Selig, the developer of Apollo, announced on May 31 that he would have to stop working on the Apollo app due to Reddit's pricing. This sparked outrage among Reddit users, and moderators planned a protest from June 12 to 14 by making their communities private or restricted posting. Although Reddit's CEO, Steve Huffman, released an internal memo and some moderators backed down, others continued to protest.

Congratulations Germany

Germany is the winner of this year's Reddit pixel war, having managed to cover the entire canvas transversely since it was opened to users.

Last year we have seen the victory of France with more than 185,000 pixels placed which was a huge flag together with a picture of their famous football player and coach Zidane and the Eiffel Tower. Germany, on the other hand, did a lot of "mini" artwork on its long flag this year.

With plenty of drama this year, r/place 2023 concluded with a final Twitch event where participants can show off their cake badges.

Let us conclude with Reddit's r/place 2023 farewell video and see you again in 2024!

Maybe the real friends were creations made along the way. Thank you for participating in r/place.
by u/reddit_irl in place



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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [https://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/04/add-search-the-internet-to-the-windows-start-menu/] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [https://www.ghacks.net/2012/08/04/add-search-the-internet-to-the-windows-start-menu/] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL: https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/28/reddit-enforces-user-activity-tracking-on-site-to-push-advertising-revenue/

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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