Over 100 million copies of Minecraft sold worldwide

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

It finally happened! Minecraft has passed the 100 million sales milestone, becoming the second best selling single game, after Tetris, which , according Wikipedia, it sold 500 million copies. Since the beginning of 2016, every day, 53,000 people have bought Mojang’s game and four of the customers were living in Antarctica.

Minecraft has become a blockbuster game and Mojang was proud to announce that it was sold 100,000,000 times. The developer has expressed its gratitude on its official website, saying that “We’d like to offer our heartfelt thanks to every one of you who’s bought Minecraft over the past few years, no matter which platform you play on. We’re constantly in awe of our community and the amazing things you achieve together. You really are the best”.

However, it wasn’t easy to achieve this performance, as it took five years for the game to reach this level. As a brief history, Minecraft was released in 2011, being created by programmer Markus “Notch” Persson, and published by Mojang, and since its launch, it received my awards: five in 2011, at the Game Developers Conference (Innovation Award, Best Downloadable Game Award, and Best Debut Game Award) and at the Independent Games Festival (Audience Award and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize), and in 2012 it won a Golden Joystick Award in the category Best Downloadable Game. In 2014, Mojang was purchased by Microsoft for US$2.5 billion and this investment has paid off, as in 2016, every month, over 40 million people have bought a copy of Minecraft.

The game introduces players in the world of textured cubes, where they build constructions, explore maps, gather resources, craft and fight against other players. Minecraft can be played on Windows PC, Macs, Linux and Raspberry Pi devices, as well as on mobile devices running on Android, Android, iOS and Windows Phone, or on consoles such as Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Universal Windows Platform Wii U.

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