Minecraft still incredibly popular as sales top 200 million and 126 million play monthly

Minecraft sales have officially topped 200 million, with 126 million people playing the game monthly. Microsoft is detailing the latest sales figures just as Mojang Studios celebrates 11 years since the first Minecraft alpha build was originally released.

Microsoft has also seen a big increase in Minecraft usage during the pandemic. Minecraft saw a 25 percent increase in new players last month and a 40 percent spike in multiplayer sessions.

Minecraft sales previously topped 100 million back in 2016, and the game hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. A surge in interest from YouTubers and nostalgia-induced playing saw Minecraft remain king of YouTube viewership stats last year.

Microsoft acquired Minecraft maker Mojang nearly six years ago for $2.5 billion, and at the time, it had sold more than 50 million copies across PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and other platforms. It was a smart purchase by Microsoft, and the incredible sales growth and momentum ever since has kept players returning to the game for years.

Minecraft started off life as a bedroom project, distributed initially as a Java applet on a web forum. The game quickly captured the imagination of thousands of gamers who loved the indie game’s concept of allowing players to shape an environment by crafting and building constructions out of blocks. It has spawned a giant community that creates replica objects and YouTube tips on how to play Minecraft that are regularly shared with millions of viewers.

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I’ve been playing Minecraft since Beta 1.2. I adore the game, and feel it’s been handled very well since the Microsoft acquisition. The last few updates have really been outstanding, and it’s content updates like those that keep me coming back.

The gameplay and art style are timeless, and as long as the game continues to be managed well, it will experience nothing but continued success.

Microsoft really nailed it, and it was not obvious at all that Minecraft could keep growing when it was old and so broadly copied. $2.5bil invested and they’ve managed it very well, and very unlike most acquisitions (cough EA cough).

Had a friend playing it, quit the xBox One version (because online multiplayer server performance is so terrible) and switch over to the Java version which is still going strong, no issues with online server performance and allows rollbacks and mods.

Never played Minecraft, but boy oh boy, that Ray Traced/Path Traced version got me really excited about it. Finally will try it when Xbox Series X drops.

Do we get that on the windows 10 version if you have a powerful enough GPU ?

I believe so. I saw couple of Youtuber’s fiddling with it.

You can get that on the Windows 10 version right now if you have an RTX GPU and switch to beta releases of Minecraft.

The first time I was exposed to minecraft was when my college roommate showed it to me back in 2013. I bought it on my Xbox 360 and played from sunset to sunrise, the very first time I had played it.

I think it’s the best video game ever made.

I mean… it’s been a few years since I’ve played, but I’m considering buying a $1,000 graphics card just to play this game with RTX on.

Should probably wait for Nvidias next cards if you care about RT.

maybe cheaper to get the Series X and get the Ray Tracing version of Minecraft on Console.

Microsoft has done wonderful things since acquiring Minecraft – keeping the Java version as lead platform; encouraging cross platform play; dabbling in AR with Minecraft Earth; making a big push in education. Could not have asked for a better steward of the IP.

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