4 Years In, Minecraft Continues Selling Better Than Most New Games--Passes 16 Million on PC

This doesn't include the millions of people playing on console and mobile.

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Minecraft has now sold over 16 million copies on the PC and Mac. Developer Mojang's stat counter on its website recently crossed the mark, a further indication that the block-building game continues to sell extremely well.

In February, the game passed 14 million sold, meaning that it sold 2 million in five months. Not bad for a game that's been playable and purchasable since 2010.

But people aren't only buying the game on PC. In June, sales for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions together surpassed the PC versions. Sales among mobile, console, and PC now total about 54 million units together.

Minecraft isn't done yet, either. In its seemingly unstoppable quest for ubiquity, the game will launch this summer on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PlayStation Vita. Developer 4J Studios, which is porting the game to the new consoles, promises that the current-gen versions will feature maps 36 times bigger than those in the last-gen versions.

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Discussion

60 comments
sethfrost
sethfrost

At this point, notch can build a real island with blocks of money?

wowwow27
wowwow27

if i had this game when i was a kid...  but no, i played outside.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

I haven't touched the vanilla version (on PC) since forever and pretty much only use the "Feed the Beast" pack when I'm in the mood and never tried a console version of Minecraft but tell me, is the unmodded vanilla experience still as boring as it was about 7 years ago ?

By that I mean you could be untouchable after 5 minutes of gameplay in survival and never had to fear anything, with the only goal of being creative from that point on.

Also, is ingame progression still 'broken' / nonexistant and you need external Wiki sites open to check on crafting recipes, statistics and such ?

If yes, then it seems Mojang is drowning in money but is incapable or unwilling to speed up development.

It's kind of a shame to seem them release a quarterly update, announcing something "new" that has been done better as a community mod 5+ years ago.


Still, congratulations to their success, but consider moving things on a bit.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

man 16 million , im a PC only gamer and i dont own it. Thats how big the PC community gaming truly is, this is just for 1 game.

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

Most games I play for a week, then I may aswell uninstall them cause I'll never play them again..... Minecrack however, Play it for a few hours for something to do then a month later I see daylight, take a 3-4 month break and I'm still able to come back to it and get just as addicted as I was the first time.


 a "Minecraft 2" would be good - but then theirs a lot of games which take Minecrafts recipe and put some better looking graphics into it and it just never seems to look right, "blocks" seem to offer that Lego-popularity and plonking a texture pack into Minecraft remedy's much of that graphical eye strain.

I would love to see a huge expansion into the crafting though, mods etc are fine but I want more "vanilla" recipes to do more & more decorations especially, lost track of how many houses/castles etc I've built just to have nothing useful to go in them outside of chests & ovens.

Halloll
Halloll

proof you don't need super graphics to sell games.

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

Mojang sold their souls to the devil. I'm pretty sure of that


No one can be this successful ever. It's just unreal.


So ...enjoy your wealth Mojang dudes. But mark my words, one day the devil will come a' calling at your Tudor Manor doorstep to claim your very souls


Ooooh, just you wait guys ;-)

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

I never could get into this game, but playing it in VR makes it a million times better. This game was made for VR.

guitargladiator
guitargladiator

it's popular for the same reason legos were popular. assuming you have an imagination, you can build almost anything. 

Angrypcgamenerd
Angrypcgamenerd

So what's next: Minecraft the movie? But yes, I did took the liberty of buying Minecraft myself after the announcement of CivCraft (Civilization with Minecraft in it). Well that, or the sequel to Minecraft.... Minecraft 2.

DrKill09
DrKill09

I still don't get the appeal.  I could make way better maps and have WAY more fun in Duke3D.

homelessgamer
homelessgamer

They should call it Minecrack, put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Poodger
Poodger

It is a pretty good game.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

some dude has re-created Lordran from Dark Souls within this game. check it out if you havent and love the serie.

Ejotei
Ejotei

The thing about minecraft is, if you dont have creativity you wont have fun, thats what the game is about and a lot of "adults" in this site think that since its not a mature game its already a stupid simple game

xantufrog
xantufrog

It's like Legos with monsters and hunger. It's a truly great game

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

Anything that promote creativity is a plus in my book.

balladstar83
balladstar83

Would these numbers be different if it was at a retail price of 59.99?

Deckard2323
Deckard2323

Because it's not a game - it's a world-building tool.  Build what you want, however you want it. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

It's funny to see a indie game (if you can still call it that) sell so good that many people claim that it doesn't deserve all that success. That's like comparing it to CoD, FIFA or WoW, which I guess makes sense in the indie gaming world, but it's otherwise not an accurate comparison.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

And I still for the life of me can't figure out why.

Abruzzii
Abruzzii

@Blank2k2 I know exactly what you mean. This is one of those games you buy for a 'lifetime'. Worth every penny, if you look at the hours I have put in. I'm just not sure about a minecraft 2. That will divide the MC community into two sides. The best thing about minecraft is that everyone has the exact same possibilities.  

hystavito
hystavito

@DrKill09 Well for one thing, any average person probably could not quickly and easily create maps in Duke3D :).

homelessgamer
homelessgamer

Minecraft 2. I wonder where their gonna go with this?

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@REDShadowG lol yep, most of those people probably played it free first. Free advertising, thats what Piracy truly is sorry i meant SHARING, thats the real term.

edinsftw
edinsftw

@Ejotei Actually in other cases like mine, it doesn't offer for enough precise creativity for it to be creatively fun.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

@Ejotei I somewhat disagree.  You definitely don't get the same mileage if you aren't creative but if you can find fun in mining, exploring and making simple little houses and stuff, you can spend quite a bit of time in Survival mode.  That's where most of my fun has come from.  I haven't spent very much time at all in the Creation mode... I'm not the creative type and in a weird way it takes the fun out of building things for me.

densmorera
densmorera

@balladstar83 no it would not, but mojang has made more money at the cheaper price point than any other game at the 59.99 price point

ezeuz
ezeuz

@Dannystaples14 

Me too... I can't figure out why there is someone like you.
Conclusion?? People think differently.

Poodger
Poodger

@jinzo9988 @Ejotei I don't think he meant creative mode. I only try to build elaborate and amazing structures, and I do it in survival mode. Things are more impressive in survival mode.

hystavito
hystavito

@densmorera Also it's never on sale, I mean I don't have exact records but I have never found it on sale.  However, they also maintain complete control over the price as they are the only source :).


I mean for PC at least.

sanchango
sanchango

@ezeuz What? you mean to say people have different opinions? BLASPHEMY! ALL PEOPLE THINK THE SAME!

frozenuxx
frozenuxx

@liquidbutter @smartest_gamer

DAMN RIGHT! and ITS FOOTBALL! GODAYUMNIT!