Minecraft passes 10 million registered users

Underground phenomenon hits new milestone; total of 2,673,539 have purchased the game to date.

Last month, hacking group LulzSec brought down Marcus "Notch" Persson's indie hit Minecraft as part of its TitanicTakeoverTuesday. Today, the indie developer has shaken off that hit and announced that the game has amassed a whopping 10 million registered users.

The Minecraft army stands 10 million strong.

The news stems from Notch's personal Twitter feed, and it is further elaborated upon on the game's website. According to the statistics tab on Minecraft.net, Minecraft currently boasts 10,003,717 registered users. Of that figure, 2,673,940--or 26.72 percent--have gone on to purchase the game.

Additionally, the site claims that 42,031 users have registered and 10,141 have purchased the game in the span of the past 24 hours.

Minecraft--still in beta--has been in development since 2009. Most recently, the game struck gold at the 2011 Game Developers Conference Indie Fest, where it claimed the top trophy, the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

Currently available only on the PC and Mac, Minecraft is headed to the Xbox 360 this winter with Kinect support via 4J Studios. That company was responsible for Xbox Live Arcade games Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, and Banjo-Tooie. Minecraft is also scheduled to arrive on mobile devices.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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MrGoldfish1
MrGoldfish1

@juliano001 You have obviously have never punched a tree before if that is your take on the game. @AmorDeRey1988 What do you mean the PS3 can't handle Minecraft? It's a waste to make Minecraft for the consoles in the first place and secondly, you can play Minecraft on a 10 year old computer. Just learn about computers and how they work before you start saying things you don't understand.

juliano001
juliano001

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fillup0
fillup0

@juliano001 Educate yourself about the game before you pull an opinion out of your arse. You don't just Mine, you create whatever you want. You can farm, dig, experiment with water, fight zombies, whatever you want! The fact that you judged it by the graphics is an indication of your logic failure. L2JUDGE

juliano001
juliano001

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AmorDeRey1988
AmorDeRey1988

Too bad the Ps3 can't handle this amazing game.:)

FusionRain
FusionRain

I don't play but congrats. It's come so far so fast. I played like once but didn't do anything :P.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

This shows the future of gaming. Gamers don't like the shallow, insipid, games of the major publishers that have to produce "generic" games that sell to everyone (but don't!). Meaning games like Minecraft, Witcher, Galactic Civilizations, STALKER, etc, go on to sell millions because they are the antithesis of shallow and generic! Expect this latter group to expand over the next 5 years and the big software houses we have got used to wither and die. Unless they can find a way to bring games to market for $10 million instead of $30 million and thereby be able to go after the large niche markets and still make a profit!.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

@Spartan_418 Why do you Minecraft fans always assume that people who don't like it haven't played it? You people need to stop pretending it's the most amazing game ever and that people can't possible dislike it if they give it a chance. I have tried it and I got extremely bored within a few hours, I grew out of building blocks when I was a child. As for the other elements of the game I couldn't stop laughing at how utterly terribly and amateurish they are.

omenjamlord
omenjamlord

@Infinity_Gauntl Im going to have to agree with SierraScorpion! I was at first really iffy about this game a few months back. Its like any other indie genre, once you get the learning curve sorted the game flows nicely. Sure the graphics are far from what you woud expect but it makes up for it in sheer gameplay and enjoyment. At the end of the day its how the game plays, not based on how fancy the environment is.

SierraScorpion
SierraScorpion

@Infinity_Gauntl Dude, just because a game has bad graphics doesn't mean its bad. And its people like you who literally judge a game by its screens that only play games, no matter how bad they are, that look amazing but suck overall. So much for you to learn, child...

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

And how is this game selling? Looking at the screens this game looks really bad.

TheMegatonNuke
TheMegatonNuke

Is the game going to change at all when it goes to Xbox?

UltraredM
UltraredM

@Tripwolf Notch isn't lazy, Minecraft is updated on a pretty solid basis.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Minecraft isn't my type of game but hey congrats to the creator eitherway. Maybe when the final product is pushed out I might pick up a copy... Then again thats a big maybe since the game is alot like tetris... Your either gonna love it to death or just hate it soo...

xRmRxfreakBOMB
xRmRxfreakBOMB

@Tripwolf Terraria and Minecraft are both great games in their own right, but very different. Minecraft is all about exploration and discovery (given that the worlds are literally endless) and Terraria is more about killing monsters and getting better armor/weapons. Both games are extreamly fun and I have respect for all of the devs involved with both games. What I dont have respect for are trolls like you.

kickblocker
kickblocker

i want this, but i wont be able to play for too long at a time as i only have a Macbook

Krusnikzero2
Krusnikzero2

A man with a good idea turns his vision into a reality. I raise my glass to you Notch, well done.

Jebril
Jebril

It's a cool game that has a lot of potential which is definitely being brought out with updates and ideas from the users through creativity and hacks. It still is a kinda "pointless" type game, and probably will be, but that doesn't mean it's not fun. :] Here's to hoping they'll make some kinda story or campaign to go along with it.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Great game. Let me emphasize its ORIGINAL something companies really forgot about when they wanted play it safe sequels year after year. This game invented its own genre really and notch deserves all the money and success he made from this.

wigwam2
wigwam2

@jamyskis look up "Infiniminer" and "Dwarf Fortress"

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

It will spawn countless imitators but maybe that is a good thing. Long live sandbox style games.

Dezuria
Dezuria

@jamyskis have you played Terraria? it isn't exactly a Minecraft ripoff. It takes the idea of a mining game in a different direction, and you can easily enjoy playing both. And no, I don't like Call of Duty.

jamyskis
jamyskis

I've been playing MC for a while now, and most people don't play for its survival mode or to achieve some kind of ultimate goal. They come in to build, and that is what makes Minecraft so unique. It's like being handled a Lego set which you have to earn, and I'm guessing Lego are kicking themselves that they didn't react to this rather obvious but ingenious concept. There's nothing like having a huge tower, mansion or statue to have that you can show off to the rest of your server community. And to those praising Terraria: good to see that you're encouraging the practice of ripping off other people's ideas and adding little innovation except a 2D slant. I guess you guys keep buying Call of Duty as well.

AmorDeRey1988
AmorDeRey1988

This is why Pc's are superior in every way possible. :)

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

I wonder how much of its success can be attributed to the Destructoid feature and Zero Punctuations review?

daabulls23
daabulls23

Minecraft is amazing. So simple, but complex at the same time.

dstv
dstv

Yay xbox version ...cant wait to finally try out this game!

rocka_
rocka_

Put it on Steam... it might get another Million! :P

wigwam2
wigwam2

@illmatic87 you are an idiot my friend

swmeek
swmeek

Congratulations Notch!

HyabusaRyu
HyabusaRyu

yeahhh but terraia is much better,simple yet addictive.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@starduke Same here, high five! :D

starduke
starduke

I bought the game, so I'm one of those 26.72 percent!

starduke
starduke

LulzSec attacked Notch?! They are even more jerks they I thought they were.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

Sweet this game is AWESOME, ive got a server going with some friends and were havin a hayday building. For anyone that tried the free older singplayer and found it boring, get on a server and play with some other people its a blast.

starduke
starduke

@Blink3r I scanned you with my satellite's imagination detector ray and it didn't detect any. So, that explains why you didn't like the game.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@NeilCardiff lolno. Fallout 3 is no longer in development and BethSoft is hardly an indie developer, Minecraft and Mojang are dependent on sales so that development work can continue and a polished final product can be released. Oh, and Minecraft is a fun game, you should try it :3

Yajarobi
Yajarobi

thats awesome 1337. this game is shweetness

okassar
okassar

Minecraft with Kinect support? Lol. I would get quite the workout swinging my hand in a picking motion to tunnel through a mountain.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

pretty impressive for a game that's still not really released

ButteredToast89
ButteredToast89

@Blink3r Nerds? Seriously? You're commenting on a video game website... lol @ you thinking you're cooler than "nerds"

Blink3r
Blink3r

seriously? almost 3 million nerds bought this game? oh well, to each their own... i found this game extreeeemely boring and uninteresting =p