Minecraft PC sells 14 million copies

Notch's PC version of Minecraft reaches another sales milestone.

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The PC and Mac version of Minecraft has now sold more than 14 million copies. The game currently sells for $26.95 per copy, but early adopters paid less for the alpha and beta versions, so we can't say exactly how much the game has made to date.

According to Minecraft's official website, at the time of writing, the game sold 22,641 copies in the past 24 hours.

This is one million copies up from the 13 million copies we reported on in December 2013, and the 12 million copies we reported on in September 2013.

Developer Mojang also recently revealed that The PlayStation 3 version of Minecraft sold one million copies in just a little over a month, and according to a recent NPD report, Minecraft for the Xbox 360 was the ninth best selling game of 2013. Finally, the mobile Minecraft Pocket Edition has sold 10 million copies to date.

Markus Persson tweeted that he's celebrating by "having no idea how to play [LEGO Marvel Super Heroes] on PS4."

Discussion

108 comments
danyjr
danyjr

I still don't get this game...but congratulations I guess.

Triton
Triton

Congrats on job well done.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

I think mod support really saved this game or at least helped sell quite a few million copies more on PC.

The few times I have the time to start this up I can't imagine doing so without the "Feed the Beast" mod pack and corresponding "Sphax" texture pack (just to name my "main" ones) - without these 2 additions, the "vanilla" Minecraft experience has very little content and is extremely boring with nothing to do. (and looks plain ugly with those 16x16 textures)

Development is also crawling along at a crippled snails pace, with 14 million copies sold one would assume they could afford to speed thinigs up - they haven't even finished implementing all the roadmap features they had on their Wiki 2+ years ago and ingame progression is a pure guesswork without multiple Wiki sites at hand.

Anyways, all in all the game is fun, has no DRM, we can host our own servers, is not overly expensive, has a great community and mod support and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors and congratulate them to their success.

justbringit_84
justbringit_84

To all the people that have not played Minecraft or think that it does not look good and wont play it because of that.... I have to say I was one of you.

I thought the game looked really cheap and was saying things like I would not be caught playing this.

But I then had watched a few people play minecraft on YouTube and then I had an inch deep inside me to play the game.

I then brought the game (which is extremely cheap btw) and I'm hooked... I now play minecraft more than my PS4 and Xbox One.


So to all those people I say give it a chance watch a video or two on YouTube and see if you like it.


Minecraft Youtube Videos:

http://www.youtube.com/user/mrpickygamer?feature=watch

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Can't say I want to play this game, but I like the fact that a lot of kids are playing it. Better to play a game that encourages creativity, than some shooter made for a more mature audience.

drybones41
drybones41

Not surprised but still, grats. I did get bored of it after god knows how long, maybe it's better for my health. I recommend playing with friends for more fun, or at least on some server.

has3210
has3210

Yet they still say PC is dead!!

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

This pretty much confirms Emmanuel Maiberg is Eddie posting under a fake name.

Mraou
Mraou

It still looks ugly and unfinished to me; it's more like a software application, than a game.

kbaily
kbaily

Let's see a game that doesn't tote fancy next gen visuals or a massive storyline, is a major hit.  What can we learn from this?

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

I'm not a big fan of Minecraft but congrats to the dev who took a chance on something new, I tried the game for a few days and while I was impressed at the level of interaction and modification of the landscape it just didn't seem to fun or really have a point to it all.

I have a friend who's son loves the game though so I guess different strokes for different folks, in the end Minecrafts success on PC is just another example that PC gaming is on it's way back to it's glory days, and since the PC is all I game on now that's good news for me even if I don't like this game.

Poodger
Poodger

I pity all the people showing so much negativity in these comments. Limited by their own shortsightedness. It is fine to not enjoy something other people enjoy, but to blindly criticize it (and the people who enjoy it) is the stuff ignorance is made of. These are the people who can't understand something in a game unless you have a linear objective lined up in front of them, and a gun in their character's hand. These are the people whose mind gets lost when they are asked to do whatever they want in a game, or to build something instead of wildly shoot at things.


I enjoy a wide variety of games, including FPS games and the like, but I get a real sense of satisfaction from games like Minecraft where I can let my creativity flow and build towards a goal or project. It is immensely more satisfying than spending time shooting enemies

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Lol for all those PC hardcore gamers who yell a lot for the high end graphics.

Hurvl
Hurvl

How fitting that he's playing a Lego game to celebrate this since many describe Minecraft as virtual Lego. Adding the figures for all the different platforms it has soon (or already) sold 35 millions.

korvus
korvus moderator moderator

So I finally broke and tried this game out. It was as big a disappointment as I expected =/ After 3 or 4 hours I found myself thinking "Guess this is the game I'll play when I have nothing else to play"...5 minutes later I uninstalled it...

Poodger
Poodger

@canuckbiker Is this a hidden shot at the player base? I actually know more adults that play this game than kids. 26 and I still play it regularly with a group of similarly aged men.

Wawas20
Wawas20

@canuckbiker  mate im 22 and i still play everyday. on pc and ps3. not just for kids. yes aimed at kids but takes a teen or older to really work everything out.

riotinto876
riotinto876

@Mraou  yes, please explain how games aren't software applications, I'd really like to hear it.

Poodger
Poodger

@Mraou Are NES, SNES or N64 games software applications instead of games? Do their "ugly graphics" make them any less of a game than today's games? Did games not exist until 7 years ago, when they started LOOKING better? Think before you speak next time, it will save you the embarrassment of looking like an idiot.

robertcain
robertcain

@Mraou  Ugly?!?! Blocky graphics are precisely what makes Minecraft what it is! I could never imagine Minecraft running on standard graphics Not every game needs to feature the latest cutting edge graphics to be an excellent seller.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@Mraou A game is a software application, that's where the term "app" comes from

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@ThatOneGamerGuy like finding this guy and asking for his millions, Minecraft was based on Infiminer I think (correct me if I'm wrong) so he must be really pissed right now.

Who knows a future lawsuit might be coming.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

@mkeezay22    Yeah i agree u dude the realms of PC gaming is too wide most of the best gaming genre whether it is FPS, MOBAs, MMOs all were derived on PCs but i condemns those who say graphics is everything and this articles proves what i says is right.

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

@Poodger most of the negative nancies are COD, BF, Halo, fanboys who think if you aren't shooting guns and blowing stuff up it's not a real game.  The remaining stragglers either have no imagination, aren't creative at all, or think if a game isn't top notch first rate graphics it's horrible.....


Minecraft is great if you have even an inkling of creativity.  Although it does take some time to get into, at it's onset the game can be very daunting because you have no real goals, your only goals are what your mind sets forth for you.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@3dmatrixgamer  Are you implying Minecraft doesn't require good specs to run well?

Cause it does, if you want it on the best settings possible.

korvus
korvus moderator moderator

@Vidpci  Was having trouble approving your link. Think it's visible now. *wipes sweat off brow*

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

@Korvus85  In my opinion, the best way to enjoy Minecraft is with your friends on a private server. Every server we make has a theme and mods to support it. We play in survival mode so every construction is a project we can be pride of. At first, i was very surprise how rewarding and ... obssessing this game can be. 

Poodger
Poodger

@Korvus85 It is not meant to be approached as a game, but rather as a faucet to unleash your creativity. That is the problem most "gamers" have with the game. It is very polarizing, because people who enjoy building things in games will LOVE it (like me), but people who want missions and action and story will HATE it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Korvus85 I never EEEVVEEERR think that if so many other people enjoy a game, maybe I should give it a try too, but that's just my personal (extremist) way of thinking. If I followed every trend I'd never play something that I liked. MMO's - no, MP military FPS - no, moba's - no, Day Z (or other Online Bastardry Simulators) - no; I don't like any of those. I know what I like and have too many uninstalled games to check out something that doesn't immediately appeal to me.

Acillatem1993
Acillatem1993

@Korvus85 I have the exact same problem with the game. Everyone went on about how much fun it is, but I just couldnt get into it. :(

naz99
naz99

@pyro1245 @has3210  Apart from the many many articles and people that i have heard and seen saying it in the past 21 years....no nobody at all.......

Mraou
Mraou

@Poodger No, no and no. But for a PC game that has sold more copies than most NES,SNES or N64 games did, I expect it to look more polished. The whole "it has to look like crap, to run on low end PC's" doesn't fly anymore in 2014.

Mraou
Mraou

@robertcain @Mraou Yeah, and meanwhile actual good games like Dark Souls don't sell nearly as much, yet have more time and effort lovingly poured in to them. So sad.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@3dmatrixgamer @mkeezay22  Graphics definitely aren't everything but they can really add some deep immersion to some games, Metro 2033 has a great atmosphere especially with the graphics cranked, but the best thing about PC gaming is there are games for all levels of PCs and graphics settings for most games that will get a new game running on a not so beefy PC. 

Right now we have it all and now that we are getting a lot of multiplatform games (almost all) and some console exclusives like Titanfall and Project Spark I really see no reason to own a console. Unless I grab a Wii-U now or a PS4 next fall there really aren't any games I'm interested in I can't get on PC

Poodger
Poodger

@Poison-tooth @Korvus85I agree. I play on a server run by my friend, and it has been ongoing for about 5 years. The world is littered with cities and projects, and we just keep expanding. It is alot of fun to look back and see everything we did.

korvus
korvus moderator moderator

@Vidpci Maybe you're right but I feel like I did give it a proper chance. Started in easy, it was too dull, tried it in hard, not much difference, except you need to watch what you're hitting a little closer and move around more when swarmed.


Started my little house underground, by the time I had anything decently sized I had 900+ cobblestones in my inventory; set around to "furnishing" my house (even started planting trees so I wouldn't run out of wood) and making some mob traps for fun. Afterwards went on a killing spree with a stone sword, which was hilariously fun when everything killed me in 2 hits. After I got bored I decided to make an underground water propelling transportation system between islands under the sea bed. Eventually I got tired of chipping away at stuff with a stone pick to I went cave diving to find me some higher level ore.

Created a storage crate halfway through the cave maze, filled up my inventory and on the way back a hidden creeper blew me into the lava, lost all I was carrying; no problem; rinse and repeat. After 2 more hours of that I realised I had no real purpose in the game and I was basically going to waste hundreds of hours chipping stone to make myself some sort of underground castle, and when I would be finally done what would I do with it? Absolutely nothing.


So I tried to play Creative Mode, so I could build something nice and pretty without having to mine for 2/3 of my lifetime, but then it just felt like I was playing 8-bit The Sims with cheats on...


Overall, I felt like I tried doing everything I could in there and it just wasn't for me; which doesn't mean the game is bad, just not my taste =)

Poodger
Poodger

@Korvus85 @VidpciRoller Coaster Tycoon is fun, but found the 3rd one lacking. Plus, all I ever really play in RCT is the sandbox mode. I hated campaign mode because it forced me to complete objectives.

bignick217
bignick217

@Korvus85 @Vidpci Maybe you should give Kerbal Space Program a go.  It might just be more to your liking.  Design and build rockets and try to get into space.  It's not as easy as it sounds.  Once in space, try to establish a stable orbit.  Then try traveling to the Mun (yes that is the correct spelling) and try to land on it.  Make sure you have enough fuel to get back though.  Mun not enough.  Try traveling to the other planets.  Build satellites.  Do research.  Design and build colonies, space stations, rovers, jets, jets that have 2 types of engines for air breathing and space flight.  And once you think you've done everything in the standard game, then there's the Mod community, which is one of the biggest I've seen in a while and some these mods can really add a lot to the game and gameplay.  There's a lot to do and try in Kerbal and it's only limited by your imagination.  And the engine.  I've crashed the game engine myself a few times with having too many parts on my build (I did have over 3000 parts on my build to be fair).  But it's an alpha.  Hopefully they'll optimize and increase the number of parts the game can handle in the future.  This is one game I didn't expect much from and was completely blown away by.  Completely caught me off my guard.  It's definitely worth a try.  It might be more your taste.

korvus
korvus moderator moderator

@Vidpci I'll give Crusader Kings 2 a try then =) Thanks for the suggestion.

korvus
korvus moderator moderator

@Vidpci  I might; I tried Minecraft because I love building games (but not like SimCity, where you drag a square and houses pop up, I like to manage things individually), but on the other hand the games where I find that normally are mostly about building armies which doesn't really interest me, even if I did spend quite a long time playing Age of Empires in the past.

Then you have the inbetween games like Tropico, but it's hard for me to invest time in a game that destroys my whole city non stop (before I quit the game I had had 4 tornados, 1 tsunami and 2 earthquakes in 15 minutes of gameplay...just ridiculous).


Wish they made another Roller Coaster Tycoon =P Installed RCT3 again and even with their set goals you can play each level for as long as you want and do what you want...not to mention there's like 50 different maps.