Minecraft PC sells 15 million copies, Notch celebrates with a can of Red Bull

Original version of the open-ended sandbox game reaches new sales milestone.

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The original version of Minecraft for PC/Mac/Linux has now sold more than 15 million copies, creator Markus "Notch" Persson said on Twitter today.

This is Notch's thumb.

"The original Minecraft has sold 15 million copies! Time to celebrate!" Notch wrote, with an image of a sugar-free Red Bull drink attached.

The original version of Minecraft passed 14 million copies sold in early February. Of course, the game is available on more platforms than just PC. The Xbox 360 version of Minecraft has sold 12 million copies, while the PlayStation 3 version (released in December 2013) sold over 1 million copies during its first month. Minecraft: Pocket Edition has sold 21 million copies across iOS and Android.

Minecraft developer Mojang doesn't only make money from sales of the game itself. The studio recently launched its subscription-based Minecraft Realms service that lets you host a multiplayer world starting at $13 per month.

Looking forward, Mojang will launch a boxed copy of Minecraft for PS3 next month, while PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game are also expected this year. An Xbox One version of the game is also in the works. In addition, Warner Bros. is working on a motion picture based on Minecraft.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

40 comments
spacecadet25
spacecadet25

This is not selling out in a ridiculous way, just good old fashioned selling out.  Let me know when he endorses a tampon brand, to make it the official tampon of Minecraft, then we know he's gone to far.

Gears189
Gears189

Anybody else starting to read sellout from this?

Pewbert
Pewbert

When I want hard hitting journalism I immediately go to Eddie Makuch.

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

Thanks Eddie. You pulled it out of the bag again man.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Today we get both a "Minecraft sells X million copies" and a "Star Citizen reaches X million dollars in funding", two of my favorite recurring segments on Gamespot. Oh, what a glorious day!

enoslives7
enoslives7

Wow, 2 advertisements in one title....impressive

brian_ghattas
brian_ghattas

Most of Minecraft's audience have no need for Red Bull...

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

i still don't understand what the hype is about in this game tried it one day never returned to it :/

tom2750
tom2750

why would someone be watching there sugar if they are drinking an energy drink?

gajbutler
gajbutler

Why would any one buy the console version? The only good thing about Minecraft is the mods.

bluebird08
bluebird08

If they release a physical PS4 copy at launch of the PS4 version, I will get a copy immediately.

bldgirsh
bldgirsh

Wait I thought console outsold PC games???

In response to fanboy trolls.

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

sugar free red bull wtf is this shite?! i was promised red bull not sugar free >=O

NeoDemonChilde
NeoDemonChilde

Warner Bros is working on a motion picture based on Minecraft ???


ROFL

northshire
northshire

Impressive milestone. Still never bought it although it has tempted me.

wookiegr
wookiegr

No Oculos support, no Wookie cash.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Crazy how popular this game is.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Gears189   Yeah, but I bet most of us wish we had a really popular product that we could use to sell out with.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Hurvl What really seems weird is that we also got the story about how he was kind of embarrassed by how much it sold, and he would have been pleased with only a fraction of those sales, yet he still feels the needs to do endorsements to make even more money.  I think that means that his previous humility was just PR.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@heartindarkness I don't understand the hype about CoD, WoW, LoL and many other popular games, but I understand what other people might like about them.

KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

@tom2750 Sugar makes you fat energy drink makes you hyper and helps burn fat whats so hard to understand here.

vorbzv
vorbzv

It's coming in september or July so keep watch...

I'm getting digital just cuz I know I won't sell it..

tom2750
tom2750

@bldgirsh  the console versions came/coming out later also most times not only do console versions of games sell more then PC versions of games they sell a LOT more

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

No, not rofl. They're pretty damn smart. Especially after the huge success their LEGO movie was.

brian_ghattas
brian_ghattas

@sortajan Kids play Minecraft and Red Bull isn't recommended for them. They get their energy from "Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs" cereal.

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@KSSuperhero @tom2750  actually the sweetener used in replacement of sugar is in fact very bad for you and sends mixed signals to the body 

bluebird08
bluebird08

I want physical, cause then I actually feel like I own something.

hystavito
hystavito

@sortajan @brian_ghattas  I doubt it :).  I bet most players are not highly knowledgeable about all the stuff you can do with redstone and also don't build really cool stuff.  Probably mostly loads of people just having fun messing around and exploring the creations of a much smaller group of very dedicated players.

sortajan
sortajan

@brian_ghattas @sortajan i'd have expected that most of the people who play minecraft are in their twenties. builting good things creativity and imagination. many of us are in our twenties. redstone alone is very similar to real-life circuity and programming, and is capable of absolutely staggering things in-game.


oh wait, you weren't being entirely serious. you were just telling a bad joke.

blutfahne
blutfahne

@uchihasilver @KSSuperhero @tom2750  Yep real sugar is healthy while chemical fake aspartame-ish sugar kills you. This is why studies have shown diet cokes are actually worse for you than regular coke. Real sugar vs Monsanto sugar.