Minecraft series sold 15 million in 2012

Mojang's indie game breaks records for developer; Pocket Edition most popular with 5.89 million copies sold during year.

The Minecraft series had a record sales year in 2012. Developer Mojang has announced that total franchise sales for the game exceeded 15 million during the past year, with the Pocket Edition (iOS, Android) performing better than all others at 5,899,727 copies sold.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was the next-best-performing version during 2012, recording sales of 5,002,370. Notably, this is the newest version of the game and has only been on sale since May 2012. Minecraft for the PC and Mac brought up the rear for the year, selling 4,177,843 copies in 2012.

A version of Minecraft for the Raspberry Pi credit-card-sized computer is also in development.

Below is a breakdown of 2012 Minecraft sales for each platform. Also included in the chart are Christmas Day and Christmas Week (December 24-30) sales for each version.

Minecraft for PC and Mac
Christmas Day: 70,808
Christmas Week: 241,845
Total 2012: 4,177,843

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Christmas Day: 100,416
Christmas Week: 325,591
Total 2012: 5,002,370

Minecraft: Pocket Edition
Christmas Day: 283,939
Christmas Week: 706,419
Total 2012: 5,899,727

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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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37 comments
AlexFili
AlexFili

I love Minecraft. Personally I think they can do no wrong. Also if you're bored and want to play PVP combat, go on Project Ares. There are some good servers there :D (Also Meep Hunger Games!)

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

The "vanilla" Minecraft experience is a pretty boring one in my opinion, but it really opens up when you start using mod-packs (like "Feed the Beast") and texture-packs (like "Sphax BDcraft"), I consider them pretty much mendatory and I wouldn't want to touch minecraft without those.

It's DRM free, is playable offline, has extensive modding support, we can host our own servers - these reasons alone make it worth the small investment already - plus it's fun when played with friends. (and kids can even learn a few things)

However I wouldn't want to touch the console or handheld versions of it because it's just the feature locked, not extendable "vanilla" experience there.

Good that the developers can make a living off this product - A good example of game development and community support done right.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

The game is actually pretty awesome and I play pretty much most big releases on pc, Xbox and ps3. I mean the graphic we're a huge turn off at first but I actually gave it a shot and found it to be very entertaining. The game is what you make of it really... If you don't like building, crafting and exlporing then don't bother.. How the monster/mob cycles works is pretty cool. Been playing if for about a month. Most games I play are fps and rts. However I will say I tried it on Xbox but ended up getting it for pc due too it fills a lot better playing it on the keyboard/mouse and the world is a lot bigger from what I've heard.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I never knew this was a series. Sure a sequel would get a ton of sales, but is this even a game that a sequel would be appropriate? I have no idea because I have never played it.

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

what a bunch of babies whining there momma didnt buy them a 360 and so there jealous they cant play an actual innovative game

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Played the demo...got bored real fast. I just didn't have fun with it

NAWAF005
NAWAF005

Success stories like these make me want to start making my own game. >.<

razorfett147
razorfett147

Gee, wonder if the original Doom woulda had this many haters if the internet had been in boom back then?

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

4 years old , tweenies play minecraft .... not surprise

TrueGB
TrueGB

So the guy must have hundreds of millions of dollars in his account now. He plan on doing anything new with it?

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Maybe this news will increase the devolpment team for Minecraft Pocket to maybe, I dunno...three people?  The updates have become glacial, and it's miles behind even the 360 version, much less the PC one.

idah0
idah0

Has this sad part of Gamespot become like the nasdaq of gaming? The only news are about number of units sold (like, now when we know it's a success, we'll write about it. The opposite of good journalism). You have had the same top story for about a year (or more). Why don't you just kill this part of the site? Really. Kill it. It's really hurting your brand and make me want to abandon you entirely. 

/Premium member since 2007

CRS98
CRS98

Slow news day, huh?

DrKill09
DrKill09

Well, there are 15 million morons out there.  CONFIRMED.

JJ_Productions
JJ_Productions

Don't forget to let us know when notch takes a dump...

fester420
fester420

Eddie really loves Minecraft.  This is the third article about the same thing.

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

Next Update: Colorable Blocks. I want colored glass not only via Mod, but ALSO via InGame :D

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

As people continue to complain about minecraft on this site it makes me wonder how many people actually know where minecraft is these days.

While originally made by one person, now there is a whole studio behind the game, including modder studios. It is hardly 'made by one person' anymore.

And while the game is a HUGE success, I can only think how amazing it would be if the development teams would get their crap together. The fact you can't even turn the latest version into a mod server until the next release is almost out is absolutely stupid - They just barely got craftbukkit for 1.4.6 ready and 1.4.7 comes out and shits all over it. Both of the teams are on the same payroll - why aren't they developing together by now?

The whole thing is written in Java, which actually works more or less, but the memory foot print and resources needed to play this game are off the charts for something so blasted simple. If the engine was updated and improved they wouldn't have the tons of lag and draw problems that plague the game now.

All I see is the game keeps selling, which is good I really like it, but then I see all that money being either thrown down the toilet, or not used, because it just isn't improving fast enough in comparison to the money it is raking in.

sonicare
sonicare

Which is amazing since I believe it was made by one person.  They must be living pretty.

Hamza141
Hamza141

Haters gonna hate, but Minecraft will continue to sell.

EPaul
EPaul

Yes, Mojang is rich we get it, move on please

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

If people knew the pleasure of real LEGOs over this shit.

SolidTy
SolidTy

We keep reading updates on this games sales. I don't care anymore.


Too many minecraft sales articles. Boring.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@TrueGB Well considering the fact that Minecraft is updated INCREDIBLY frequently and has nearly an endless array of content, then yes, he is doing things to the game that are considered "new". Not to mention his new space project he is working on.

idah0
idah0

@TrueGB

Well, yeah, for quite some time, which is generally known if you follow REAL gaming news sites (or any random blog who has an idea of what they are doing). I just picked a random link from Youtube covering some early in-game footage of Notch's new game. It's been outs there for quite some time. Sadly, this site just covers bullshit nowadays. Here you go:http://youtu.be/iLt4VVEJ9Kk

evansmichaelj
evansmichaelj

Not morons when you consider the  game itself. Early on Mojang relased in beta for players to try Minecraft. This proved that minecraft is a viable game because it became wildly popular before it was even fully developed

NAWAF005
NAWAF005

@DrKill09 I'm sorry. This game is just too entertaining to be just for morons...

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

@raahsnavj people that know how to fix there problems helps.. I don't have any of the issues your talking about.. Lag lol.. Are you playing on a a pc 15 yrs old or did you not dl java 64 instead or using the 32? And the draw distance problem can usually be fixed by pressing f3 and e at the same time to reset it, takes like less then 1 sec. Damn actually reading the net about how to correct issue works nice if used

idah0
idah0

@Hamza141 Still, that's not the point. I love Minecraft. Let Notch have another billion dollars. He's worth it. He's a god damn genius. The thing is we know who he is. Gamespot's god damn job is to find the next Notch. That's what journalist's do. They explore, research, investigate and curate. THEY are being paid to find and evaluate the shit that we DON'T find. BUT. They fail to do that. I always know that an industry or brand is in trouble when I could replace their tiny effort simply by randomly googling. Anybody could replace the staff at Gamespot mobile at this point. I recommend my 7 year old niece.

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

@GamerOuTLaWz You have a pojnt there, but it doesn't happen that you have a box full of infinite bricks of all shapes? ^^

Hamza141
Hamza141

@SolidTy It's still better than a Call Of Duty article telling us that they are making another one next year or that the current one is breaking even more records than the previous one.

SolidTy
SolidTy

@96augment@SolidTyOther than Mojang Specifications and Markus Persson...I don't think anyone cares anymore. That guy is in the news way too much.

96augment
96augment

@SolidTy I understand articles about the game itself. But who really cares about Minecraft sales or even articles about Persson? Oh well. Eventually, people will stop writing articles about this guy. Eventually.