Think the Minecraft craze is cooling off? Think again
Minecraft: Pocket Edition sales reach 21 million copies to date, driving $147 million in revenue.
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The Minecraft phenomenon continues to grow. Mojang developer Jens Bergensten announced on Twitter today that the Pocket Edition of the game for iOS and Android has sold over 21 million copies. The game was originally released for mobile platforms in fall 2011 and the latest sales update came in May 2013 when Mojang announced sales of 10 million copies.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition sells for $7, meaning it has generated around $147 million in lifetime revenue. Of course, this doesn't include temporary price drops, so the figure may actually be somewhat lower.
Here's how Minecraft's franchises sales break down.
- Minecraft for PC/Mac/Linux - 14.7 million copies
- Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition - 12 million copies
- Minecraft: PS3 Edition - 1 million copies
Total: 27.7 million copies
To celebrate the sales milestone, Mojang will hold a special live broadcast from its office in Sweden on Monday, April 14. You can submit questions through this Reddit thread.
The Minecraft craze isn't coming to an end anytime soon. A version of the game for Amazon's new Fire TV was released last week, while the game is also coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. On top of this, Warner Bros. is making a movie based on the franchise.