Think the Minecraft craze is cooling off? Think again

Minecraft: Pocket Edition sales reach 21 million copies to date, driving $147 million in revenue.

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.

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

There is also the Minecraft Pi edition, that's specifically for the Raspberry Pi.  Though I suspect since its a free version and targeted towards getting children and notices into learning to code that it might not quite count.

trollkind
trollkind

I finally got a mostly working install of Minecraft with Millenaire on mc PC again. That's really the only way for me to enjoy this one solo. I do own the PS3 version too but fighting creeps with the gamepad is horrifying on a new level.

jski
jski

I respect their success, but this has to go up there as one of THE most overrated games of all time. You could write a book on all of the things this game either does wrong, does not include at all, or does not advance upon. This will go down as a classic genre starter in much the same vein as Wolfenstein and Doom, but it will be surpassed in many and massive ways in the years to come. With the money they are making the lack of continued innovation for anything other than texture packs for consoles is pathetic.

Tauu
Tauu

It must be more fun for kids who like to build things and have the free time to do so (and lack funds to buy other games). I played the game for a couple of weeks and never touched it again. There's just not much depth to it.

Keaze_
Keaze_

Gotta hand it to them.  Their ability to cash in on this one hit wonder is amazing.

Shmiity
Shmiity

27 million copies. That's amazing. We're all in the wrong business. 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

A friend on WOW kept bugging me to try this Minecraft on PC years ago 2009 maybe, finally I downloaded it and gave it a go - I'll admit at first wasn't into it and then while on team speak gave it another try and was hooked..

This game is like ICO, or my first MMO, or the first time I played a RPG on the snes. Something that came out of the blue and is so different and addictive - you just cannot put it down. 

If you do not like it, well that is all you, I tried league of legends for weeks and never saw the attraction. But I encourage anyone with an open mind and a afternoon to give it a shot, you will not regret it. 

emptycupofgames
emptycupofgames

I own one, and plan to buy it on PS4 the minute it drops. 

Cheap + Endless fun = Win!!

surfepic
surfepic

I just want HDR lighting in minecraft, please mojang. When??

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

I have 2 copies my friend has 3 some people just love it too much lol. I have pc and pocket edition my friend has those and the ps3 version. 

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I bought it and I like it.  I'm pretty excited about what the next update is supposed to have in it.  They're finally going to add in full sized cave systems and infinite worlds.  Woo.

crimsonbrute
crimsonbrute moderator moderator

This game needs to die a horrible and painful death.

Rakou
Rakou

Why not add the previously mentioned handheld sales in the bullet-point list, and bring the total up to 48.7 million? Or is it because the handheld sales are said to be "over 21 million" and not something like 21.3 million?

NotCeo
NotCeo

Did Eddie just assume that every copy of PE was sold at full price?

Talk about a common sense fail. The game sold a ton of copies during the 10 cent sale on android, and has been discounted a few times since then.

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

IMO Terraria deserves more sales as it's a much better game.

Romayo83
Romayo83

Not to mention all the knock-off titles released on this engine. This game kept me solidly entertained for 2 weeks. Never tried the skins or mods i'm sure thats what makes it much more enjoyable.


DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I'm always surprised by the sheer amount of sales Minecraft manages to make.

vader501st
vader501st

This makes CoD's yearly iterations look innovative and unique by comparison.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

The last time I played this game was around the time they added bats, whenever that was.
I can't really see myself getting into this game again, but it was fun while it lasted.

Out of curiosity, has anything great been added since back then?

dipdish
dipdish

Also, the number 1, the best selling game on PlayStation Store for some time. 

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

Yeah..I'm a little jaded now when it comes to having fun with the game..

Barighm
Barighm

My god...that's just for one edition of the game! Add up all the money he must have made across all editions and he'd have enough to fund a AAA MMORPG. And this is likely with just a few dudes working out of some tiny apartment somewhere.

bsford
bsford

Who plays Minecraft.... Seriously!?

Rakou
Rakou

@NotCeo  To quote from the article: "Of course, this doesn't include temporary price drops, so the figure may actually be somewhat lower."

Poodger
Poodger

@terrariafan247 Eh, I got bored of Terraria after an hour or two. I have sunk hundreds of hours into Minecraft though. Minecraft appeals more to the creative gamer that likes to build things. Terraria appeals more to the traditional gamer who likes combat more.

delta5931
delta5931

@terrariafan247  How can you even COMPARE the two? Terraria is a 2D adventure game, while Minecraft is a 3D creation/adventure game. They have almost nothing in common, aside from blocks and the such.

EdmundKain4682
EdmundKain4682

@Too-DementeD  hmm think some new biomes Redwood Forest, Mesa, Ice Spike plains. horses. World bosses Ender Dragon , The Wither, not sure what else. 

Poodger
Poodger

@bsford I do. It is a great game that I play with a group of close friends, and we all get to be creative and collaborate on awesome projects.

Rave215
Rave215

@bsford  apparently 27 million people. Myself included.

delta5931
delta5931

@bsford  A massive community of gamers, thats who. You can mod the living heck outta the game too.

surfepic
surfepic

@Poodger @surfepic AS Jski already said. I don't care about mods. I want NATIVE HDR lighting, I mean, upgrading the engine is a mojang´s duty, not the community. Any awesome and usful mod out there, should be translated into native game's engine.

jski
jski

@Poodger @surfepicScrew mods, the biggest evolution in this game in years is horses. WOW, hold me back. Mojang said this game would continue to grow year after year. Texture packs for consoles based on other games is not what I took that promise as. Mods are not game features, they are hard work by people that don't get paid. The people getting paid have not done 1% with their creation as the modders have. sad really.


Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@HiroArka

Wishing metaphorical death unto games is not against CBSI's Terms of Use. ;)

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

@gregojose13 @Barighm @bsford  The're both pretty much the same. (that is Terraria and Starbound)