Minecraft PC Reaches New Sales Milestone
22 million and counting.
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The PC/Mac version of Mojang's sandbox game Minecraft has now sold 22 million copies, according to the sales ticker on the title's official website. In the last 24 hours, almost 14,500 copies of the hugely popular game were sold. The game passed 22 million over the recent holiday weekend, according to IGN.
PC was Minecraft's first platform, but the game has since spread to PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as mobile devices. That is to say, sales of Minecraft on PC/Mac represent just a portion of the game's overall success. The game is regularly a top-performer on consoles, while App Annie's charts show that the iOS and Android versions of Minecraft are also at the top for their respective platforms.
Just today, Microsoft announced that Minecraft is the highest-grossing paid game in the Windows 10 store. It's held the No. 1 spot since the game launched there in July 2015. Microsoft also said nearly 1 million existing Minecraft players made use of the offer to get the Windows 10 version free.
Microsoft acquired Minecraft and developer Mojang in September 2014 as part of a $2.5 billion buyout. Since then, revenue from Minecraft game and DLC sales have regularly boosted Microsoft's bottom line.
Minecraft already has numerous non-gaming extensions in the area of merchandising. The franchise is also moving to the movie space with a film directed by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney. Night at the Museum's Shawn Levy was at one time attached to direct a Goonies-style adventure take on the game, but Mojang vetoed this idea and Levy exited the project.
A release date for the Minecraft movie has not been announced.