GameSpot may receive revenue from affiliate and advertising partnerships for sharing this content and from purchases through links.

Minecraft Xbox 360 sells 1 million

Open-world Xbox Live game goes platinum in first five days; 5.2 million hours spent mining, 4 million multiplayer sessions recorded thus far.


Minecraft for the Xbox 360 was a breakout success. Microsoft announced today that Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has sold more than 1 million copies since it launched May 9. This follows news from Minecraft creator Markus Persson last week that revealed the game sold 400,000 copies in its first 24 hours, becoming profitable in just one hour.

Minecraft has already brought in $20 million in sales on Xbox Live.
Minecraft has already brought in $20 million in sales on Xbox Live.

On top of announcing sales for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, Microsoft parsed additional statistics regarding the $20 (1,600 MS points) downloadable game. More than 5.2 million total hours have been spent mining, 4 million total multiplayer sessions have been logged, and more than 2.4 million multiplayer hours have been recorded.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was developed by 4J Studios, the Scotland-based shop that built Xbox Live Arcade titles Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, and Banjo-Tooie. The game will add Kinect support at a later date via a patch and was the last title in Microsoft's Arcade Next promotion, which also saw the release of Trials Evolution, Bloodforge, and Fable Heroes.

For more on Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, check out GameSpot's review.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email

Join the conversation
There are 76 comments about this story