Minecraft has now sold more than the Myst series. More than that, it's less than 350,000 copies away from riding into Red Dead Redemption’s town (on a 1.6.1 update horse, natch) and declaring the environs sufficiently cramped to merit a duel.
In terms of copies sold, it’s now about as valuable as Raving Rabbids is to Ubisoft, or Metroid is to Nintendo.
The numbers come, as ever, from Mojang’s own stats page - which should be everyone’s first port of call when they start to lose their faith in the buying habits of Joe Public. In fact, Minecraft on PC crossed the 14 million boundary at the weekend - it’s sold 17,354 copies in the last 24 hours alone. That’s genuinely astounding to think about.
The computer version of Minecraft has now sold 14 million copies. Celebrating by having no idea how to play Lego marvel on ps4!
— Markus Persson (@notch) February 1, 2014
I’m starting to think that Notch’s decision to keep Mojang small - laudable though it was, preserving the developers’ distinct character in the process - won’t enable him to make the most of his burgeoning pockets.
Even with Notch’s PS4, there’s simply no way that 40 people can burn through so much development cash in their natural lifespans. So either Notch pours funding into lich research to ensure the Mojang team can push out Minecraft update 72.1.6 even after death, or - my suggestion - he builds another Blizzard on the side, just because he can.
What do you lot reckon? Where should the surplus Minecraft money go?
As for Minecraft itself: next on the cards is creeper-vision.