November 11, 2019 Minecraft’s player count continues its upward trajectory.
Minecraft might just be the biggest game in the world today, and the latest player counts indicate that it’s bigger than nearly every country in the world. Between traditional paid sales worldwide and registered accounts for the free-to-play version in China, Minecraft’s reached 480 million players all told.
The bulk of that number comes from the Chinese release, which launched in 2017 and has already brought in nearly 300 million players, as analyst Daniel Ahmad notes on Twitter. The paid version has sold 180 million copies worldwide. The combined number would make Minecraft the third-biggest country in the world, behind only China and India.
Minecraft also has 112 million monthly active players, according to an interview between Mojang studio head Helen Chiang and Business Insider. “What we find is that it’s a game that players keep coming back to,” says Chiang. “It may not always be the one that’s in the forefront, because there are a lot of great games that continue to come out, but it’s one that they love to return to.”
While the bulk of the player count number comes from the free-to-play Chinese version, Minecraft sales are still going strong, too. The venerable block builder was the second best-selling game of August in the US. In 2019. In 2019!
There’s no sign of Minecraft 2 on the horizon, but if the first game carries on like this, we don’t need one. Check out the best Minecraft mods if you’re looking for more ways to extend the game for yourself.