May 20, 2019 Minecraft’s player count continues its upward trajectory.
Minecraft celebrated its tenth anniversary last week, using the opportunity to announce a brand-new game in the form of Minecraft Earth. But as well as Mojang’s apparent affinity for Pokemon Go, Microsoft also revealed new sales figures for the iconic block-builder.
In an announcement over the weekend, the publisher said that “Minecraft has sold more than 176 million copies to-date in virtually every country in the world.” To put that in perspective, if Minecraft were a country, those numbers would make it the eighth-largest in the world.
Those numbers are, of course, not unique to PC – they’ll include console figures, as well as the mobile-specific Pocket Edition – but that doesn’t mean they’re not mind-bogglingly impressive. For context, other than Tetris (which could rival Minecraft for the title of best-selling game ever) the only game to surpass 100 million sales is Grand Theft Auto V. Publisher Take-Two Interactive recently announced that that game had reached 110 million sales, adding ten million in just six months.
While purchased copies of Minecraft have been climbing bit by bit over the past decade, elsewhere they’ve shot up. Minecraft China, a free-to-play version of the game distributed by NetEase, recently surpassed 200 million players.
While those figures do suggest that growth has slowed down since the game’s release in 2017. It took Minecraft China just over a year to reach the 150 million mark, but that far outstripped the growth of the original game, which had taken nearly a decade to reach that kind of milestone.
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In October 2018, Microsoft reported that Minecraft had 91 million monthly active players. Given Minecraft’s age that news came as a bit of a surprise – but China offers all the explanation needed.
Across the world, Minecraft has been gearing up for its tenth anniversary. For nostalgic fans, that meant the release of browser-based Minecraft Classic, but one person will be notably absent from the celebrations. Original creator Marcus ‘Notch’ Persson hasn’t been invited to the Minecraft party as a result of the “comments and opinions” he’s shared online.