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2011’s Minecraft becomes the second best-selling game of August 2019

Minecraft Steve strides boldly through the grass with his dog at his side, pursued by aggressive mobs and farm animals, in one of the best survival games, Minecraft.

It looks like the mighty Minecraft had a pretty sizzling August, becoming the second best-selling videogame of the month. That’s according to American market research organisation, the NPD Group, which has released some market highlights for August 2019. With a current ranking of 13th best-selling game of this year so far, the NPD says its performance this August gave it an “all-time high placement on the best-sellers chart.”

As shared by US videogames analyst at the NPD, Mat Piscatella, on Twitter, in terms of US dollar sales, Minecraft achieved its “highest placement ever reached on the monthly best-sellers chart” this August, according to the NPD’s data research. It also “remains the all-time best-selling game in the strategy classification genre,” as well as sitting in the number 13 spot for best-selling games of 2019 so far on its charts, the company reports.

This is an interesting result for the now-eight year old sandbox game, which Piscatella reflects in a YouTube video he’s posted about the market highlights. Covered as a “notable performance” by Piscatella, he says that the game has had “an exceptionally good summer.”

It’s worth bearing in mind that, due to the game’s age and the different versions that have been available over the years, it’s possible that some of Minecraft’s past performance might not be fully reflected in this result – but it’s still an impressive feat for the game nonetheless, as the NPD’s findings show.

Mojang keeps a ticker counting traditional PC sales on the official site, and at the time of writing, it’s well over the 32 million mark.

If you’re inspired to jump into the game, either as a new or veteran player, check out our guides to the best Minecraft skins, Minecraft maps, and best Minecraft builds to help you get started on – and get the most out of – Mojang’s wondrous world of blocks.

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