Just as the newly established Mojang Studios celebrates 11 years since the launch of the first version of the game, Minecraft has hit 200 million sales. Microsoft revealed the news of these sales figures, alongside the face that 126 million people log in and play the game each and every day.
Microsoft explained that the game has seen a huge increase in use since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Over the last month, the game has seen an increase of 25% in new players, with a 40% rise in multiplayer sessions specifically.
Minecraft surpassed 100 million sales back in 2016, and the game saw a resurgence in popularity last year when YouTubers began returning to it for content. This was sparked by PewDiePie and followed by just about every YouTuber and streamer who could get their head around playing the game, no matter how terrible they were at it.
Mojang Studios was acquired by Microsoft almost six years ago for $2.5 billion, and at that time the game had sold over 50 million copies. Microsoft clearly knew what it was doing with this acquisition.
The fact that Minecraft hit 200 million sales after starting as a small project in the creator’s bedroom is wild. It was first distributed as a Java applet on a web forum but quickly gained traction. Minecraft itself also has a certain appeal with almost everyone who plays it, thanks to how open the gameplay is for players to do whatever they want.
So far there have been all kinds of community and individual projects, and we can’t wait to see what comes next.