Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, then there’s a good chance you’ve come across Minecraft at least once. The game first came about 2011 exclusively on PC, but quickly became such a massive hit that it was brought to several other platforms—a whopping 20 to be exact. The most recent release is the New Nintendo 3DS version which came out of scenic nowhere late last year just a few months after the launch of the Nintendo Switch Edition.
Since Minecraft has become such a popular and widespread franchise, it should come as no surprise that it recently hit a new sales milestone: 144 million copies. This was revealed during an interview with the new Head of Minecraft, Helen Chaing, which was conducted by Popsugar. She also confirmed that just last month (December) the amount of active users have also increased, now putting the number at a whopping 74 million players. That’s about 51.4% of the total amount of units sold.
Minecraft continues to stand as not just one of the most popular brands in the entertainment world, but it also has the privilege of being the second best-selling game of all time to date, losing only to that of the retro-classic Tetris which has sold 170 million units across its several iterations since the original 1984 release. Will Minecraft manage to top that? It could happen. The game was purchased by Microsoft back in September 2014 for a whopping $2.5 billion US dollars, which has allowed the game to expand even further thanks to it now being supported by Microsoft’s massive amount of resources. As the game continues to acquire new features, its popularity and sales will continue to grow as well.
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.