Minecraft Achieves Monumental 300 Million Sales Milestone
Beloved video game Minecraft has rewritten the record books with an astounding 300 million copies sold worldwide. Announced by developer Mojang Studios during the recent Minecraft Live 2023 event, this incredible achievement places Minecraft in a league of its own with the figures equating to 47 copies of Minecraft being sold every minute since its release almost 12 years ago in November 2011. This sets it far ahead of its nearest competitor, Grand Theft Auto V, which had sold 185 million copies as of August 2023.
Super Mario holds the top spot in the best-selling franchise category with over 800 million games sold, while Tetris secures second place with more than 520 million copies, including an impressive 425 million on mobile devices.
Minecraft's popularity can be attributed to its consistent experience across the platforms it covers. Helen Chiang, the head of Minecraft Studios, celebrated this remarkable achievement, saying, "The 300 million figure was a milestone no one could have dreamed of when we were all placing our first blocks."
Released in 2011, the game allows users to create anything they can imagine with its iconic cubes of different materials. In 2014, Microsoft acquired Minecraft for a staggering £2 billion, further solidifying its place in the gaming industry. Minecraft's influence extends beyond the confines of the game itself, with YouTube videos related to Minecraft amassing more than one trillion views including videos from masked streamer Dream and the Sidemen’s Vikkstar123 at various points in their careers.
So, how did Minecraft reach the 300 million milestone? While Mojang has not revealed the breakdown, the figure encompasses sales across all platforms including sales on PC, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo.
This success story showcases the enduring popularity and universal appeal of Minecraft, offering players from all walks of life the opportunity to craft and explore their virtual worlds. With no signs of slowing down, Minecraft continues to capture the imagination of players young and old, proving that, even after over a decade, its charm remains as potent as ever.