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Minecraft Tops 100 Million Sales ( 112

An anonymous reader writes: Mojang has announced today that its game 'Minecraft' has passed 100 million sales across all platforms, including PC, Mac, consoles and mobile. Nearly 53,000 copies of the game have been sold every single day around the world since the beginning of the year. What may be even more impressive is the fact that more than 40 million people actively open up a Minecraft world each month and play around with a blocky axe, shovel and sword. According to Wikipedia, Minecraft is the second-bestselling video game of all-time next to Tetris. Tetris has sold a whopping 495 million copies, so don't expect Minecraft to earn the number one spot anytime soon. Microsoft did acquire Mojang almost two years ago, and there has been no word on a sequel as the company continues to release Minecraft for new platforms like HoloLens and Samsung's Gear VR. Soon, there will even be a version made just for China too.
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Minecraft Tops 100 Million Sales

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  • Blocks? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 03, 2016 @03:44AM (#52239881)

    Note the top two selling games of all times are about placing blocks.

  • Waiting for news on how MS will monetize Minecrack.

    My 12 yo son is a Minecraft addict. On weeknights and weekends he pouts if he can't play. He's even got me into playing weekends on private servers and paying for his Realms account. Waiting on news on how they're turning the game into profitable accumulated player data.

    I just know they'll turn my minecraft model of the Geisel Library [] into profit, somehow.

    Still trying to figure out how to make it dance [].

    It will have to involve Redstone, I'm sure...

    • Waiting for news on how MS will monetize Minecrack.

      He's even got me [...] paying for his Realms account.

      Well, I know at least one answer to your question...

      But they're making it in a load of different ways. Direct sales, DLC skin packs, Minecraft Realms operations, licensing deals, accessories like shirts and hats, and the list goes on. Even if the average selling price for each copy of the game was just $10 (which is far less than the actual number), they'd have made over $1B from direct sales alone.

  • Earth (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    My dream is to play a Minecraft world that is a 1:1 mapping of Earth, with proper terrain and biomes. I did find a map called Earth long time ago but it was really scaled down and not very realistic (still impressive, though).
    I wonder if you could modify the chunk generator to download from Google Earth and generate realistic chunks on the fly...

    • Good luck finding a village in that world.

      Seriously, I wish villages would spawn in all of the different biomes using no mods - mountain villages, forest villages, ice plains villages, etc..
  • Minecraft did acquire Mojang almost two years ago...

    I think what you mean is

    Microsoft did acquire Mojang almost two years ago...

  • Microsoft didn't just get the game, they got the rights to the BRAND. Minecraft merchandise is huge. I know, I have three kids who love it.
    What I like about it is that my kids all share 1 account... they don't go out on servers to play, they just build worlds and do all kinds of stuff locally. I even set up a server for them, but they don't use it. They just open their worlds up to LAN access and have fun.

    I also like that it is set up (currently) so you buy the game and you are good. No paying for upgr

  • I just wish they would put a bit more effort into rekindling the support they had for the Raspberry Pi platform. There are quirky hacks to get the full version to work but it shouldn't have to be that complicated.

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