Minecraft, one of the most popular games in the world, has just set a new record. This sandbox game has sold 300 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling games of all time.
This latest achievement was announced by developer Mojang Studios at the Minecraft Live event on Sunday (15/10). During the event, Mojang also revealed other interesting statistics, such as the average player making more than 700,000 cakes and 8.8 million pickaxes a day.
Mojang last revealed Minecraft sales figures in April 2021. At that time, this game had sold 238 million copies.
Mojang did not explain the distribution of Minecraft on each platform. So this figure of 300 million is a combination of sales on iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, Windows, Nintendo Switch and other platforms since 2011.
Thanks to this achievement, Minecraft is moving further away from Grand Theft Auto V in second place, which has sold 185 million copies as of August 2023. But GTA V is considered newer because it was released in 2013.
However, these two games have not succeeded in beating Super Mario’s record, which has sold more than 800 million copies. But Super Mario is a huge franchise with more than 20 games in the Super Mario series.
Minecraft is the most popular game among children
Another game that is no less popular is Tetris. Even though it is considered retro, Tetris has apparently sold more than 520 million copies in various variations since the 1980s, as quoted from Gizmodo, Wednesday (18/10/2023).
But Tetris and Minecraft cannot be compared. This is because Tetris is a game series that has different mechanics and graphics in each version and platform, while the game is the same game on any platform.
Minecraft was first released by Mojang Studios in November 2011. However, an incomplete pre-release version has been available since 2009. Minecraft was then purchased by Microsoft in 2014 for USD 2.5 billion.
Even though it is more than a decade old, Minecraft remains popular among adult gamers and children. Even outside of games, Minecraft cannot be avoided because there is a lot of content and YouTube videos discussing this game. According to Google, YouTube videos related to that game have been viewed more than 1 trillion times.
Even though the sales figures are fantastic, the number of Minecraft players is still less than other games such as Fortnite. According to ActivePlayer.io data, Fortnite has a monthly active player count of between 220 million and 250 million, while Minecraft’s monthly player count at its peak was 182 million.