Minecraft is officially one of the most successful games of all time selling over 100 million copies since it released in 2011. When Microsoft bought Mojang in 2014 they had sold 50 million copies. That means that since Microsoft picked up the developer, they have been selling, on average, 53,000 copies a day.
While Minecraft roots are with PC, it isn’t the platform that has made up the biggest sales with console and the Pocket Edition selling more in every region around the world. In North America, 41 percent of gamers play Minecraft on mobile, compared to 40 percent on consoles and 10 percent PC. In Europe, 36 percent play Minecraft on mobile, whereas 35 percent play on console and 29 percent on PC.
Across all platforms, Mojang say that 40 million players load up Minecraft each month and if they all held hands, that many people would wrap around the world one and a half times as well as a lot of sweaty palms.
If you got everyone who had purchased the game together, they would be the 12th most populous country in the world exceeding the population of every country in the EU coming in just behind Japan.
Talking of the most favoured version of the block builder, the Pocket Edition and Windows 10 version (which seems like a bit of cheat to combine as Windows 10 should come under PC really) Mojang has released a trailer for that exact combination of Windows 10 and Pocket Edition which will be getting Update 0.15 known as “The Friendly Update” and adds pistons.
If you like the Rube Goldberg machine seen in the trailer, Mojang has made it available for you to download when the update comes out and you can download it here. You can also check out the changelist for the Friendly Update here. There is currently no release date scheduled for the release of the update.
Minecraft is available for Mac, PC (non-Windows 10), Windows 10 PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U as well as Minecraft Pocket Edition being available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
Tetris still holds to top spot for most successful game of all time selling over 400 million copies.