News spread this past week that Minecraft sales exceeded one-hundred (100) million copies.
The number, as of June 1st was actually a bit past 100 million.
[su_quote cite=”mojang.com” url=”https://mojang.com/2016/06/weve-sold-minecraft-many-many-times-look/”]After a certain number of sales it’s only appropriate that an infographic be made, and said infographic shared for players, parents, and games journalists. So feast your eyes upon the two images displayed in this post! We’d like to offer our heartfelt thanks to every one of you who’s bought Minecraft over the past few years, no matter which platform you play on. We’re constantly in awe of our community and the amazing things you achieve together. You really are the best. <3[/su_quote]
Probably more surprising is that the game has sold, on average, 53K copies a day in 2016. Not bad for a game getting to its fifth birthday.
As a cross platform title, Minecraft is only behind Tetris. Of course Tetris has sold nearly 500 million copies in the last 30 years, appearing on platforms as diverse as programmable calculators, iPods, nearly every gaming console ever, and whatever OS you happened to be running back in the day.
What is so surprising about the number of sales and the “Minecraft phenomena” is that Mojang doesn’t make content.
They make the client and an open source version of the server . . . but all you need is the client . . . and have left nearly everything else to the community that has formed around the game. It is all in the hands of the players.
Don’t like the default settings? Change them! There aren’t enough settings? Run a third party version of the server! Don’t like the looks or want some new feature? There is probably a mod for that! Don’t like the current version? Set the client to run an old version! Want somebody to host your server? So many choices! Play solo? Check! Play with friends on a closed server? Check! Make an open server for anybody? Check! PvE? Check! PvP? Check! Creative mode? Check! Hardcore perma-death? Covered! Special maps? All over the place!
And yes, not ALL of those options apply to the three versions of Minecraft. Again, the PC Master Race gets the greater range of flexibility. But even on the console version, the most limited of the three, Mojang still doesn’t make content.
Mojang has created a sandbox game that has achieved a life of its own. Even the space-sim-sandbox of my heart, EVE Online, has to provide content for its players. Minecraft just drops you in a fresh world and tells you to punch a tree. You want something? Go build it. They don’t even care about a player economy. It’s been done.
And they succeeded!