Sometimes there are games created with a huge hype and ambition that falls flat on its face. Then there are games like Minecraft whose creators probably did not envision it would be seeing the cult following and blockbuster success that it is seeing. In fact according to Mojang’s Daniel Kaplan, it seems that the PC version of the game has sold 20 million copies to date.
Kaplan announced this on Twitter in which he wrote, “20 million copies of Minecraft PC sold. Thst [sic] is crazy. Thanks everyone for supporting us <3 and thanks for stickning with us for so long!” That’s pretty impressive especially when you consider that it was only last year that they were sitting on 15 million copies sold, so 5 million copies in a year is very good!
It should also be noted that this is just for the PC version of the game. The game has since managed to sell millions of copies on other platforms, like 30 million copies of Minecraft: Pocket Edition on mobile, 12 million copies for the Xbox 360, a million copies for the PS3, and we’re sure that those numbers have been on the rise ever since.
That being said, the game has evolved and is now seen as more than just a game. Educators have taken to it and will be using it for educational purposes to teach children about history, science, and technology. In fact the game can even be used to teach kids how to code, so it looks like Microsoft’s acquisition of Mojang (and subsequently Minecraft) was a good one.