Minecraft Becomes First Video Game To Reach 300 Million In Sales

Posted by at 10:26 pm on October 16, 2023

Developer Mojang Studios has announced that Minecraft, first released in early access in 2009, has now sold over 300 million copies worldwide. It is the first individual videogame to hit such a milestone, with its closest rival Grand Theft Auto V languishing behind on a mere 185 million copies (as of August 2023). Other series have sold more over multiple entries (Mario games are estimated to have sold over 800 million), and variations (Tetris on 520 million, 425 million of which are on mobile), but no single game has ever sold as many copies as this.

“As we approach the 15th anniversary, Minecraft remains one of the best-selling games of all time, with over 300 million copies sold, a milestone no one could have dreamed of when we were all placing our first blocks,” said Helen Chiang, head of Mojang Studios.

The news came as part of Minecraft Live, and an accompanying blogpost shared an infographic about an average day in the game: 915 KM traversed on piggyback, 400,000 wolves tamed, 15 million pickaxes crafted, 6.7 million diamonds discovered, 15 million skeletons slain, and 700,000 cakes made.

Minecraft was originally released in May 2009, as an early access version, with the full release coming in November 2011. The game was a solo production, coded in Java by Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, before the full release saw him stepping back and Jens Bergensten taking over lead development. Its success was so stratospheric that Microsoft bought Minecraft and Mojang outright for a cool $2.5 billion (£2bn) in 2014, shortly after which Persson left the studio.

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