Mojang has revealed that Minecraft has sold over 106 million copies to date across all of its major platforms. We all knew that Minecraft was popular, but the truth is still rather staggering. As the post explains, if everyone who had purchased Minecraft over the last several years got together and formed their own nation, it would be the twelfth most populated country in the world, behind Japan and Mexico which take tenth and eleventh.
In terms of where Minecraft stands on the “best selling video games of all time” list, it’s kind of tough to track this stuff. The list currently available on Wikipedia is reliant on some very sketchy sources, and with the shift to digital downloads, there isn’t as much raw data to pull from. It seems like Minecraft is the best selling single game of all time, with Tetris being the only thing to beat it, but that counts a lot of different versions, including those on TI calculators.
While Mojang didn’t share the raw numbers of sales in various regions, they did break many of them down into their respective categories. The differences between mobile, PC, and console sales of Minecraft can really shift between areas, with mobile usually taking the top spot, but with exceptions like South America. Surprisingly, PC sales were lower in almost all regions. Considering this is where Minecraft began, and where the game has the most robust feature set, it’s an interesting look into how people consume their games.
And Minecraft has shown no signs of slowing down, with an average of 53,000 copies sold every single day this year. 40 million players play Minecraft every month, showing that there is still a large and active community around the game. It has also spread all around the world, with four copies having been sold in Antarctica.
Mojang also expressed gratitude to the consumer who made this colossal achievement possible, saying “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”