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Minecraft: Over One Million Sold

by Alice O'Connor, Jan 13, 2011 8:00am PST
Related Topics – Minecraft, Software Sales, minecraft, PC

We can all appreciate the soft, voluptuous and Rubenesque form of a number with many zeroes so here's another for you--Minecraft yesterday passed 1,000,000 sales.

It's undoubtedly a colossal success for a game which has yet to be released--it entered beta only last month--and was initially worked on by one single person, creator Markus 'Notch' Persson. As the half-million mark was hit in late October 2010, the dig 'em up sold that other 500,000 in a touch over two months.

While the alpha version cost only €9.95 (around $13) and guaranteed all future Minecraft updates for free, now you'll have to buy the beta version, which is priced at €14.95 ($20-ish) and only promises bug fixes for free post-launch. When the game does finally launch--expected to be "sometime late this year"--the price will go up again.

Some of the profits from Minecraft have gone towards building up Mojang Productions, Notch's studio, which continues to work on Minecraft as well as a secret new game.





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