Minecraft made $33 million in revenue so far

Minecraft creator Markus Persson has revealed that about 1.8 million people have bought Minecraft, leading to roughly $33 million in revenue.

25

We already had an inkling that the indie hit Minecraft has been financially successful. Just how successful, you may ask? The answer is somewhere around $33 million in revenue from 1.8 million users, reports Gamasutra.

Creator Markus "Notch" Persson responded to a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" question, saying the game sold roughly 800,000 in alpha for €9.95, then over 1 million beta versions at €14.95. A little math wizardry puts the total revenues at €23 million, or $33 million.

Persson notes that some is removed for PayPal and taxes, but he says "it's still a huge wad of money." At the same time, he isn't living too lavishly. "It all ends up in an account somewhere, and I try not to look at it. I get a normal salary these days for day to day stuff, but there's a big pile somewhere."

So now that Persson is an IGF award winner and a bona fide Richie Rich, he's in a good position to give advice to aspiring developers. "Start with just making games to get used to it," he said in the Reddit thread. "Focus on the details. What makes a jump animation feel good? What is a good main menu? Try to finish a few projects."

Editor-In-Chief
From The Chatty
  • reply
    April 6, 2011 1:45 PM

    Comment on Minecraft made $33 million in revenue so far, by Steve Watts.

    • reply
      April 6, 2011 1:46 PM

      Summary: Minecraft creator Markus Persson has revealed that about 1.8 million people have bought Minecraft, leading to roughly $33 million in revenue.

      • reply
        April 6, 2011 2:41 PM

        Summary summary: Notch is RIICH BITCH.

      • reply
        April 6, 2011 10:29 PM

        What's up with these summaries? Are they random entries or a new thing you guys have started doing?

        • reply
          April 7, 2011 1:40 AM

          They're for real Shackers who can't be bothered to leave the chatty long enough to read the article.

    • reply
      April 6, 2011 2:42 PM

      Stories like this that always make me ask the question: "What the hell have I done with my life???" It's rhetorical because I don't really want to know the answer. :(

      • reply
        April 6, 2011 3:04 PM

        I know what I have done with my life, played the games these rich guys make ;D

      • reply
        April 6, 2011 3:05 PM

        Think of all the independent game developers that have produced commercial games since the inception of the PC. How many of them made +$33 million dollars? How many busted their ass for hours on games that were good, and never got close to Notch's success.

        Notch caught lightning in a bottle. The odds to achieve what he did are astronomical. Probably not state lottery level, but still crazy high. I mean, listen to the way he describes development? Did he have a master plan that outlined the precise campaign to bring him to this point of success? Nope. He's just as surprised as we were when it started going super viral.

        • reply
          April 7, 2011 6:50 AM

          a thousand to 1 maybe? plenty of indy games have sold this amount at this price, this guy's just doing a lot better cause it's just him.

      • reply
        April 6, 2011 10:08 PM

        Just imagine how the guy who created Infiniminer feels

    • reply
      April 6, 2011 6:20 PM

      I think the chances of this game becoming a finished product are getting slimmer and slimmer.

      • reply
        April 6, 2011 6:25 PM

        Why? He's still updating it regularly.

        I keep seeing posts like this. Just because he's not progressing it in the direction that some people want doesn't mean he isn't progressing it.

        • reply
          April 6, 2011 6:46 PM

          I think a lot of people are making those posts because he isn't doing updates as often as he used to.

          • reply
            April 6, 2011 10:10 PM

            well, hookers and blow doesn't do itself.

            • reply
              April 6, 2011 10:16 PM

              Vacations aren't going to take themselves either: http://i53.tinypic.com/r73yps.png

              • reply
                April 7, 2011 3:02 AM

                So he has more money than he could ever need and he spends half his time after years of development still working on the game to give people updates for free? This guy belongs in a pool of acid.

                • reply
                  April 7, 2011 3:21 AM

                  The people that work only so they can retire young typically aren't the ones who end up becoming multi-millionaires.

                  • reply
                    April 7, 2011 3:24 AM

                    Indeed. I don't believe many of the complainers are multi-millionaires. :)

                  • reply
                    April 7, 2011 1:10 PM

                    was the goal to become a multi-millionaire or to make enough to have an amazing life?

              • reply
                April 7, 2011 5:26 AM

                Wow, this just seems stalkerish.

                I bought the game, had some fun with it, haven't touched it in a few months. This is no different than almost every other game I buy, and I spent a lot less on Minecraft than I have on other games.

              • reply
                April 7, 2011 6:55 AM

                wtf, so he can build something better than you can even start *even when he takes 33% of his time off* is your point that you suck hairy nuts?

      • reply
        April 6, 2011 10:22 PM

        I agree. There is no end to Minecraft. They'll keep adding random features forever. Or, they will finally accept that the modding community can do a better job, release it with good mod and community support, and let it go.

        • reply
          April 6, 2011 10:31 PM

          Really, there are two paths. He can go Angry Birds, where everything is about Minecraft, the franchise, and growth.

          Or he can wrap it up and move on to something else. Mods are the edge for that decision. If you want to wrap it up, then your suggestion is the ideal end game.

          • reply
            April 7, 2011 7:14 AM

            This is what I don't get, why the fuck is Notch making a card game? I'm not even saying it's bad - but he needs to hammer this Minecraft franchise with content/merchandise the lot. Not stretch his efforts to unproven properties.

            He may be a one hit wonder, but his one hit could stretch multiple games and make a shitload of money.

            • Zek
              reply
              April 7, 2011 12:56 PM

              Notch isn't working on Scrolls at all.

            • reply
              April 7, 2011 2:04 PM

              It's not like he needs money. The dude is flush with cash. Not only does it make complete business sense to create a new IP to generate more revenue streams, but being able to do something else as well is a huge relief when it comes to mental health.

              Also.. he's not really involved in the card game from what I understand.

              • reply
                April 7, 2011 2:29 PM

                How does it make any business sense at all? You have an IP, you need to build the brand. Look at Rovio with Angry birds.

                Scrolls will be a nothing game, it will not make the money that Minecraft can.

                The dude is flush with cash yes, and maybe that's ok for him - but he could be building an empire out of this.

                • reply
                  April 7, 2011 9:04 PM

                  Who says he wants to build an empire, though?

                  Hell, I don't know why he even started a company. Seems like he'd be perfectly happy just pumping out fun little indie games and living comfortably for the rest of his life.

                  God knows I would.

        • reply
          April 7, 2011 12:52 PM

          They are already trying to embrace the modding community. Soon there will be a new mod interface so implementing mods will be a breeze. Plus notch stated that they want to use more mods people have made directly into the game, but they just can't steal the code and say it is theirs. He is working on a way to have mods submitted with some legal option of "we aren't stealing your mod, you are giving it to use to implement in the game" kinda thing.

      • reply
        April 6, 2011 10:27 PM

        Has anyone defined what finished is? Is there some master list that Notch has posted that he said would bring it out of beta and into "1.0"? Seems to me there is a lot of "untapped potential" wishing from everyone and if he doesn't deliver on that, it's a failure.

    • reply
      April 7, 2011 3:00 AM

      Good for him. Works hard on a game, people buy the game, gets rich, takes some time off. I find it humorous that people act like he owes them something. I'd bet an overwhelming portion of the people complaining have gotten better bang for buck ratio out of minecraft than most games they buy. I'd also bet that most of the complainers would have worked even less than he has, or dropped their gloves entirely after the first few million dollars.

      But hey, go team entitlement, go!

      • reply
        April 7, 2011 3:09 AM

        im pretty sure a large portion of the more insane whiners simply have aspergers and/or zero perspective.

    • reply
      April 7, 2011 5:20 AM

      Still an utter mystery to me what so many people find so alluring about this game.

      • reply
        April 7, 2011 5:22 AM

        Same reason people like Legos.

      • reply
        April 7, 2011 12:49 PM

        I really think its more like a combination of legos and an erector set. You aren't just stacking blocks, you also are trying to invent creative ways to implement your ideas.

    • reply
      April 7, 2011 12:56 PM

      If I enter the white house address, do you think the CIA will come and rape me?