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Minecraft tops 100 million units sold worldwide

That's a lot of blocks.


We know Minecraft is popular. It has been popular for so long that it was already a year and a half ago that Microsoft dropped $2.5 billion for developer Mojang in September 2014. So it should come as no surprise that the game has now sold more than 100 million units.

According to a quaint little graphic from Mojang, the game has sold at least one copy to every country and territory in the world (including four in Antarctica). That works out to be about 53,000 copies sold per day. We'll let you peruse the details below:

The game, originally released on PC in late 2011, has spawned versions for last and current gen consoles, as well as mobile. It has also prompted a Story mode, developed by Telltale, that was released late last year. Microsoft just recently revealed that it will be creating a version of the game designed specifically for the Chinese market as well.

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    June 2, 2016 8:40 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Minecraft tops 100 million units sold worldwide

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      June 2, 2016 8:52 AM

      That is one hell of a lot of copies. Kinda surprised that mobile is as popular as it is, I figured it would be behind both PC and consoles.

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        June 2, 2016 8:54 AM

        I don't know a single kid under 13 who doesn't have Minecraft on their tablet or mom's old iphone.

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        June 2, 2016 9:17 AM

        Yeah, I also assumed that PC would be ahead of mobile as mobile was so limited for a while, while PC always has most of the new features first.

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          June 2, 2016 9:43 AM

          Yeah the console versions have a subset of the PC list of features and the mobile versions always have a subset of the console versions list of features. And the Pi version has only the features that shipped in 0.1 since they never updated that one again but holy hell the Pi community has really run with it.

          So I've always been befuddled why anyone wants to play Minecraft with a controller or touch screen, especially one with fewer features, but apparently the vast majority of Minecraft players don't give a shit and just play on whatever they have.

          I'm also shocked it's still stuck at #1 on the iOS apps paid list for many months now. It's curious to me how not everyone just owns it by now. Even Angry Birds 2 eventually fell off.

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        June 2, 2016 10:36 AM

        Everybody has a phone. A lot of people have no idea the difference in feature sets. I was just talking to a friend this weekend and she picked it up on her phone just to see what her little brother was going on about.

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      June 2, 2016 9:12 AM

      that's amazing. if they made it available on Steam with workshop support i'd buy it again. also is the header screenshot of an actual available skin?

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      June 2, 2016 9:14 AM

      For some reason I assumed they'd passed that a long time ago. It's on so many different platforms now and I've bought it at least twice.

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      June 2, 2016 9:17 AM

      so are things better or worse now that MS is running the show? I'm a late-joiner to the whole minecraft scene so I'm not sure.

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        June 2, 2016 9:37 AM

        With the exception of some EULA tweaks or enforcements on in-game advertising, everything seems to be about the same as it was before they bought them. Hell, in the time since they bought them they finished and released the once-canceled Wii U version.

        So to Microsoft's credit they haven't dicked everything up. Not yet anyway.

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        June 2, 2016 9:39 AM

        MS bought them just after 1.8 came out. 1.9 was the most time that an update took, by almost 50%. That said, I don't think they have modified the development team much; the could have easily tripple the size of the team and ruined the way the team worked together but gotten the release out faster.
        The are working towards getting all the versions supporting the same stuff. Possibly to eventually kill Java and have an equivalent C# versiom

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          June 2, 2016 9:44 AM

          Yeah I think the new "Windows 10 Edition" will eventually be what Minecraft just is, but since Microsoft is all cross-platform and open source these days, I bet it's still running on everything, just not in Java anymore.

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          June 2, 2016 10:08 AM

          Oh man! 1.10 prelease 1 just came out!
          That means 1.10 is close to release and will probably be the fastest release (and fewest features) since 1.0

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      June 2, 2016 9:32 AM

      i remember some flash-based web thing where you could zoom in to microscopic planck levels or zoom out to galaxy superclusters and beyond. along the way, one of the zoom levels was the square footage of all minecraft worlds that have been created and it was like cosmic scale- and that was a few years ago. i'd love to know how much larger it's gotten

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