Mojang was acquired by Microsoft back in September 2014 for $2.5 billion. At the time of purchase, the studio had comfortably sold 50 million Minecraft copies across all major platforms, including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. In these past two years, Microsoft has only pushed harder to make Minecraft more accessible and attractive, in the process further bolstering its sales. Today, the publisher has proudly announced that Minecraft has successfully crossed the magical 100 million sales figure.
This is nothing short of amazing. To think that a personal small-time project would gain traction so quickly and soon dominate the video games market. According to an infographic released by the developer, the player-base of Minecraft comprises of every country and territory on the planet. The game even has four proud owners in the frozen caps of Antarctica. “If each person that bought a copy formed a nation, it would be the 12th most populous in the world, behind Russia, Japan, and Mexico,” quipped Mojang.
The statistics further reveal that the mobile version of the game is the most popular platform in every region, besides Latin America where the console port has taken top spot. The PC version on the other hand is the most popular in Europe and Asia. Interestingly, both the Pocket Edition and Console Edition make up for the majority of sales in North America – 41 percent and 40 percent respectively.
Minecraft is the child of Markus “Notch” Persson, who after settling for a handsome figure in the acquisition gave the reigns to Jens Bergensten who still leads Mojang at this point. While Notch may have distanced himself from the idea of releasing any more games, Mojang continues to work around the clock to evolve Minecraft.
Minecraft is now available on pretty much any platform you can think of, including Windows Phone, Wii U, PlayStation Vita; there’s even a Raspberry Pi version in there.