For a while now, it was well known that Minecraft was one of the best selling games of all time. The open sandbox creation game surpassed 100 million copies sold back in 2016. Despite releasing all the way back in 2009, the game continues to sell incredibly well each month. Following the celebration of Mojang Studios’ 11th anniversary, Microsoft has now confirmed that the game has surpassed 200 million copies sold – a milestone for the entire industry.
As reported by The Verge, Minecraft has now officially sold over 200 million copies. These figures come from Mojang Studios’ owner Microsoft, who bought the Swedish studio back in 2014 for $2.5 billion.
Even more surprising perhaps is the fact that the game continues to be played by a massive number of fans. Despite releasing back in 2009, most owners of Minecraft are still playing it to this day, with the game seeing a reported 126 million players each month.
200 million copies makes Minecraft by far the best selling paid video game of all time – at least based on available data. Though a game such as Tetris has commonly been said to be the best selling game of all time, detailed figures are not available for the classic puzzler. Based on available data, Minecraft is far and away the best selling game of all time, with Grand Theft Auto V being a not-so-close second – with 120 million copies sold.
Though there exist games with a far higher player base (Fortnite for example recently surpassed 350 million players), Minecraft is the best selling paid game, meaning that each of those 200 million players gave money directly to Mojang Studios/Microsoft. With Minecraft continuing to be so successful, it’ll be interesting to see how many copies the game will have sold by the time it hits its 20th anniversary.
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