Minecraft Has Sold 12 Million Copies, Which Is A Lot

By John Walker on September 3rd, 2013 at 8:00 am.

How many copies of Minecraft have you bought? I think I’ve bought it a couple of times on PC, and definitely once on mobile. Although this 12 million is just PC sales, it seems. Despite being four years old, in just the last 24 hours it’s sold 13,947 copies. At full price (€19.95) that’s £236,880 in the last day! Even accounting for discounts, when you guess at Xbox and mobile sales, it puts total revenue somewhere near the £200,000,000 mark.

Meanwhile, Notch is flying helicopters into Jaguars because he likes the scraping sound, before blowing up a castle and climbing his caviar-and-fois-gras mountain. Cheers, Kotaku.

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  1. Spacewalk says:

    That’s a lot of cheeseburgers.

  2. Discopanda says:

    I DON’T LIKE NOTCH BECAUSE HE’S TOO SUCCESSFUL AND DOESN’T DESERVE ALL THOSE CHEESEBURGERS.

    • Spoon Of Doom says:

      AND YOU NEVER MADE A GAEM AND ARENT ALLOWED TO EVEN TALK ABOUT HIS CHEESEBURGERS!!! FOR SOME REASON I’M SO GOSHDARN ANGRY ABOUT YOU CRITICIZING HIM THAT I’M ABOUT TO DO A CREEPER AND JUST EXPLOOOOOOOODE!

    • Grey Poupon says:

      I don’t like Minecraft, but I like Notch because he’s funding Age of Wonders 3. He could eat puppies for breakfast and I’d still like him. Or puppy cheeseburgers.

  3. mollemannen says:

    he spends it all on hats

  4. Spoon Of Doom says:

    Minecraft Has Sold 12 Million Copies, Which Is A Lot

    Needs citation. Is that really a lot? What if it’s just quite a bit? Or if it’s a metric f**kton? You can’t go spreading such bold claims without having good sources to back it up.

    • jezcentral says:

      It’s 1.1023 of an imperial sh*t-ton.

    • Shuck says:

      Those sales figures put it in the (tied) number three position in the list of the best-selling PC games of all time. So I figure that’s at least 10^3 crap-loads.

  5. MrSean490 says:

    My game has sold more.*

    -

    *I’m lying.

  6. Drayk says:

    I am nitpicking but it’s : “foie gras”.

    • Gap Gen says:

      I dunno about you but this is one fat time I’m having over here.

  7. Njordsk says:

    If only I had more imagination than making a rock house and a cave *sigh*

    • Spoon Of Doom says:

      I have the imagination, but not nearly enough willpower and patience to keep mining and building that stuff, so I end up with only a handful of empty rooms and maybe a garden field instead of my mountain castle before I give up.

      • AngusPrune says:

        I got a little further. I terraformed a mountain in to a volcano, built an obsidian entranceway with a giant skull around it (initially of wool, but I discovered wool doesn’t go well with lava so now sandstone..) Built a lava door with redstone opening and closing mechanism, and dug a huge palace with underground farms and a throne room with lava backlit skull and crossbones motif.

        Then I sat on my giant throne and thought… er… what now?

        • Gap Gen says:

          It’s better multiplayer, because then you’re sharing your creations with other people and wandering through what they built. I agree that I lose interest in single player quite quickly.

    • Bluerps says:

      You could make a really tall rock house and a really big cave (At the same time!).

    • fish99 says:

      I never really cared about the building in Minecraft, to me the fun is in exploring and spelunking. Finding a great cave system and fully exploring/lighting it all, finding diamonds etc.

  8. Koozer says:

    I wish someone would hurry up and make a first person sandbox game with the level of simulation of Dwarf Fortress, that doesn’t run like a dog, have myriad bugs with every patch, weird illogical circuit building rules, weird illogical fluid physics, or XP orbs.

    • gunny1993 says:

      If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

    • MykulJaxin says:

      If wishes were fishes we’d all have a fry.

    • LionsPhil says:

      If wishes were Minecraft sales, Notch would be almost 2% richer.

    • Gap Gen says:

      If wishes were tangible objects then either thought would violate entropy or thoughts would be limited by the ability for the universe to convert latent background energy into physical objects. Either way, problematic, unless you’re in Michael Moorcock’s Dancers at the End of Time or something.

    • sinister agent says:

      If wishes were giant predatory birds we’d all have to be very careful.

  9. Shadowcat says:

    John: Why have you bought it more than once on PC? (serious question).

  10. razorramone says:

    Minecraft was ruined for me when at breaktime I saw my class of seven year olds all playing it.

    • Everyone says:

      … why?

      • razorramone says:

        If a seven year old has the mental capacity to play and enjoy it, I doubt its that mentally stimulating or challenging for us adults.

        Also its like when you watch Offspring play and realise they are all mid-40s now, except its the opposite.

        • RedViv says:

          Things we did in primary: Crosswords, footie, theater, painting, learning.
          Things that adults seem to enjoy of those: Crosswords, footie, theater, occasionally learning.

          I do not see your point here. Expound.

        • MasterDex says:

          I’m pretty confident that the challenge/ mental stimulation for adults with Minecraft can often be greater than that which a 7 year old would ever naturally face through playing the game.

          For instance, a 7 year old might want to build a castle and, with some help from friends or an older person. might get a pretty nice looking castle – it might even have lighting!

          On the other hand, an adult, with all the experience of being an adult and not a 7 year old child would make that same castle, likely make it more realistic and on a bigger scale, fit in a working moat and drawbridge then, using the mods they’ve installed, program that drawbridge to open by remote, link that drawbridge to noteblocks that act as an alarm, link all of this to a computer that closes every door in the castle then have it so that the only way to shut off the alarm and open the doors be entering a specific key code. This is all stuff that wouldn’t cross the mind of most 7 year olds.

        • gunny1993 says:

          Wow ….

          New entry to “the top ten most utterly ridiculous statements on the internet”

          Just beating out ‘I don’t oppose Islam as a country’

        • Everyone says:

          My son is 2 & 1/2 years old. He loves running. I run regularly and quite enjoy it. But your incisive insight into the nature of maturity and enjoyment has been quite revealing; I must stop running and I must, most certainly, stop enjoying it.

        • Koozer says:

          I enjoyed maths, drawing, writing stories and reading encyclopaedias in primary school. I’m pretty sure those things are quite popular amongst respectable adults too.

        • Leb says:

          Well, if you require an extreme amount of mental stimulation Mr. Adult.

          Download Feed-the-Beast Mindcrack edition.

          Sit at your PC with a calculator, calculating the efficiency of your low pressure boilers compared to your high pressure boilers… then the ratio of how many boiler blocks per industrial steam engine will reach peak energy generation, use generated energy to create an automated mining quarry, start an automated rubber processing plant, create more electrical machines u can dream of, jetpack through hell, and then make a nuclear reactor to up your power count further?

          Or leave that to the 7 year olds…

          Minecraft is a title that, while simple at its core and enjoyable by anyone
          - 7 year olds can build their little lego houses
          - My wife lets her interior decorater come to life
          - with some mods I touch base with my engineering side
          - sometimes I play with magical mods and unique research trees
          - sometimes I play with RPG mods that give the adventure aspect quite a bit of depth

          I think the crossword allusion someone left above is a good one… a crossword can be dead simple or it can be complex and challenging. It’s up to the user to define those bounds

        • aepervius says:

          Yeah because it is very likely that :
          1) 7 year old do complex mods simulating a lot of stuff including an OS
          2) 7 year old reproduce a full functionning CPU using fragging redstone only
          3) 7 year old do PVP map like race for the wool
          4) etc…

          On the other hand as 7 year old I enjoyed chess. Poof Chess is ruined for you. And you count other activity, I played doctor when I was 8. No more sex for you, since a 8 year old was doing it, then as an adult it is not anymore interresting.

          Yes your statement made no sense.

        • bj says:

          I was just going to reply to this with a quick bit of snark, but fuck it, let’s be sincere for once instead.

          Minecraft is as challenging and mentally stimulating as you want it to be, and that’s the beauty of it. It doesn’t tell you what to do, and it doesn’t tell you you’re doing it wrong. You can build incredibly elaborate automated systems which accomplish complex tasks, or you can just build a totem-cock.

          It taps into a part of my brain which is usually buried beneath all the cynicism, depression, anxiety, and regret. It’s the part which used to enjoy defending Fort Pillow, jewel in the crown of the Kingdom of Sofa, from the invading armies of Dog and Sister as they charged forth from the border of the vile and treacherous Republic of Other Sofa.

          It makes me feel like I’m seven years old again, with an entire world to explore at my leisure, being allowed to go in any direction I want, with access to all the resources I need to obtain anything I desire. It’s what being a grown-up is supposed to be like.

          It offers me an escape from the tedium of reality far more effectively than games which explicitly set out to do so because it demands that the player become involved in the process. It won’t just spoon-feed a story to you, or give you a list of things to do and an icon to show you where to do them. You have to decide what your goals are and figure out how to accomplish them yourself. That’s a valuable skill for a child to learn.

          Please don’t be so dismissive of the things your kids enjoy. It makes you a shitty teacher.

        • Bull0 says:

          I bet you’re not even a real teacher.

    • fish99 says:

      39 here and I’ve put hundreds of hours into Minecraft. Of course vanilla wears thin after a while, and I play it rarely these days, but I easily got my moneys worth.

    • RedViv says:

      I always get upset when those much younger than I are enjoying something that I hold dear to my millennia-old heart. Why, just yesterday I saw a 30-ish lady play Animal Crossing, and I instantly developed an ulcer the size of Lancashire due to the pain and miscomfort it caused! These people should be more reasonable and use their own games. Stop meddling in what I enjoy!

  11. Tei says:

    If 99% of people pirate games, the number of players of minecraft is 1188 millions of gamers. Minecraft may have one billion of players.

    • Sparkasaurusmex says:

      I bought it twice and pirated it once. So now I need to pirate it like 199 times.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Hahaha, yes!

    • Gap Gen says:

      I wonder if there’s a way around Minecraft’s login system. I suppose there might be, but I’m unsure how that would work with the game.

  12. TsunamiWombat says:

    Still not enough copies for Capcom to consider it a success, i’m afraid we’re going to have to add FPS segments and QTE’s.

  13. cptgone says:

    i never bought it, cause i never saw it discounted.
    meanwhile, my interest in the game has dwindled.

  14. strangeloup says:

    I don’t really like Minecraft. I’m sorry.
    I didn’t like Terraria either.

    Maybe this kind of thing is not for me. But I hope Age of Wonders 3 will be awesome. And Notch generally seems like not-a-dick.

  15. cyrenic says:

    I recently bought a second copy so I can play Minecraft with my 5 year old son. He loves the game.

  16. Jabberslops says:

    I’m surprised no one else has really said anything about mods and mod packs for Minecraft. Mods are probably one of the biggest things driving Minecraft sales right now.

    Tekkit is probably the most popular mod pack for Minecraft and has recently added the Galacticraft mod allowing you to go to other planets and a space station, all of which you can build on.

    http://www.technicpack.net/tekkit/

    Feed The Beast is basically the same as Tekkit, but with some different ideas and some different mods. The Yogscast have switched to FTB and their custom pack is available to anyone.

    http://www.feed-the-beast.com/

  17. valz says:

    Why would anyone buy a second copy of Minecraft? I haven’t bought any, so maybe I’m just missing something.

  18. Flea says:

    I congratulate the developers for making a successful game. Unfortunately, I have never been able to make myself play it. It looks like crap taking a pixelated crap. I’m probably missing part of the gaming history, but I’m missing it anyway by avoiding dozens of other games these days that deliberately look like it’s the 1980s again. At least back then there was a reason why games looked the way they did.

  19. sinister agent says:

    That’s shit and he’s obviously in trouble. You have to sell at least 3.8 billion copies for a game to break even, everyone knows that.

  20. Iskariot says:

    I very rarely boot Minecraft up. Not because I don’t like it, but because it is an incredible timesink. Once I start fiddling around in it I can’t stop.

    • sinister agent says:

      Yeah, I’m the same. I load it up every year or so, marvel at the new things, come up with grandiose schemes and then look at the clock and realise I’ve been hollowing out a mountain for four hours and it’ll take another 200 to finish. Terrifying game.

      • Hmm-Hmm. says:

        I just tend to go on.. well.. binges of sorts. Periods I play Minecraft intensively followed by periods of not playing it at all. Which does help keep the game fresh.

  21. cpy says:

    I hate notch because he didn’t hire this guy:
    http://forum.feed-the-beast.com/threads/tickthreading-concurrent-entity-tile-entity-ticks-and-other-optimisations.6498/

    TLDR: complete multi threading with mods remade for multi threading, with this thing servers could do insane amout of punishment before lagging (also scaled to a lot of cores like a lot a lot).

    100k tile entities? No problem!

    It provided diagnostics for every chunk how much % CPU it uses, so you could find cause of lag in a second!

    How about 1000 pigs + 1000 cows + 1500 ocelots in one place? Also not a problem!