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Minecraft creator Mojang revealed on Thursday that sales of the popular sandbox building game have eclipsed the 100 million mark. That’s a significant achievement for a game that began life as a side project.
Owen Hill, director of creative communications at Mojang, revealed the news on Mojang’s official blog, adding that the game has sold an average of 53,000 copies each day since the beginning of 2016. Keep in mind that we’re talking about a game that made its official debut nearly five years ago.
Mojang included a brief infograph, highlighting the fact that the Minecraft community now includes people from every country and every territory in the world (that includes Antarctica where four copies have been sold). Each month, more than 40 million people spend time playing Minecraft and based on recent developments, there’s no reason to believe sales will slow down anytime soon.
Microsoft paid $2.5 billion for Minecraft in 2014, a colossal figure that was tough for many to swallow at the time. Creator Markus “Notch” Persson walked away with more money than he’ll ever be able to spend (that’s not always a good thing) and Microsoft inherited an IP that had already sold more than 50 million copies.
Surprisingly enough, Microsoft has done a great job of expanding the game’s reach and the future – especially if Minecraft becomes the flagship HoloLens app that many are expecting – looks incredibly promising. If you're interested in giving it a try, you can download it here.