Who would’ve thought that a game consisting of 8-bit style blocks in an open world would become such a huge phenomenon

Per a report from the official game page, more than 20 million copies of the hit game Minecraft have been sold for Mac and Windows PC. In fact, 10,456 copies of the game have been sold in the last 24 hours – that beats a large number of PC games on the market, including juggernauts like Grand Theft Auto V.

With that, the game now has a total sales count of well over 70 million copies worldwide. The mobile game, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, has managed to sell over 30 million copies in itself, while 20 million copies have been sold on Xbox consoles, including the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Sales haven’t been revealed just yet for the PlayStation versions of the game, but considering their popularity, they’re bound to be right up there as well.

To celebrate the occasion, Daniel Kaplan, business developer for Mojang, tweeted the following message to fans:


Minecraft has become quite a massive hit in the game industry since its initial release in 2011. It’s created such a successful business model that Microsoft jumped into a full acquisition of Mojang last year, to the tune of $2.5 billion. It’s a business model that has certainly paid off though, with a number of promotions that have seen popular character crossovers, such as Halo and The Simpsons.

And those crossovers aren’t going to stop anytime soon. Kaplan recently confirmed the launch of a new mash-up pack for Minecraft on PlayStation consoles that features elements from the popular LittleBigPlanet series. That update is expected to go live in the U.S. later today. That’s big news, seeing a Sony property cross over with a game clearly owned by Microsoft.

Minecraft will more than likely continue building on this massive success – Creepers, you’ve been warned.