Minecraft sells 4 million copies

Right in time for Mojang's upcoming Las Vegas-based Minecraft-focused gaming convention, MineCon, the indie developer has announced something that few indie developers ever get to announce: their game has sold over four million copies since release. Mojang's Markus Persson (or, as his friends call him, notch) made the announcement official on Twitter, tweeting, "4milyay."

Not bad for a game that's still in beta (it's set to officially launch this month, dropping the "beta" moniker and going to full-blown 1.0).

Mojang has a lot to be happy about right now. Their first game is selling extremely well, they're about to launch a gaming convention, and it looks like Bethesda is finally leaving them alone about the whole "" thing.

Though some have argued that Minecraft's time in the spotlight is over, this announcement is as good proof as any that the indie hit is here to stay. Checking out their sales data (which is available on their website for anyone to view), the game is still selling thousands of copies every day, filling the bank accounts of Mojang and fueling their future projects, as well as giving them the funds necessary to continue updating Minecraft with new content on a regular basis.

Just three months ago the game had hit three million downloads, meaning that over one million people picked it up since then. That means the incredibly small studio earned over 20 million dollars from the game in the past three months alone, and that's not counting the money Microsoft is paying them to get the game on their system or the sales from merchandise, which we're seeing all over the place at gaming conventions.


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  • jmcgrotty - November 8, 2011 3:42 a.m.

    Yay. 4 million people bought Lincoln Logs.
  • NullG7 - November 7, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    Does anyone know if Minecraft on the Xbox360 will be multi-player? I assume it is but I just want conformation you know. If anyone has the answer send a message to my GR profile please.
  • UberNoob - November 7, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    And another 4 million hopefully. All I hear about are shooters, so I am glad Minecraft is growing.
  • Limbo - November 7, 2011 1:11 p.m.

    I wonder how much this game would sell with actual advertising going around soon. As far as I know, it's mostly word of mouth that people hear about this game.
  • FauxFurry - November 7, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    Were Minecraft to get an HD remix, it would sell 4,000,001 copies minimum. Okay, so it probably did that number before this article was even published, but you know what I mean!
  • MidianGTX - November 7, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    Talk about focusing on completely the wrong aspects.
  • FauxFurry - November 7, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Like not understanding that comment was meant in jest?
  • talleyXIV - November 7, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    I lost interest in it a long time ago. I still check out updates but I bought it back in the early Fall of last year.
  • therawski - November 7, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    I bought it last night, I wonder how close I was to the 4 millionth purchaser.
  • Balaska - November 7, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    I am glad to say that I am one of those 4 million. Minecraft is strangley intoxicating, hours fly by when you play it.
  • asspills - November 7, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    I clicked on this article expecting alot more news about Notch getting a new hat. I am very disappointed.
  • darthelmet117 - November 7, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    Notch is serriouslly winning big, I'm not supprised. The reason why the sails come so persistantly is because minecraft is service that is constantly adding new things, not like other games that you just sit in agony waiting for. 4 more days, 4 more days....

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