Minecraft sells three million copies

Minecraft creator Marcus “notch” Persson announced over Twitter today that his game had sold 3 million copies. That's unprecedented for a game that still hasn't released a final build. Currently, the game is in beta version 1.7.3 and the final won't launch for another 98 days.

While sales continue to rise and fans eagerly await more content, Persson and the rest of his team at Mojang are working steadily on the 1.8 “Adventure” update. This update will add an experience system, a sinister new enemy, and the ability for players to claim land - though details on exactly how ownership will function are still murky.

Above: Image from the TalkRadar Minecraft server created by GR reader Cleanser247 

After version 1.8, the dev team will gear up for Minecraft convention in November, when - after more than two years of development - the final build of the game will be released. The 3 million paid beta participants who pre-purchased the game for $14.95 will have access to the final version as well as any future updates without paying any upgrade fees, but users who wait until November to get the full version will have to pay a budget-busting $20.

Even though the beta will be ending soon, Perrson has said that he has no plans to stop working on Minecraft when it does.

Aug 5, 2011  


  • bluedarkness22 - August 8, 2011 3:45 a.m.

    @tacoman38... it's an HD texture pack. I don't know what it is, but I enjoy Dokucraft Light pack... DL from
  • tacoman38 - August 6, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    there's a talkradar server? as well what wizardry did that guy preform to get a round moon?!!?
  • Kingofthewoodlandrealm - August 6, 2011 2:22 p.m.

  • BackwaterRifle - August 6, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    when ever I first started playing minecraft it was such a time consumer, as in 18 hours a day.
  • Sully8764 - August 5, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    For any info on the Talkradar Minecraft Server, follow both @TdardMinecraft and @TamrielsRanger on Twitter, and message/DM either of them.
  • Cleanser247 - August 5, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    Minecraft is a lot of fun! Especially on the TalkRadar Minecraft server! : )
  • HankVenture - August 5, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    love me some minecraft.. I wish my computer wasn't messed up so I could play it :(
  • DrDevious - August 5, 2011 8:54 p.m.

    what is the IP of the talkradar server? also got addicted to the game through the bundle...
  • Defguru7777 - August 5, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    Impressive for sure.
  • db1331 - August 5, 2011 8:14 p.m.

  • RamenChimera - August 5, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    Uh, I'd just like to say that it's not actually $14.95... its 14.95 pounds, which means its about 21 bucks in this here American money already. Don't know what the final price will be...
  • Wafflecopter42 - August 5, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    @db1331 It gets MUCH worse as you keep playing.
  • db1331 - August 5, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    I have been actively avoiding Minecraft because it looks like something that would eat up all of my time. I had been successful in this venture until I bought the Humble Indie Bundle this morning. I hopped on my computer at lunch to check out Minecraft with my free bundle key. I didn't even play it for 5 minutes and I'm already itching to rush home and get back on. Fuck.
  • HamsterGutz - August 5, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    I love Minecraft it's awesome that it sold 3 million now.
  • Zepaw - August 5, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I know so little about MineCraft I didn't even realize it was a paid game. I got bored of Second Life after 5 minutes and this seemed like the same principle in a different packaging. Impressive numbers.

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