Five years after the development alpha was released, Minecraft continues to shatter conceptions about just how big an indie game can get. The sandbox survival game already had plenty of positive press this week with the announcement of the upcoming live-action movie in the works, but in true Minecraft fashion, there is even more good news to follow.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Minecraft has been shattering sales records, already having sold a million copies on the PS3 alone and has moved upwards of 33 million units across all platforms. But it seems that continued momentum comes as a surprise even to the game’s creator.
According to Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, Minecraft has just reached yet another significant milestone.
I got an email. We've reached 100 million registered users on the original Minecraft. 14.3% conversion rate to paid accounts. Wow. 😀 <3— Markus Persson (@notch) February 25, 2014
To offer some context for exactly what’s being said, it’s worth pointing out that anyone looking to download the free demo of Minecraft from the Mojang site must first register for an account – a number now totaling 100 million. Following that number of players willing to give the game a look, it may be surprising to see that less then 15% stick around to pay. Unless, of course, that number of players amounts to 14.3% of 100 million.
At the beginning of the month, we found out that 14 million PC users had picked up the game, which means that the brick-based title has accumulated somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 sales in February. We imagine sales will have to plateau at some point, but with over 10 million units sold on mobile platforms and another 10 million on the Xbox 360, the game isn’t slowing down yet.
With ports for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita in the works, we imagine that the Minecraft franchise is – hard as it seems to believe – on the verge of reaching a brand new pool of consumers (or at least a pool of consumers that are likely willing to repurchase the game for their new, shiny consoles). Once the new ports arrive and the brand name grows ever more recognizable with the release of a live-action movie, expect plenty more of these insane milestone announcements. If you think you see a lot of Creeper t-shirts at the mall now, just wait until the first trailer for the film drops…
Do you count yourself in the 100 million that have tried the game, or are you still awaiting an incentive? Sound off in the comments.
Minecraft is currently available on Mac, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Future releases on PS4, PS Vita, and Xbox One have all been confirmed.
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