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Minecraft sells over 144 million copies worldwide, still has 74 million monthly active players

The 2009 game is still played by millions every month

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 14:07 GMT
Minecraft sells over 144 million copies worldwide, still has 74 million monthly active players
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 14:07 GMT
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Minecraft has sold over 144 million copies worldwide and currently has more than 74 million active players, Microsoft has announced earlier this week.


Development of Minecraft started in 2009 and quickly became popular because of its intuitive controls and multiplayer functionality. The first official major release was in November 2011 when the game came out of its beta testing phase.
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Three years later, in 2014, Microsoft acquired the game's development studio Mojang AB as well as the Minecraft brand. Microsoft has been working on the game ever since.

The latest major releases are those built upon the game's new bedrock engine. With the engine Microsoft is able to target all major platforms the game is available for.

These recent updates power the game's popularity. At the time of writing, Minecraft has 74 million monthly active players.
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Raymond Bakker
Journalist and Software Developer at Moonlight Multimedia. He covers the latest video games news from indie to virtual reality and has been actively involved in the video games industry since the early 2000s.

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