Minecraft Has Earned 80 Million Dollars Since 2010

It’s no secret Minecraft has been a staggering success for a game of its humble origins and audience. Why else would Minecraft creator Notch be able to distribute the 3 million he made personally in 2011
among his employees? But until now there hasn’t been an exact figure for the money generated by the little game that could. As it turns out, it’s a pretty big number.

Mojang has finally filed their financial reports in Sweden for the profits earned since Minecraft’s paid-launch in October, 2010. According to that report, more than 20 million people have downloaded Minecraft, with 5 million paying full price for the game. Millions of those fans have also purchased Minecraft merchandise, and the result is a pretty staggering 80 million dollars (580 million Swedish kronor) earned in just around 15 months.

Compared to larger profile games, this isn’t a lot. Modern Warfare 3 has already made more than 400 million and it only launched last fall. But put into perspective, it’s mind blowing. Minecraft is almost literally a word of mouth phenomenon, having been created on a shoestring budget and spread by enthusiastic fans, like the more than 4 million youtubers who’ve posted videos of their creations. With the Xbox version launching in May, that success is likely to continue for some time to come. So pat yourself on the back, gamers. You helped make a super obscure something very, very popular. It’s the hippest thing we’ve ever done.

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3 Comments on Minecraft Has Earned 80 Million Dollars Since 2010


On March 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm

This guy Notch owes almost everything he has to Seananners on youtube.


On March 27, 2012 at 6:26 am

I appreciate there’s no feasible way of you knowing this when writing the article, but if you want to correct it the plural of Krona is Kronor. You can also say Swedish Crowns. As it reads right now, it’s like say “80 million american dollar”. Without the s. :)

Ross Lincoln

On March 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Thanks, Naug, that’s good to know. I’ll be correcting this error, and apologizing to Swedish for mangling it.