Minecraft is played by over 112 million people every month

Minecraft is played by over 112 million people every month
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Minecraft has over 112 million players every month, according to new data from Microsoft published in an interview with Business Insider.

The lo-fi farming and building sim to relax to first released ten years ago, and was a huge cultural touchstone for gaming. In 2014, Microsoft acquired its developer Mojang and the intellectual property rights for $2.5 billion, and more than 100 million copies of Minecraft have sold worldwide. It was then ported to Switch, and now there’s an AR game in which players build their blocky creations into the real world. Even as Fortnite and Roblox rose in popularity, it’s evident that the game has a devoted fan base, which has contributed to its continued success in 2019.

Last October, 91 million monthly active users were reported to play Minecraft, and so this is an incredible achievement. ‘What we find is that it’s a game that players keep coming back to,’ Minecraft studio head Helen Chiang explained to Business Insider. ‘It may not always be the one that’s in the forefront, because there are a lot of great games that continue to come out, but it’s one that they love to return to.’

Xbox boss Phil Spencer previously said that Minecraft 2 wouldn’t make sense, and with statistics like these, that seems sensible. Minecraft is continually updating and has recently offered its community the ability to step back in time to Minecraft Classic. And, players have been smitten with the latest update, allowing bumbling bees to be kept, pollinate crops, and produce honey. Ta, Hastune Miku.