Since its launch in November 2011, Minecraft has become the most popular video game of all time, with more than 176 million copies sold on platforms as of May 2019. In recent years, Minecraft may not have received as much attention as the incredibly popular free Fortnite game, but the sandbox game is definitely still a monster in the gaming space.
In fact, in an interview with Business insider, Minecraft studio chief Helen Chiang said the game currently has 112 million monthly active players on all platforms. This represents 20 million more players who spend time in the game each month compared to October 2018, although not all of these new players have bought the game. In early April, the Xbox One version joined Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription service, which probably helped the player base reach new heights this year.
"What we found is that it is a game that players keep coming back to," said Chiang. "It may not always be the one that is at the forefront, because there are many great games that continue to come out, but it is one that they love to return to," he continued.
Notably, YouTuber Pewdiepie has started playing the game again in recent weeks, and some media outlets such as Polygon
have given him credit for giving Minecraft much more visibility when Fortnite had lost steam. Ninja, the Twitch superstar who recently switched to Microsoft's Mixer live streaming platform, also started playing Minecraft from time to time.
"In the last five years since the acquisition, & # 39; Minecraft & # 39; continues to grow," said Chiang. In retrospect, what were Satya Nadella's first major acquisitions after becoming CEO of Microsoft was a bold bet that continues to bear fruit. Last but not least, a lot of good things are coming to Minecraft fans, such as ray tracing support in Windows 10, a new engine for Bedrock versions of the game, as well as new splits with the game Minecraft Earth AR and the Devil type Minecraft Dungeons.
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