Minecraft, the virtual lego game has reached a new milestone. The game, owned by Microsoft, now has over 112 million monthly active players. The tech giant also announced that it’s a straight 20 million increase over 2018’s figures. The game was purchased by Microsoft back in 2014 for $2.5 billion (approximately ₹17,900 crores).
Minecraft, a virtual LEGO construction game requires players to fit together a few pieces in order to create nearly anything imaginable, on a blank canvas. It provides endless building blocks. It was released in 2011 by developer Mojang that spread like a wildfire.
The figure 112 million figure isn’t a surprise as the game is available on almost all platforms, like game consoles, computers, mobile devices, and education-focused version. Moreover, the game has been around for a decade now.
The increase in the player base could also be because of Microsoft’s popular Game Pass subscription service, which players can avail for $10 per month (approximately ₹715) or $120 per year (approximately ₹8,600).
“What we find is that it’s a game that players keep coming back to. 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,” said Helen Chiang, Minecraft studio head.
Microsoft says that 176 million versions of the game have been sold since its launch.