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In March 2010, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson was freaking out about a spike in the game’s sales. He told an interviewer: “For the last two days it’s sold 200 copies per day, which is just crazy.”

If Persson thought that was crazy, what does he think now? Six years later, Minecraft sales average 53,000 per day. The game has sold more than 106 million copies combined in its PC, Console, and Pocket editions. Minecraft players can be found on all 7 continents, including the four folks who’ve bought the game from Antarctica.

Persson launched the game in May 2009, a few months after quitting full-time work to focus on his own projects. Good decision. By April 2011, Minecraft’s beta version had sold more than 1 million copies. By March 2012, with 5.3 million total sales, Minecraft was the 6th best-selling PC game of all-time.

In November 2014, Persson became a billionaire when Microsoft bought the rights to Minecraft for $2.5 billion. That December, he outbid Jay-Z and Beyonce to buy the most expensive mansion in Beverly Hills.

While Persson enjoys his views of Downtown L.A., Minecraft continues to rack up sale after sale. It’s now the second-best-selling video game of all-time, still more than 350 million sales behind Tetris. New technology may allow the game to catch up, though. In April 2016, virtual reality version of the game was released.


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