Minecraft unit sales worldwide 2016-2019

Since its release in 2011, Minecraft has recorded worldwide sales of 176 million units, making it one of the best-selling games of all time along with other legendary games such as Tetris and Grand Theft Auto V. The popular sandbox game, which is developed by Swedish game publisher, Mojang, allows players to build 3D worlds with different types of blocks and then explore and craft items within their new world.

Minecraft - a global hit

Minecraft is available across several computer operating systems and was more recently released for console. Due to the freedom that is afforded players and the infinite number of ways the game can develop, it still remains popular with fans some eight years after its release. As of October 2018, there were 91 million active players of Minecraft worldwide, more than double the figure from June 2016. An Xbox One version of the game was released in September 2014 and it made the list of best-selling video games for the console in 2016.

Minecraft on mobile

In an increasingly mobile gaming world, the developers of Minecraft, Mojang, had to find a way to keep their fans happy while they were on the go. As a result, the Pocket Edition of Minecraft was released for both Android and Apple iOS in late 2011. While the foundations of the game remained the same, the mobile version also introduced survival elements and allowed players to engage in multiplayer games across different platforms. The mobile game became an instant hit and was ranked as the favorite gaming app among boys in a 2015 survey. The game also featured various in-game purchases to allow players to enhance their virtual worlds. In 2018, gamers worldwide spent 110 million U.S. dollars on purchases within Minecraft mobile.

Cumulative number of copies of Minecraft sold worldwide as of May 2019

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

June 2016 and May 2019

Special properties

paid units to players only; across all platforms including Minecraft: Pocket Edition on mobile

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