It sounds hyperbolic but, in a lot of ways, the story of Minecraft is the greatest video gaming story of the past 10 years. It’s certainly the most unpredictable. Now the game has sold over 12 million copies. I’m on the statistics page of the Minecraft website and I’m refreshing it. Every time I refresh it the number jumps up. It makes me realise that dozens of people are buying this game every single minute.
Who knows how far this crazy thing will go.
It’s already sold more copies than games like Half-Life, Battlefield 2 and Starcraft. It’s now fast approaching Half-Life 2 and Diablo III. After it inevitably overtakes those game (they’re all sitting at about 12 million) the only games ahead of it will be The Sims and The Sims 2. In the end, Minecraft may have a decent shot at being the best selling PC game of all time. I find that completely crazy.