Independent video game developer Mojang has another reason to celebrate today after Minecraft passed 11 million sales for Windows and Mac. The official Minecraft website shows that 11,008,761 people have purchased the game to date, with 12,286 joining the fray in the last 24 hours alone.
It’s a significant milestone because, as VG247 notes, Mojang only hit 10 million sales in April this year. Minecraft, created by Markus ‘Notch’ Persson and the rest of the team over at Mojang, has been a massive hit and helped create a whole new wave of indie studios and appreciation for the indie development community.
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Minecraft is unlike any other game because it relies almost solely on user-generated content. Players are thrown into a completely randomized world made up of textured 3D blocks, where they’re left to fend for themselves and eventually build whatever they please.
PC gamers were able to play Minecraft as early as 2009 when it was still in alpha, before downloading it as a beta towards the end of 2010. The game was only launched officially in November 2011, meaning that Mojang has hit today’s milestone in a little over 18 months.
The company then launched Minecraft on the Xbox 360 in May 2012, hitting six million digital downloads in May this year. The company also has a ‘Pocket Edition’ for iOS devices and confirmed that an updated version for Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One video game console is also in the works.