Minecraft becomes first video game to hit 300m sales

Twice as many copies as the game in second place.

Published on Oct 17, 2023 at 8:01PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Oct 19, 2023 at 1:57PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain
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Despite the massive hype surrounding the upcoming sequel, Grand Theft Auto 5 isn’t the best-selling video game in the world.

That title belongs to Minecraft, and the number of copies the game sold is mind-blowing.

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Mojang Studios, the developer who made Minecraft, recently revealed the video game has now sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.

That is mighty impressive, especially when you consider Grand Theft Auto 5, which is in second place, ‘only’ sold 185 million copies as of 2023.

Minecraft was first released in 2011 by Mojang, an independent video game developer from Sweden, and it became a instant hit.

A few years later, in 2014, Microsoft bought the game for a whopping $2.5 billion.

Minecraft popularity was boosted by YouTubers who regularly share video updates about their progress in the game.

Even MrBeast and PewDiePie made Minecraft videos at some point.

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Minecraft did well, but the video game’s sales figures pale in comparison to the world famous game Super Mario.

The franchise sold over 800 million (!) copies.

Then again we’re talking about a game series that’s been around for nearly 40 years.

And speaking of successful video games, Microsoft has been a spending spree as of recent.

The tech giant recently spent $69 billion to acquire Activision Blizzard, the company that makes Call of Duty.

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