Thursday, January 3, 2013
Minecraft Xbox 360 hits 5 million copies sold
Minecraft, the simplistic sandbox world filled with blocks and blocky tools, reached 5 million in sales on Monday. It doesn't even seem feasible that such a simple idea would net the fortune it has brought to it's creators. However, if you play it, you will understand. The game is extremely addictive. There's always one more block to mine, one more cavern to explore, one more tree to cut down, and before you know it, you just spent 6 hours playing until 4 am and you have work in the morning.
The game broke sales records for Xbox Live Arcade games within 1 hour after launch, selling 400,000 copies. Already being profitable with that 1 hour worth of sales, in 5 days the game would go on to sell 1 million copies and upset COD fans by becoming the top game on the XBL activity chart for a week in October. Since launch (May 9th, 2012) the game has stayed relatively steady up in the top 5 of the XBL activity charts.
You can still get your own copy of Minecraft for 1600 MSP, or roughly $20 on XBLA.