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Minecraft Facts

Here are a few of the most interesting Minecraft statistics and facts I was able to find in my travels including how many people play Minecraft and much more. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

Launched in 2011, the three-dimensional sandbox game Minecraft quickly gained a large, loyal following and won accolades for its ability to cross over between the worlds of video games and education. Over the years, it has amassed 250 million registered users and earned its developer, Mojang, a $2.5 billion payday from tech giant Microsoft in 2014.

I recently sat down to see what Minecraft statistics and facts I could dig up. With that many users, there is much about the game that can be measured....

  • Minecraft headquarters: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Minecraft creator: Markus "Notch" Persson

What is Minecraft?

Explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off the dangerous mobs. (source)

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Minecraft Statistics

How many people play Minecraft?

126 million monthly users

Last updated 5/18/20

How many people play Minecraft Earth?

2.5 million downloads globally so far

1.4 million downloads in the US so far

Last updated 11/26/19

Number of copies of Minecraft that have been sold:

200 million games sold

Last updated 5/18/20

Number of Minecraft copies sold in China:

100 million

Last updated 5/22/18

Number of Minecraft users in China:

close to 300 million registered users

Last updated 11/11/19

Amount of time Chinese Minecraft players have spent in the game:

400,000 years worth

Last updated 11/11/19

Number of copies that Minecraft has been sold for PC and Mac:

30 million

Last updated 4/3/19

Average number of Minecraft games sold daily:


Last updated 6/2/16

Average number Minecraft monthly active users:

40 million MAU

Last updated 6/2/16

Average age of a Minecraft player:

24 years old

Last updated 9/26/19

Number of Minecraft copies sold in Antarctica:


Amount Microsoft paid for Minecraft:

$2.5 billion

Monthly downloads from the Minecraft Marketplace:

10 million

Last updated 8/27/19

Number of items in the Minecraft marketplace:


Last updated 3/12/19

Number of Minecraft marketplace creators:


Last updated 3/12/19

Total amount of Minecraft mobile revenue:

$500 million

Last updated 2/14/19

Amount that Minecraft earth earned in its launch week:


Amount Minecraft earned from mobile in 2018:

$110 million

Amount Minecraft earned from mobile in 2017:

$107 million

Percentage of Minecraft mobile earnings in 2018 that came from the US:


Amount Minecraft creators have made in selling items in the marketplace:

$1 million

Last updated 9/5/17

Number of Minecraft employees:

80 employees

Last updated 2/8/17

Number of Minecraft: Education Edition users:

35 million students and teachers

Last updated 3/25/20

Number of countries that Minecraft: Education Edition users:

115 countries

Last updated 3/25/20

Number of lesson plans included in Minecraft: Education Edition:

250 lessons

Last updated 11/14/17

Number of Minecraft Hour of Code sessions to date:

70 million

Last updated 11/14/17

Number of Minecraft: Pocket Edition players:

40 million players

Last updated 12/1/16

Number of Minecraft players in Japan:

1.145 million games sold

Last updated 1/20/20

Total number of Minecraft games sold in Japan in 2019:

620,894 copies

Minecraft was the first Microsoft game to sell 1 million copies in Japan.

Total views of Minecraft videos on YouTube in 2019:

100 billion total views

Increase in new Minecraft players during the coronavirus pandemic:

25% increase

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