Yesterday, Mojang’s Markus “Notch” Persson announced on Twitter that the Original PC version of Minecraft has now sold 15 million copies .
It has been 5 Years since the Java-based Minecraft alpha debuted on Linux, Mac and Windows PC . By the end of 2009, Mojang was charging €5 for premium accounts. By mid-January 2011, less than a month after entering beta with a price increase to €15, sales reached 1 million copies. Minecraft is still continuing to sell on PC, even after its release on Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and mobile platforms: This past February, sales of the PC version topped 14 million.
Yesterday’s announcement brings total sales of Minecraft across all platforms very close to the 50 million mark. With more than 21 million copies of Minecraft: Pocket Edition sold on Android and iOS; more than 12 million copies of the Xbox 360 Edition; and more than 1.5 million copies of the PlayStation 3 Edition with a retail version coming in May — making for a sum of at least 49.5 million units. Minecraft is highly likely to break the 50 million milestone with a lot of people waiting for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One versions of Minecraft to come out later this year.
“Time to celebrate!” said Persson.