A million people were playing Minecraft at the same time with exactly half on multiplayer

Microsoft’s purchase of Minecraft certainly hasn’t put any sort of damper on the continued success of the wildly popular open-word crafting game.

As Developer Mojang on Friday announced it finally had a way to track how many people were currently playing the game online on PC.

Nathan (Dinnerbone) Adams, a developer at Mojang, tweeted:

There are currently over 998,000 people playing Minecraft right at this moment. It is not even remotely close to being a peak time. 

Then a few minutes later tweeted that he should have waited five minutes so he could have tweeted one million. Adams added that “exactly 50 percent of players are in [single player] at any moment.”

This is 1 million people playing at the same time. To show how impressive this is, Steam, who recently topped 8.5 million concurrent players, have never had a single game on the service ever make it above a million. Dota 2, which regularly tops the concurrency list, typically peaks in the 900,000 range.


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