Hey Minecraft! At 100 Million, You're Bigger than Most Countries (and Your GDP Ain't Bad, Either)

We examine Minecraft's growth the only way you can nowadays, by comparing it to some of the largest countries on Earth (and also to luxury yachts - sorry, couldn't help it).

Markus "Notch" Persson is noted for a lack of interest in fancy marketing or PR tactics, so it's no surprise that the world heard about Minecraft hitting a huge milestone via a simple tweet.

I got an email. We've reached 100 million registered users on the original Minecraft. 14.3% conversion rate to paid accounts. Wow. :D

— Markus Persson (@notch) February 25, 2014

If each of those paid accounts is worth $27 (the cost of a PC version of Minecraft is $26.95), that puts the total earnings, just for the game (let's nevermind the wildly popular merchandise) at a whopping $386,100,000.

That's nearly 400 Million Dollars

... But only 8 of these 47 million dollar yachts.

(You'd get more for your money if you went for one without an on board golf course.) 

At 100,000,000 registered players, Minecraft's player base is also bigger than the populations of most countries

 Citizens of Minecraft, rejoice! Wait, what do we call you... Mincraftians? Minecrafters? Minecraftish?

And based on the way Minecraft has sold on other platforms, we're pretty certain it's actually claimed the 11th, and possibly even the 10th spot on this list when you consider all registered players, not just PC.

Which Leaves Us With Some Questions

  • What is the National Bird of Minecraft?
  • What is the National Food of Minecraft?
  • What is Minecraft's National Flower?

These are important questions that need to be resolved before countries can begin receiving your delegates, so what say you, citizens of Minecraft?

Population Stats from http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/populations/ctypopls.htm

Former Editor in Chief

Former Editor in Chief at GameSkinny. I am the Gray Fox. Questions, comments, feedback? Bring it. Amy.White (at) GameSkinny.com

Published Feb. 28th 2014
  • IceCream_Sundae
    It's an epic idea to think that Mojang has made that much--after all, surely they deserve it? Mind you some of us paid much less than 27$ for the game. I bought it right before Beta, at about 12-15$. Someone I know bought it in a much earlier version for 9$. Anyways, kudos to Mojang for being so successful.

    Someone commented below that apples should be the national food, because they're easy to get. I think that the national items for Minecraft should be things that have always been easy to get, in any version of the game, so that rules out apples because they used to be in chests (indev) but then were removed, then* only obtainable by killing Notch (alpha), and later only found in stronghold chests in 1.8 Beta and later, before being changed to drop from trees ("Official Release").

    My choice would be the yellow flower, and the pig, as the national flower and animal since they have both been around since classic and are easy to obtain.
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    We reviewed a book here last year that really drove home what a normal guy he is and how interesting it was for that much money to suddenly arrive in his life. His reaction was very relate-able, sort of the way I imagine I'd react if I suddenly won the lottery.

    Book Review: Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus "Notch" Persson and the Game that Changed Everything

    Link: https://www.gameskinny.com/4ivaj/book-review-minecraft-the-unlikely-tale-of-markus-notch-persson-and-the-game-that-changed-everything

    Well worth checking out if you're a fan! I've recommended it to several people.
  • David_4145
    National "Bird": The Ender Dragon, because there are no bids in minecraft and it's better than bats.
    National Food: Porkchop
    National Flower: Dandelion, because it used to be called "Flower"
  • Samuel Franklin
    Featured Contributor
    Definitely not a bad feat at all and a great way to look at Minecraft. Is Minecraft seriously $27 now? I got in at the $15 price tag and thought that was enough.
  • zaid_4432
    Hi, I think the national flower should be daffodil because it has remained in game throughout most stages. The national food is apples because it is so easy to get them. The national bird is... err... uhh...
    BIRDBLOK, the block-bird!
  • Game Oracle
    Hi Amy: Very inventive. A for creative imagination in writing this piece. Made me laugh a little and it's actually kind of true! Funny! thanks for the laughs
  • Fara Miw
    You forgot a couple zeros on your population graph....
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    Annnnnd fixed.


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