Some video game properties have incredible staying power. Mario, Pokémon, and Sonic the Hedgehog are a few worth naming, but let's not forget the comparatively young upstart that's really blitzed the sales charts and made an indelible mark on pop culture: Minecraft.
Earlier this morning, long-time Mojang employee and Minecraft developer Michael "Searge" Stoyke announced on his Twitter feed that the PC version of Minecraft, which exited beta in 2011, recently sold over 25 million copies. While World of Warcraft tops that number if you include expansions sold, nothing touches Minecraft for stand-alone game sales on the PC.
What's more, that cool 25 million only includes PC versions of the game. The mobile "Pocket Editions" of Minecraft, which also went on also went on sale to the general public in 2011, far outsell the PC versions of the game in most countries. Minecraft's console releases are also huge, especially in Europe and Latin America. In all, well over 100 million versions of Minecraft populate consoles, phones, tablets, and PCs around the world.
There was some talk about how Microsoft made a dumb investment when it bought the Minecraft franchise for 2.5 billion in 2014, but Minecraft doesn't show signs of slowing down any time soon. It appears kids and adults alike adore frolicking in an open world of low-res boxes. Here's to another year of mining, Endermen, and crazy schoolyard rumors sparked by Herobrine "sightings."