Minecraft Player Statistics 2023

Minecraft, launched in 2009 by Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, has continued to grow in users a decade after its original release, acquiring new users every year and seeing bursts of older players returning. After its launch, Notch handed over creative control to Jens Bergensten, who is still in creative control of the bedrock edition as of 2023.

Minecraft Statistics

The Development of Minecraft over the Years

As millions flocked to this new game, Mojang continued to add new elements to the base experience, enabling more complex creations by its users. Microsoft acquired Mojang in 2014 for $2.5 billion, after which Mojang continued to expand the Minecraft universe. Several variations of Minecraft were launched, such as a free Chinese edition in 2016 with NetEase and an education edition in the same year. Virtual reality versions of Minecraft are also available on various platforms. In terms of expansions, Telltale Games launched Minecraft: Story Mode between 2016 and 2017, and Mojang followed up with Minecraft Dungeons in 2020 and Minecraft Legends in 2023.

Monthly Number of Active Minecraft Players

Minecraft benefits not only from new players, but also from old players returning to the game. The constant release of content updates and new features regularly draws players back to the game. The massive amount of Minecraft content creators also provide a steady stream of new players. It is no surprise that in 2023 Minecraft  has broken the 180 million active monthly player mark.

Year Average Monthly Players
2016 40 million
2017 55 million
2018 75 million
2019 91 million
2020 131 million
2021 150 million
2022 170 million
2023 180 million

Which Country has the most Minecraft Players?

Minecraft has established itself globally as a game, but there are hotspots. Some countries account for a significant share of Minecraft players. The USA is by far the leader. In recent years, however, we have also seen strong growth in regions such as India and Indonesia. These countries will also be among the Minecraft hotspots in the near future.

Country Share of Total Minecraft Players
USA 21.2%
Brazil 6.1%
Russia 5.5%
UK 5%
Germany 4.6%

How many Copies of Minecraft have been sold?

Minecraft is sold digitally as well as physically for all major platforms such as PC, Playstation, XBox and Switch. As one of the most popular games, Minecraft is of course also often pirated, which is not included in this data collection.

Year Cumulative Copies Sold
2011 4 million
2012 9 million
2013 33 million
2014 54 million
2015 72 million
2016 100 million
2017 122 million
2018 154 million
2019 176 million
2020 200 million
2021 238 million

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