Minecraft, the sandbox video game developed by Swedish programmer Markus Persson who then sold it to Microsoft back in September 2014, sells 10,000 copies a day according to a new report.
The game remains popular seven years after its initial release, especially with children as is well known, and the sales numbers were revealed in an article in The New York Time Magazine. Surprisingly though, it seems Minecraft is as popular with adults as well. The average Minecraft player is between the ages of 28 and 29, according to Microsoft, and women constitute 40 percent of the playing demographic.
It has sold 73 million units in total, and stands third behind Tetris and Wii Sports in the all-time list for best-selling video games. Microsoft bought the game's intellectual property and the studio behind it - Mojang - in 2014 for $2.5 billion (roughly Rs. 15,375 crores). Part of the game's appeal has been the use of extensive third-party mods which allow players to customise it as they wish, or build anything from their dreams.
Minecraft has also introduced children to logical reasoning, apart from giving them things to hack at. It has also helped mould their attitude towards things in life, and got them tinkering - due to the constant breaking down of player-created environments owing to weekly updates from developer Mojang.