Minecraft is one of the most popular video games both historically and even right now at this point in time remains one of the most-played games.
According to a statement made by Microsoft Gaming CEO, Phil Spencer, the sandbox game sports around 120 million monthly active players.
Spencer mentioned this during an interview with Xbox On during a discussion mainly on the Activision Blizzard acquisition. So naturally it drew comparisons to their purchase of Minecraft and its developer Mojang, for what was at the time an eye watering $2.5 billion.
“I think when we acquired Minecraft, our monthly active player base was 20-30 million.” Spencer said, admittedly through memory. “And I think it’s about maybe 120 million monthly players on Minecraft.”
These numbers are impressive assuming they’re true, both for Microsoft’s hefty investment in the game and as an accomplishment in gaming history.
It also helps that Minecraft is available on a large number of platforms. It is available on PC, has seen ports for basically every home console, and is even playable on mobile devices based on Android and Apple. So nearly anyone can play the game on any platform if they wish.
This value also continues to indicate Microsoft’s intent in not making the Call of Duty series a console exclusive on Xbox, which is a major point by governing bodies against their acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
The above point is being made more true after the company also signed a deal with competitor Nintendo to bring the franchise to the Nintendo Switch consoles.
Meanwhile Mojang continues to support Minecraft, with the upcoming 1.20 update, titled Trails and Tales, set to come out later this year.