Minecraft play spikes, tops 126M builders a month amid COVID-19
Microsoft's open-ended video game was already one of the best-selling games ever. It's still among the most played too.
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Minecraft has already become an international phenomenon, but it keeps getting bigger.
said its 11-year-old world-building game crossed 200 million copies sold, with more than 126 million people playing each month.
Much of the game's recent success has come during the coronavirus pandemic. Microsoft said that in April, it tallied a 25% increase in the number of new players joining its game community, and a 40% spike in the number of people playing together.
"In these extraordinary times, we're reminded more than ever before of the important role games like Minecraft can play in providing an escape from the day-to-day and fostering social connections between friends and families," Helen Chiang, Microsoft's head of Minecraft studio Mojang, wrote in a blog post Monday. The announcement came ahead of Microsoft's Build developer event, being held online May 19-20.
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