Minecraft Revenue and Player Statistics (2023)

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a sandbox game developed by Swedish developer Markus Alexej Persson, published by Mojang in 2011 and acquired by Microsoft in 2014. The sandbox video game was inspired by Dwarf Fortress, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Dungeon Keeper and Infiniminer games. It was programmed in one week and published on the TIGSource forums before the public release on May 16, 2009. It gained considerable popularity among players from this forum.

Minecraft allows you to build various designs with blocks in 3-dimensional voxel graphics. In the gameplay, you can also battle mobs, construct shelter, and explore the landscape. The game also provides multiplayer mode to build together and search together. 

In this article, we will share the most up-to-date revenue and player statistics of Minecraft, which is the leader in the world’s most popular games.

Minecraft Revenue Statistics

Minecraft developer Mojang was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 million. 

In 2022, the mobile version of the popular sandbox video game Minecraft generated $102.6 million in global in-app purchase revenues. (Statista)

YearMinecraft Revenue on Mobile
2022$102.6 million
2021$157.65 million
2020$142.6 million
2019$110.98 million
2018$110 million
2017$100 million
2016$85 million
2015$55 million
2014$45 million
2013$33 million
2012$21 million

The estimated 2021 Minecraft revenue was $380 million.

YearMinecraft Annual Revenue
2021$380 million
2020$415 million
2019$375 million
2018500 million
2017370 million
2016420 million
2015350 million
2014165 million
2013326 million
2012211 million

Minecraft sales topped 238 million with 126 million players playing the game monthly as of April 2021. 

Statistic: Cumulative number of copies of Minecraft sold worldwide as of May 2020 (in millions) | Statista

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Minecraft Player Stats

39.6 million hours watched of Minecraft on Twitch worldwide in February 2023.

Statistic: Number of hours watched of Minecraft on Twitch worldwide from January 2018 to November 2020 (in millions) | Statista

In February 2023, Minecraft events on Twitch were watched by an average of 59.6 thousand viewers.

Statistic: Average viewers of Minecraft on Twitch worldwide from January 2018 to November 2020 (in 1,000s) | Statista

As of August 2021, Minecraft amassed 141 million active players worldwide.

Statistic: Number of monthly active players of Minecraft worldwide as of August 2021 (in millions) | Statista

In fiscal year 2021, Minecraft reached 140 million monthly active users.

Minecraft Monthly Active Users
2021140 million
2020132 million
201991 million
201875 million
201755 million
201640 million
  • Minecraft videos were viewed 201 billion times on YouTube in 2020, making it the subject of the most YouTube conversation. 
  • In April 2020, Minecraft increased the number of new players by 25% and it also saw a 40% increase in multiplayer sessions. 

Written by Sophie Blake


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