Minecraft Sales Figures Reveal $33 Million in Diamonds

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Minecraft Sales Figures Reveal $33 Million in Diamonds

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Markus "Notch" Persson has revealed that Minecraft is pulling in an astronomical amount of money.

Mojang's Minecraft hit 1 million copies sold in January and shows no signs of slowing down. The game's creator, Markus "Notch" Persson, recently took to Reddit to allow users to ask anything they wished, where he revealed a breakdown of sales figures, the inspiration behind the Creeper, and where the nickname "Notch" came from in the first place.

Persson says that Minecraft has made "more money than he'll ever need." While he tries not to look at the account which holds this mass of funds, he reveals: "The game sold about 800,000 copies at €9.95 and then so far 1 million more at €14.95 . Paypal takes a cut, there are taxes, and such, but it's still a huge wad of money."

Going by these figures, total revenue (not profit) would equal about €23 million, or $33 million. Persson formed a company around Minecraft called Mojang, from which he takes what he calls a "normal salary."

Persson says that the Minecraft business model, which sells the game in its alpha and beta phases to support development (Minecraft is not finished yet), is a "great way for a small studio to do game development." He'd like to release future titles with the same method, if it makes sense, as "developing in the dark is scary and probably wrong."

As for the secrets behind Minecraft's explosive Creeper foe and Persson's nickname, they're a lot simpler than you might think. The Creeper came about when Persson "tried to make a pig and failed." The nickname "Notch" is explained thusly: "I just picked a nickname." He also likes fish sticks.

Mojang is currently working on a second game called Scrolls, a card/board strategy game, with Jakob Porser in the position of lead designer. It's likely the first of many projects to come out of Mojang, a small studio with a huge bankroll for self-funded projects.

Source: Reddit

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He also likes fish sticks.

What is he, a gay fish?

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33 Million is an incredible sum. I don't even know how I'd spend that much. I'm glad to hear he's basically reinvesting it in the company however.

I wonder how long you'd have to mine to find that much in Diamonds.

HELL YEAH!

This is great that there product is selling (And it is even not even out yet!)

I think it was from them winning March Mayhem 2011.

Even so, good on you, you deserve every pound? doller? whatever you call your currency over there.

Now we wait and see how they use there newfound fortune in their future projects!

Zechnophobe:

He also likes fish sticks.

What is he, a gay fish?

...

33 Million is an incredible sum. I don't even know how I'd spend that much. I'm glad to hear he's basically reinvesting it in the company however.

Wasn't that before taxes & paypall? I think he lives in sweden and i'm pretty sure income tax is quite high over there.

I think this would make Mojang the richest developer in terms of cash to No. of employees.

Now, if only he would make Minecraft happen faster i would love it even more.

HankMan:
I wonder how long you'd have to mine to find that much in Diamonds.

I am more interested in figuring out how much land would be left?

OT: Hot damn! I say Notch, go out on the town tonight, you deserve it. 33 million... wow!

...that's a lot...

What's he planning to do with the company? I'm actually interested in this right now, with that much he shouldn't really be sticking to indie titles. He's clearly not spending it on MineCraft, after all...

Didn't Activision start out as an indie dev?

SirBryghtside:
...that's a lot...

What's he planning to do with the company? I'm actually interested in this right now, with that much he shouldn't really be sticking to indie titles.

Didn't Activision start out as an indie dev?

Don't all companies start as indie? I mean Microsoft started in a college dorm.

SirBryghtside:
...that's a lot...

What's he planning to do with the company? I'm actually interested in this right now, with that much he shouldn't really be sticking to indie titles. He's clearly not spending it on MineCraft, after all...

Didn't Activision start out as an indie dev?

To my recollection they did yeah.

I don't know Notch, Scrolls sounds awfully boring for me. But will have to wait and see.

Wieke:

Zechnophobe:

He also likes fish sticks.

What is he, a gay fish?

...

33 Million is an incredible sum. I don't even know how I'd spend that much. I'm glad to hear he's basically reinvesting it in the company however.

Wasn't that before taxes & paypall? I think he lives in sweden and i'm pretty sure income tax is quite high over there.

Ye, Sweden has one of the highst income taxes, only beaten by Denmark, I don't know the numbers, I tried finding them for this post though >.<

Still alot of money though.

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It's good to see a small indy dev success story, but remember, there are still plenty of starving geeks out there who don't even have one diamond.

*que sad piano music*

therandombear:

Wieke:

Zechnophobe:

What is he, a gay fish?

...

33 Million is an incredible sum. I don't even know how I'd spend that much. I'm glad to hear he's basically reinvesting it in the company however.

Wasn't that before taxes & paypall? I think he lives in sweden and i'm pretty sure income tax is quite high over there.

Ye, Sweden has one of the highst income taxes, only beaten by Denmark, I don't know the numbers, I tried finding them for this post though >.<

Still alot of money though.

We got around 33% if I recall correctly.

Hard work pays off.

kebab4you:

therandombear:

Wieke:

Wasn't that before taxes & paypall? I think he lives in sweden and i'm pretty sure income tax is quite high over there.

Ye, Sweden has one of the highst income taxes, only beaten by Denmark, I don't know the numbers, I tried finding them for this post though >.<

Still alot of money though.

We got around 33% if I recall correctly.

Depends on how much you earn, Im quite sure my father pays around 38%

http://www.ekonomifakta.se/sv/Fakta/Skatter/Rakna-pa-dina-skatter/Rakna-ut-din-skatt/

So if you live in stockholm and earns 100 000kr a month and is born 1980 you will get 56 252kr

Tubez:

Depends on how much you earn, Im quite sure my father pays around 38%

kebab4you:

We got around 33% if I recall correctly.

Ye, my problem right there, I tried finding a "safe" number, but so many variables to consider xD

Atleast we have a general number now :3

jeez hes got to be taking at least a few mill off that to himself.

kebab4you:
I don't know Notch, Scrolls sounds awfully boring for me. But will have to wait and see.

MineCraft sounds incredibly boring too...

Art Axiv:
Hard work pays off.

Honestly, this really has to do more with luck.

does he like fish sticks...

Soz, had to say it :P

Zechnophobe:

He also likes fish sticks.

What is he, a gay fish?

...

33 Million is an incredible sum. I don't even know how I'd spend that much. I'm glad to hear he's basically reinvesting it in the company however.

Lol, yeah South Park!

Also wow... I remember when my dad used to say there was no money to be had in the video game industry... :S :(

Scrolls, a cardboard strategy game....

I have to say, it is pretty amazing how well Minecraft is doing. I got it at the tail end of Alpha, and I'm still playing it regularly.

Let me guess - everyone thinks he invented that distribution model now?

Allow me to set the record straight - Taleworlds were the first to do that for a major project.

"Small studio"
Once you make $33 million you are no longer small.

Give some of that money to the other, suffering indie crowds or something.

Pfft, like he invented the whole "sell the game in beta" model.

Obsidian's been doing that for years!

Irridium:
Pfft, like he invented the whole "sell the game in beta" model.

Obsidian's been doing that for years!

In Soviet Russia, testers pay you.

sheic99:

Irridium:
Pfft, like he invented the whole "sell the game in beta" model.

Obsidian's been doing that for years!

In Soviet Russia, testers pay you.

Or you buy black ops... which is the same thing

Holy shit, he is set for life. Damn man, he made it but I cannot envy him fortunately or else I'd go nuts on the streets.

Tom Goldman:
He also likes fish sticks.

Really? What is Notch? A gay fish?

Zechnophobe:

What is he, a gay fish?

Ah, I am to lazy to read previous posts and you beat me to it.

LegoDudeGuy:
I think it was from them winning March Mayhem 2011.

Um. I'm pretty sure this was all from before. He didn't sell 1.8 million in the last week.

I still think it will help him in the long run though, seeing as this is a gamer hotspot.

This helps him get publicity, AND give them some credibility and respect in this dog-eat-dog world of gaming.

But that is just me.

kebab4you:
I don't know Notch, Scrolls sounds awfully boring for me. But will have to wait and see.

Yeah. He's going to have a hard time selling this thing. He'd be better off focusing on the Minecraft; that's what's bringing in the cash.

Veylon:

kebab4you:
I don't know Notch, Scrolls sounds awfully boring for me. But will have to wait and see.

Yeah. He's going to have a hard time selling this thing. He'd be better off focusing on the Minecraft; that's what's bringing in the cash.

Yeah, it'd be horrible if a game developer thought of something other than the money.

living the dream. fantastic.

Funny how he gives himself a salary XD

If he were to dip into the account its not even misappropriation of funds seeing as its still ALL his lol

Wieke:

Zechnophobe:

He also likes fish sticks.

What is he, a gay fish?

...

33 Million is an incredible sum. I don't even know how I'd spend that much. I'm glad to hear he's basically reinvesting it in the company however.

Wasn't that before taxes & paypall? I think he lives in sweden and i'm pretty sure income tax is quite high over there.

IF he keeps the money tied to the company then the taxing isn't that big, but if he would keep the money on hes personal bank accounts then the taxing would be massive. He draws a normal salary from the fund of the company, that goes under the income tax that is higher, companies taxing is different and lower. Basically even after taxes the amount of money he has is a lot, well mojang has... Since he doesn't have the money, the company does.

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