Minecraft Unseats COD as Most Played Game Over Xbox Live


Minecraft is the first Xbox Live Arcade game to top all online activity.

In case you hadn’t heard, a lot of people like to play Minecraft of an evening. Once a PC gaming independent darling, the building simulator that sprung from the mind of Notch has also found a large following on a console as an Xbox Live Arcade game. Even though the code on Xbox Live is older than the PC version – build 1.8.2 as of last week’s update – the convenience of playing Minecraft from your couch, as well as the ability to play cooperatively both online and with split-screen, has enchanted players. In Larry Hryb’s weekly update on Xbox Live statistics, Minecraft topped the list for unique users’ online activity over Xbox Live, beating out AAA titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, FIFA 13, Black Ops and Borderlands 2.

To our knowledge, last week’s list marks the first time an Xbox Live Arcade game took the number one spot for all online activity. Not only that, but Minecraft took the top spot in Live Arcade sales last week too, beating out the popular new Walking Dead episode from Telltale.

Here are the relevant lists, in case you were interested in getting the full context:

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

  1. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  3. EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  5. Borderlands 2
  6. Halo: Reach
  7. Battlefield 3
  8. Modern Warfare 2
  9. Madden NFL 13
  10. NBA 2K13
  11. Happy Wars
  12. Skyrim
  13. Gears of War 3
  15. GTA IV
  16. FIFA 12
  17. Forza Motorsport 4
  18. Dishonored
  20. Halo

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

  1. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. Sonic Adventure 2
  4. Trials Evolution
  5. Serious Sam 3: BFE
  6. Worms Revolution
  7. Counter-Strike: GO
  8. Pinball FX2
  9. Zombie Driver HD
  10. Trials HD
  11. Castle Crashers
  12. Naughty Bear Panic in Paradise
  13. Mark of the Ninja
  14. Magic 2013
  15. Nexuiz
  16. Jet Set Radio
  17. Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  18. Fruit Ninja Kinect
  19. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
  20. Toy Soldiers

To sum up, Minecraft is still selling like freaking hotcakes and people love to play it. That is all.

Source: Major Nelson

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