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40+ Little-Known Minecraft Statistics (2022): Sales, Revenue, Demographics, Player Stats

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Minecraft is the best-selling video game in history, and with 600 million players worldwide, still one of the most popular ones.

Discover how many copies it sold, in which country it is the most popular, what’s the age of an average Minecraft player, and other fascinating statistics.

Did you know China has a separate, free-to-play version of the game? More on that later.

Minecraft Statistics (Top Picks)

  • Minecraft sold over 238 million copies, on average 22 million per year.
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition sold over 93 million copies.
  • Minecraft generated over $3.1 billion in revenue from 2012 to 2020.
  • Minecraft was downloaded over 425 million times in China alone.
  • Minecraft’s brand and game are valued at $1.7 billion.
  • Over 600 million people played Minecraft at some point.
  • The US has the largest share of paid players (21.21%) and the highest percentage of Minecraft servers (42.7%).
  • The average age of a Minecraft player is 24 years.
  • Minecraft creators earned $500 million from the marketplace.

Minecraft Sales & Copies Sold

  • In 2021 Mojang sold 38 million copies of Minecraft.
Minecraft copy sales

That was the highest number of copies sold in any given year. But if you do a calculation of an average number of Minecraft copy sales then you get a slightly different number:

  • On average, people bought 22 million Minecraft copies each year.
On average, people bought 22 million Minecraft copies yearly from 2011 to 2021
The number is calculated from the table below.

Here’s a breakdown of how many units of Minecraft were sold per year:

YearMinecraft copies
sold per year
202138 million
202030 million
201923.8 million
201822 million
201722 million
201622 million
201521 million
201416 million
201310 million
20125.2 million
20114 million
(Statista, Hexus, Twitter, Guardian, Engadget, Forbes)
  • On average, people bought 113,433 Minecraft copies per day between May 2020 and April 2021.
  • Minecraft sold 33 million copies for PC up to 2019, the rest are mobile and console.

(Web Archive)

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  • As of 2020, Xbox One players bought 5.43 million copies of Minecraft.
  • 3.23 million buyers came from North America, 1.71 million from Europe, and another 0.49 million from the rest of the world.

(Statista 2)

How many units of Minecraft overall were sold so far?

  • Minecraft sold 238 million copies by April 2021.

Each year the number increases by a couple of million copies. Here’s how many Minecraft copies have been sold up to each year, check the chart below:

Cumulative Minecraft copies sold by year

(Xbox)

That makes it the best-selling game in history.

Here’s a table of a cumulative number of Minecraft copies sold from 2016 to 2021:

DateNumber of cumulative
Minecraft copies sold
April 2021238 million
May 2020200 million
May 2019176 million
October 2018154 million
January 2018144 million
February 2017122 million
June 2016100 million
201570 million
201454 million
201333 million
20129.2 million
20114 million
(Statista, Hexus, Twitter, Guardian, Engadget, Forbes)

How many units of Minecraft: Pocket Edition overall were sold so far?

  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition has sold 93 million copies by 2021.
YearMinecraft: Pocket Edition
copies sold
202193 million
201530 million
201421 million
201310 million
20121 million
Cumulative numbers. (Source:ggrecon, Gamedeveloper, Polygon, Twitter 3, Mojang)

Minecraft Revenue

  • Minecraft generated $415 million in revenue in 2020.
Minecraft revenue

Here’s a table of annual Minecraft revenue:

YearRevenue
2020$415 million
2019$375 million
2018$500 million
2017$370 million
2016$420 million
2015$350 million
2014$165 million
2013$326 million
2012$211 million
(Google Books, Function Horizon, Billboard)
  • Minecraft mobile generated $160.69 million in revenue in 2021.
YearMinecraft
mobile
revenue
2021$160.69 million
2020$142.12 million
2019$111.04 million
2018$81.78 million
2017$77.61 million
2016$72.91 million
2015$81.68 million
(Statista 3)
  • Mobile Minecraft represented 34.2% of total revenue in 2020.

(Statista 3, Fiction Horizon)

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  • Minecraft generated around $3 billion in game sales revenue from 2011 to 2020.

(Verge)

How much money has Minecraft made overall?

  • Overall, Minecraft made more than $3.1 billion in revenue from 2012 to 2020.

(Function Horizon, Billboard)

Minecraft Downloads

How many people have downloaded Minecraft?

  • People downloaded the Minecraft Android version more than 10 million times.

That only includes downloads from the Google Play store.

(Google Play)

  • Apple users downloaded Minecraft 200,000 times in July 2022 alone.

Unfortunately, the App Store doesn’t show total downloads.

The game has 548,300 ratings.

(App Store, Sensortower)

  • There were more than 425 million Minecraft players in China in 2021.

Chinese Minecraft is published by NetEase and is free-to-play on both mobile and PC.

Chinese Minecraft downloads per year

Here’s a table of Chinese Minecraft yearly downloads.

YearNumber of
downloads
2021425 million
2020400 million
2019300 million
2018150 million
201760 million
(Twitter 2) (Gameindustry) (Pocket Gamer) (Gamepur)
  • AR-based Minecraft Earth was downloaded 2.5 million times in the first year after the release.

In the first 10 days, the Earth edition already generated 1.4 million downloads, 86% of them coming from the US.

(Pocket Gamer 2)

How Much Money is Minecraft Worth?

  • Minecraft’s brand is valued at $1.7 billion as of 2021.

(Rankiing)

  • Markus Notch Persson sold Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion in 2014.

That happened after Minecraft had already sold 15 million copies and became a huge indie hit among players. Microsoft made a mobile version called: Minecraft: Pocket Edition which made it accessible to more people.

(Forbes 2)

Minecraft Player Stats: How Many Play Minecraft?

How many players play Minecraft?

  • As of 2020, there were 600 million registered Minecraft players.
More than 600 million people have already played Minecraft

China alone has a Minecraft player count of 400 million.

Minecraft active
players
Total600+ million
China400 million
Rest of
the world
200 million
(TweakTown)

But this growth didn’t come over time. The player numbers have slowly been growing.

Here are the numbers of monthly Minecraft players through the years:

YearNumber of
Minecraft players
August 2022173.1 million
August 2021164 million
March 2021140 million
May 2020126 million
October 201891 million
December 201774 million
February 201755 million
June 201640 million
Q4 201533.3 million
Q4 201429 million
Q4 201328.2 million
Q4 201226.2 million
Q4 201116.1 million
(Statista 4) (Latos Charts) (Eurogamer) (ActivePlayer)
  • Most Minecraft players come from the US (21.21%).

Followed by Brazil with a 6.17% player base (excluding Chinese free-to-play players).

CountryPercentage of
Minecraft players
USA21.21%
Brazil6.17%
Russia5.59%
UK5.06%
Germany4.6%
Others57.37%
(PlayerCounter)
  • According to Mojang, Minecraft multiplayer players logged in over 1 billion hours of gameplay in 2020.

(PSL 2)

  • At the beginning of the pandemic, Minecraft saw a 25% surge in new players and 40% more people playing the game together.

The data is from April 2020.

(CNET)

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How many people play Minecraft every month?

  • 173.1 million players played Minecraft in the last 30 days.

(ActivePlayer)

How many players play Minecraft daily?

  • Minecraft has an average of 3 million active players at any given time.

The number of players fluctuates between 2.5 million and 3.7 million.

(PlayerCounter)

Minecraft Demographics

Average age of Minecraft players

  • An average Minecraft player is 24 years old.
Average Minecraft player is 24 years old

(Source: PCGamesN)

Otherwise, the largest age group are 15-to-21-year-olds. See more data below.

Minecraft players by age group

  • Most Minecraft players come from the 15-21 age group (43%).

Followed by the 22-30 age group with 21% of representation, and under 15 with 20.59%.

Age groupPercentage of Minecraft
players
Under 15 years20.59%
15-21 years43%
22-30 years21%
(Minecraft Seeds)
  • More than half of children aged 3-12 were playing Minecraft.

The info came from 753 surveyed parents in 2018.

Within the 6-8 years group, 53% played Minecraft, whereas 68% of children in the 9-12 age group did the same.

Age groupPercentage of children
playing Minecraft
6-8 years53%
9-12 years68%
(UniMelb Survey 2018, N=753)
  • Over 70% of children aged 3-8 are playing Minecraft on a tablet.
  • Around 50% of 9-to-12-year-olds play Minecraft on a tablet, the rest prefer the PC.
  • 80% of children from the Australian survey played Minecraft with someone else.

Most kids play with relatives, parents, friends, or other players online.

Only 11% of parents decided to play Minecraft with their kids.

  • In the 3-12 age group, more boys play Minecraft (54%) than girls (32%).

In the 6-8 age group, the difference is even higher, with 68% of boys playing Minecraft compared to 29% of girls.

Age groupBoys playing
Minecraft
Girls playing
Minecraft
3-12 years54%32%
6-8 years68%29%
  • 32% of 6-to-8-year-old boys have already watched Minecraft videos on YouTube.

Compared to only 9% of girls.

Minecraft Following, Servers & Creators

How popular are Minecraft playthrough videos?

  • Minecraft YouTube videos surpassed 1 trillion views on YouTube in 2021.
YouTube Minecraft videos have more than 1 trillion views

(Verge 2)

The threshold of 100 billion views was reached in 2019, whereas in 2020, there were already 201 billion views.

YearNumber of total
views on YouTube
20221 trillion
2020201 billion
2019100 billion
(Verge 2) (PSL) (PSL 2)
  • There were more than 35,000 Minecraft creators on YouTube from more than 150 countries.

(Verge 3)

  • Minecraft content on Twitch ranked 5th place on Twitch in August 2022.

It was watched 18.2 million times, has an average of 108,000 viewers, and consists of 3,100 channels.

(Twitch Tracker)

Average viewership of Minecraft videos on Twitch:

DateAverage number
of viewers
April 202238.5 thousand
January 202281.3 thousand
December 202173.6 thousand
June 2021100 thousand
February 2021122 thousand
(peak viewership)
January 2021108 thousand
December 202096.99 thousand
June 202054.01 thousand
January 202025.18 thousand
December 201922.81 thousand
June 201923.72 thousand
January 201914.53 thousand
December 20188.58 thousand
June 20184.27 thousand
January 20185.37 thousand
(Statista 5)

How many Minecraft servers are there?

  • There are around 10,134 Minecraft servers worldwide.

With 4,328 servers, the US has the largest number of servers.

  • 42.7% of all Minecraft servers are located in the US.

Followed by the UK, which has 6.8% of servers.

In contrast, 15 countries have only one Minecraft server.

(Minecraft MP)

The number of Minecraft servers by country:

CountryNumber of
servers
USA4,328
UK696
Turkey544
Germany338
Taiwan281
Canada274
Indonesia243
Brazil212
Australia186
Spain181
Netherlands175
India158
Romania154
Europe
(the rest of the
countries)
142
Vietnam141
France124
Italy117
Argentina99
Bulgaria84
Poland,
Israel
83
Mexico76
Finland73
Sweden70
Chile63
China61
Greece58
Philippines56
Hong Kong54
Serbia50
Denmark,
Russia
47
Singapore46
Malaysia45
Bangladesh41
Peru38
Croatia35
Portugal,
Czechia,
Dominican
Republic
34
Norway33
Estonia31
Hungary,
Pakistan
29
Japan27
Colombia26
Belgium,
Iran,
Lithuania,
Slovenia
25
Sri Lanka23
New Zealand19
Ukraine18
Latvia16
Saudi Arabia,
South Africa
14
Slovakia12
Ecuador,
Switzerland
11
Georgia,
Nepal
9
Costa Rica8
Austria,
Bosnia,
Thailand
7
Cambodia6
UAE,
Uruguay,
Venezuela,
Azerbaijan,
Ireland
5
Mongolia4
South Korea3
Iceland,
Macao,
North Macedonia,
Panama,
Paraguay,
Puerto Rico,
Uganda,
US Virgin Islands
2
Algeria,
Andorra,
Belarus,
Bolivia,
Brunei,
Egypt,
El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Iraq,
Maldives,
Morocco,
Samoa,
Tonga,
Syria,
Uzbekistan
1
(Minecraft MP)

Minecraft creators statistics

  • Minecraft content creators earned $500 million in revenue from the Marketplace.

In there, you can find over 1.7 billion pieces of downloadable content.

The Marketplace is where you find monetized user-generated content for Minecraft.

(Gamesindustry 2)

  • Giggle Block Studios generated the most downloadable pieces on the Marketplace (889 pieces).

On the other hand, Skilendarz only generated 1 piece.

(MCMarketStats)

  • Marketplace creators are mostly creating skins and world templates.
ContentAmount of
generated
content
Skins15,207
Worlds6,458
Resource
packs
154
Mashups58
(MCMarketStats)

Minecraft vs. Fortnite

  • With up to 65% of internet searches in 2020 dedicated to Minecraft, the game is the most popular in Asian countries.

On the other hand, with 71% of searches, Fortnite is the most popular in Africa.

RegionOnly
Minecraft
searches
Only
Fortnite
searches
Searches
for both
games
Africa11%71%18%
Asia65%31%4%
Oceania40%20%40%
Europe18%67%15%
North
America
13%73%13%
South
America
58%33%8%
(Reboot)

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Conclusion: Minecraft Statistics

These were the latest and most in-depth Minecraft statistics. Even though the game has vanished from the most popular YouTube channels, it has never vanished from gamers’ hearts. Minecraft is still one of the most watched games on Twitch with tens of thousands of viewers.

Which Minecraft statistic did you find the most interesting? What do you think about this most-sold game of all time? Do you play it with friends and a gaming headset or only single-player?

Please let us know in the comments.

Sources: Xbox, Statista, Statista 2, Statista 3, Statista 4, Statista 5, Hexus, ggrecon, Twitter, Twitter 2, Twitter 3, Guardian, Engadget, Forbes, Forbes 2, Google Books, Web Archive, Billboard, Fiction Horizon, Verge, Verge 2, Verge 3, Google Play, App Store, SensorTower, Gamesindustry, Gamesindustry 2, Pocket Gamer, Pocket Gamer 2, GamePur, Rankiing, TweakTown, ActivePlayer, Latos Charts, Eurogamer, PlayerCounter, PSL, PSL 2, CNET, PSGamesN, Minecraft Seeds, Gamedeveloper, Mojang, Reboot, MCMarketStats, Minecraft MP, Twitch Tracker

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