Minecraft is a giant runaway cuboid juggernaut. Shifting over 35 million copies to date, it’s a once-in-a-blue-moon phenomenon that has catapulted developer Mojang into superstardom.
Minecraft developers Marcus Persson and Jens Bergensten even managed to make it into TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, nestled alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Jay Z and Steven Spielberg. Released back in 2009, it seems Minecraft knows no bounds, with developer Mojang more than doubling its profits in 2013 compared to the previous year…
In the financial year 2013, Mojang has revealed that it has made profits of $128.5 million, more than double the $51 million made in 2012. For a studio of just 36 people these are some mighty impressive financial results, with much of the company’s recent success owing to the recently released console versions and media tie-ins such as Minecraft Lego. Around 38% of that figure still consists of PC sales though, as Minecraft’s limitless appeal and longevity ensure that it has become the ultimate evergreen title.
Alongside Minecraft, Mojang also now has its collectible card game Scrolls and its premium Minecraft Realms servers. "Usually with games, you would start to expect a decline after the first year since launch," said Mojang Chief Executive Carl Manneh in an interview. "That's never really happened for us."
"Financially speaking, we have no pressure whatsoever to rush into any new projects," he said. "Besides, we have no outside owners that require us to reach any particular goals."
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