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INDIE HIT GAME Minecraft is pulling in the cash for Mojang, its Swedish developer.
The build-along game has been a smash ever since it was released on PC. Now you can play it on your phone, under both Android and iOS, and on your Xbox.
People are playing it in droves. Minecraft earned Mojang $237m in 2012 with profits of $91.6m.
The numbers come from Swedish site IT24, where reporters have had an early look.
There the firm's head Carl Manneh said that the company hopes to grow more this year as it expands into more markets.
"We also have many markets where we are not very strong yet," he said. "There's no good way to predict how much money we will earn."
The biggest cost that the firm has is the licensing fees that it pays to Minecraft creator and Mojang boss Markus 'Notch' Persson. Persson takes 640m Swedish krona, or around $100m.
In January Persson revealed that PC and Mac sales of Minecraft had hit nine million, adding later that it was the fourth most popular game on the Microsoft Xbox that year.
Minecraft has now sold 9 million copies on PC/Mac! That's so awesome, it's making me invent new words. Blawsome!— Markus Persson (@notch) January 22, 2013
Minecraft players are known for their passion and the time they are prepared to put into the game. Something that should explain this representation of King's Landing from Game of Thrones. µ
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