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SANDBOX GAME Minecraft has sold seven million copies for the Microsoft Xbox.
The game has been on the console since the spring of last year. Initially it was offered as a download title only, but this summer a disc version with some free hours of Xbox Live playing time was released.
Although the release of that hard copy version has been staggered it hit UK stores this weekend, 28 June. In the US punters got it at the start of the month. The game's total sales were announced by 4J Studios, the firm that developed the Xbox release.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has now sold over 7 MILLION copies !!! #MinecraftXBLA— 4J Studios (@4JStudios) June 28, 2013
Minecraft could possibly have been called Goldrush after the great business it has done for Mojang, the independent games company that produced it.
This February it announced financial results that included a headline $237m in 2012 with profits of $91.6m.
In January, Mojang boss Markus 'Notch' Persson revealed that PC and Mac sales of Minecraft had hit nine million. He added later that it was the fourth most popular game on the Microsoft Xbox that year. He said, "That's so awesome, it's making me invent new words. Blawsome!"
So successful has the indie title proven to be that an Xbox One version is already well on the way. Microsoft made room for mention of this on the console's launch day, and videos released of the game so far look good.
One of the latest clips claims that one billion hours have been spent by gamers in over 130 million homegrown worlds.
The Xbox One version is expected to be bigger and better and come out at about the same time as the console. This should be later this year. µ
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