Minecraft launched back in 2009, and quickly became a gaming sensation. It went from a small indie title, to now being one of the biggest gaming franchises to ever exist. One of the reasons why it turned into such a massive entity is due to Microsoft’s purchase of the IP and its development studio back in 2014. The move caught a number of gamers off-guard, but from a financial standpoint, it made sense for Microsoft to do it. With the help of such a giant company the game has been greatly enhanced over the years. Microsoft did not stop Minecraft from coming to other platforms, including the consoles of its rivals Sony and Nintendo. This has helped the game’s community to continously grow. The game has sold a massive amount of over 122 million copies across the several different platforms, with a monthly user-base of 55+ million.
Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox recently spoke to TIME. During the interview, he mentioned how Microsoft is working to keep improving Minecraft:
“I was a big part of the push to go and buy Minecraft. And as a father, when I think about the early interest in kids for technology, and STEM, and we’ve added coding capability to Minecraft, I think the creation capability — now we’re adding collaborative sharing through cross-play across all the different platforms — I think it’s a good mix of competition and cooperation. I’m a big fan of the Lego company and the stuff they’ve been able to build, and I see that as the closest analogy. For 40 years Legos have been around, and they’re as relevant today as when they began. We’re the curators of Minecraft, and the community owns Minecraft, so our job is to curate it in a thoughtful and deliberate way. The education stuff is important, I love that we’re able to show the Super Duper Graphics Pack and the 4K work I thought looked fantastic. But for a lot of people they’re going to want Minecraft the way Minecraft has always looked, and we made sure Minecraft should stay looking the way it is for the people that want that.””
Do you play Minecraft regularly, or have a friend or family member that does so?