Minecraft Hits One Million Concurrent Players on PC, More Than Dota 2

Yesterday, more than one million people were playing Minecraft at the same time, developer Mojang has revealed.

“For the first time ever, we finally have the capability to see how many people are currently playing Minecraft right now. Holy crap,” Mojang developer Nathan Adams said on Twitter. “There are currently over 998,000 people playing Minecraft right at this moment. It is not even remotely close to being a peak time. I could have waited 5 minutes to say 1 million, but nobody would believe that.”

Adams said that this number counts PC, Mac, and Linux players with version 1.3 and higher who are online. The number would be even larger if Mojang was able to count offline players, players with older versions, and players who didn’t purchase the game legitimately.

A quick look at Steam Charts reveals that Minecraft is handily beating Steam’s consistently most popular game, Dota 2, which has yet to crack one million concurrent players.

Johan Bernhardsson, another Mojang developer, also revealed that the mobile version of the game, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, has sold 30 million copies to date.

In other Minecraft news, Mojang and Telltale Games recently announced a brand new episodic series based on the game, launching in 2015 for PC, consoles, and mobile.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg.

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