Minecraft earned $350,000 in a single day

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Sep 29, 2010
  1. Terminator02
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    As it turns out, the server troubles experienced by Minecraft last week -- which led to an impromptu free-to-play weekend -- might have served as a perfect marketing technique for the indie world-building title. When combined with exposure from Penny Arcade, this free weekend apparently served to make its players hungry for a legit version of the game. According to a Minecraft sales-tracking site, the game was purchased 25,936 times within the 24-hour period after it came back online last Wednesday, netting its creator, Markus Persson, somewhere in the neighborhood of $350,000.

    The game's sales dropped off a bit since the servers' revival, but have remained significantly higher than before the free-to-play weekend. That's a whole, whole lot of money -- but nothing compared to the paychecks the game's players have lost due to sinking entire lifetimes into their DIY projects. We just want to redo our palace's marble floors, finish the diamond tower and dam up this lake, and then we're done. We mean it this time![/p]
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    it deserves every penny
     


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    This is amazing.

    This shows how far indie devs can go when they put their mind to it.

    Now, Imagine if you could pirate it (not counting sharing accounts) I don't think they would make this much :/

    But, Hope you do even better
     
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    you used to be able to pirate it, but now you can't
     
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    You need a paid account to go online [​IMG]
     
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    yeah i know, but last I checked the offline doesn't even work now unless you've been online at least once

    Edit: i take that back, I just played it, but had no sound =/
     
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    Not to surprised, but this is still incredible, this guy must be rich considering all the sales he made. Minecraft will probably end up as a very known and played game. He should put the price at 20$ a copy right now, but I wonder if he's going to raise the price even more when the game is completely finished.
     
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    just want to add
    the latest alpha can still be pirated and has no problem in offline mode
    not sure about online mode
     
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    Wow, I guess this is kind of surprising for me. I don't really like DIY games (there are exception like little big planet and modnation racers)
     
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    Wow.. time to start make a online very bad ress game with some items and box animals so i can earn money
     
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    online mode doesnt work without login

    wait for the game to be more popular / enter retail ver
    will attract more crackers
     
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    It's a well earned success. [​IMG]
     
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    Minecraft is probably one of my favorite games. It makes me feel like I'm 6 again and playing with legos making anything I while also fighting the creepy creatures of the night.
     
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    I wish I had it, to bad it aint steam, id prolly get it through steam.
     
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    Minecraft is just brilliant. It had and still has incredible potential to be a great game.
    Simple concept, simple graphics, simple everything, but just plain fun!
     
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    PayPal will soon take $100,000 of that. You just know it.
    A ton of people pirate it and guess what?
    Notch doesn't care http://notch.tumblr.com/post/1121596044/how-piracy-works

    I share my account with Lyon057
     
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    Can someone tell me why this game is so popular? It seems so... bland...
     
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    Ha, that's pure genius. Way to rack in the cash.
     
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    Once you start building it's as addictive as fuck. You have an idea for construction/excavation and you have to see it through, and while you're doing that you think of something else and have to see that through etc. Before you know it it's four hours later.
     

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