Minecraft drew in a staggering 74 million active players in December across all of its platforms, setting a new record for the game, according to its new head.
There aren't many things like Minecraft in the entertainment world. It's hard to remember… well, just about anything that has had such huge impact in terms of the zeitgeist in recent years, especially one that has remained incredibly relevant for so long. It still sells, it's still played, it's still got a huge YouTube scene, it still finds its way into schools. One day maybe the game won't have such a pervasive presence, but it sure isn't yet.
To illustrate that, here is a pretty incredible statistic. Talking to PopSugar (via PCGamesN), newly appointed Head of Minecraft Helen Chiang revealed that the game is actually as popular as ever, setting a new record for users in December. In an interview, she said:
We just recently set a new record in December for monthly active users, so now we're at 74 million monthly active users — and that's really a testament to people coming back to the game, whether it's through the game updates or bringing in new players from across the world.
That is truly a huge number of people. I'm not sure most any game has ever hit those kinds of numbers, and Minecraft is pretty old now. That said, it is of course just about on any platform that could feasibly run the game, which I'm sure helps. That still being the case, the game truly has been a true phenomenon, and it looks like it is here to stay a while longer.