Minecraft boasts over 141 million monthly active users and other impressive numbers

Minecraft Official Key Art
Minecraft Official Key Art (Image credit: Mojang Studios)

What you need to know

  • Minecraft is one of the most successful games of all time, and boasts some absolutely ridiculous numbers and statistics.
  • During Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang Studios has updated some of the key statistics for Minecraft up until now and through the last two years.
  • While we don't have a new number for number of copies sold, Minecraft saw over 141 million monthly active users in Aug. 2021.
  • Minecraft was also the most-watched topic on YouTube in 2020, with over 201 billion accumulated views.

With Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang Studios is revealing all the biggest updates and announcements the Minecraft community needs to know about the growing Minecraft universe. Beyond reveals as to what's coming next for Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons, though, Mojang also updated some of the statistics we have on the momentum that Minecraft continues to grow over time.

In April, 2021, we reported that Minecraft had nearly 140 million monthly active users. It seems that momentum has impossibly managed to sustain and even grow since then, with Minecraft boasting over 141 million monthly active users in Aug. 2021. That means the number of people that actively played Minecraft just in Aug. approached and even surpassed the number of copies sold by some of the best-selling video games of all time. This shows that an incredible number of people are still investing plenty of time in Minecraft in 2021.

That's not all we learned, however. Below are some of the key statistics on Minecraft, all of which are up to date as of Aug. 2021. Unfortunately, Mojang did not provide an updated number for how many copies of Minecraft have been sold so far, meaning that number is still officially 238 million.

  • There were over 141 million monthly active users in Aug. 2021
  • Over $350 million in revenue has been generated by creators in the Minecraft Marketplace so far
  • Over 67% of players actively customize their Minecraft experience using the Marketplace
  • Over 1 billion hours have been logged in Minecraft multiplayer
  • Over 201 billion hours of Minecraft YouTube videos were watched in 2020, making it the most-watched topic on YouTube that year

With such staggering numbers, it's clear Minecraft is holding on tight to its title as the greatest game ever made. None of these numbers seem to apply to Minecraft Dungeons, but we reported that Minecraft Dungeons crossed 10 million players in Feb. 2021, an impressive milestone for a relatively young game. Because of this, both Minecraft and Minecraft Dungeons have secured their spots as some of the best Xbox games.

We're covering everything announced at Minecraft Live 2021. The event covers a lot more than these Minecraft-related numbers, including the results of the annual Mob Vote, and we're keeping track of it all to keep you up to date.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.