What you need to know
- Microsoft is laying out their earnings and revenue for FY21 Q3, including from Xbox and Xbox Game Studios.
- One of the earnings call highlights was updated statistics for Minecraft, which continues to grow.
- According to Microsoft, Minecraft now has nearly 140 million monthly active users, a 30% year-over-year increase.
- There have also been more than one billion downloads of Minecraft mods and add-ons.
Microsoft revenue for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 are impressive, and are capped by incredible numbers for the Xbox division spurred by the success of the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Game Pass. However, during the earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also shared some updated statistics on the gaming powerhouse that is Minecraft, which continues to grow at a shocking rate.
According to Nadella, Minecraft has rocketed past the previously reported 131 million monthly active users and now boasts of nearly 140 million monthly active users. This is a year-over-year increase of 30% and highlights the strength and power of Minecraft, which almost comes despite Mojang Studios and their often-strange decisions.
Nadella also shared that mods and add-ons for Minecraft have been downloaded by players over 1 billion times now, indicating that the Minecraft community still finds a ton of value in modifying and customizing Minecraft to fit their playstyle and desires. Creators for these add-ons have apparently raked in over $350 million from sales.
The Minecraft brand continues to grow with the rise in popularity of Minecraft Dungeons and the massive amounts of hype and excitement that surround future Minecraft updates like the upcoming Caves and Cliffs Update, which was recently split into two parts and delayed.
It's clear from these numbers that Minecraft is absolutely one of the best Xbox games and shows no signs of slowing down or releasing its hold on the title of "biggest game in the world." If you love Minecraft or know someone who does, consider something from our list of best Minecraft merch, toys, and gifts.
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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.