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Minecraft passes 10 million downloads

April 05, 2013|By Chris O'Brien
  • The indie game Minecraft has become a runaway hit.
The indie game Minecraft has become a runaway hit. (Courtesy of 2PlayerProductions )

It's official. There is no stopping Minecraft. 

Some time overnight, the indie gaming phenomenon passed 10 million downloads. That figure doesn't include the units bought and played on Xbox 360.

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Minecraft has only been available as a full-version download since November 2011. Since then, the brainchild of Swedish programmer Marcus "Notch" Persson has becoming one of gaming's most remarkable stories. At $26.95 a copy, and given that Persson largely bootstrapped the development, the success has no doubt made him a remarkably wealthy person. 

In addition to the continued growth of the game itself, which allows players to build and mine in a virtual environment that has the look and feel of an 8-bit game from the early '80s, Minecraft has also spawned countless YouTube videos in which players show off and discuss their work. 

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