So you might Ask, why is Minecraft So Popular?

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Sorry, "Fortnite" fans - "Minecraft" continues to dominate the market, just like it has done for years. The game is now playing over 112 million players a month, "Minecraft" studio head Helen Chiang told Business Insider in a telephone interview this week. "Over the last five years since the acquisition, 'Minecraft' is growing," she said.

-- "Minecraft" is one of the rare examples of a game with "long legs" It continues to sell for years in the industry of video games that is driven by hits where sales charts often look like the shape of a hockey stick.

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The cultural juggernaut that is "Minecraft" has been in existence for more than 10 years.

Despite other games that sweep up millions of players such as "Fortnite" and "Roblox," "Minecraft" remains the most popular.

As as of this week, this game now has over 112 million players each month.

This represents a leap of over over 20 million players since the last time Microsoft made the announcement in October of 2018 - an absolutely massive increase in players considering the game has been around for over 10 years. This includes gamers on all game consoles as well as mobile devices, computers, and the educational version.

It's not surprising that "Minecraft" although it is free on many platforms, isn't completely free.

The game was purchased by the tens of million of "Minecraft" players who added the game to their collection during the past year, whether it was directly in a store, as part of Microsoft's Game Pass subscription service, or digitally.

Read more about why there won't be a 'Minecraft 2,' according to the people responsible for "Minecraft."

Early success has lasted

The game has been an popular phenomenon since the beginning of its existence "Minecraft" was initially a work-in-progress game, made by a single individual (Markus "Notch" Persson). It was a simple game with limited graphics and controls. It was only accessible on PC. It was prone to fail, as it was an unfinished game created by a single individual.

However, millions of players still played and bought the first version of "Minecraft".

When Microsoft bought the game back in 2014 for $2.5 billion the tech industry was stunned and at a loss over the purchase.

However, that early success has remained under Microsoft's watch for the past five years.

"What we've discovered is that it's a game that people keep returning to," Helen Chiang (Minecraft) director of the studio, said to Business Insider in a telephone interview this week. It might not always be the most well-known, as there are many great games out but it's one that players love to revisit.

Why "Minecraft" has been such a success?

Therefore the reason why "Minecraft so well-known?"

This is a game that looks something like this:

Imagine "Minecraft" as virtual LEGO.

It's a method for putting pieces to create something - sometimes amazing things - out of nothing. "Minecraft" provides endless building blocks and a blank canvas; it's your responsibility to create something extraordinary or funny, related, or whatever using the tools it provides. The tools are blessedly user-friendly, as are the systems for employing those tools.

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