The report is not surprising if accurate, given the phenomenal success of the Minecraft franchise, which was acquired by Microsoft, along with Mojang, for $2.5 billion in 2014.
The original Minecraft has now sold over 200 million copies. And while location-based spin-off game Minecraft Earth closed in June, reportedly due to Covid-related issues, 2020 release Minecraft Dungeons reached 10 million players across all supported platforms this February.
Last year, Mojang rebranded as Mojang Studios following its expansion to multiple studios and game titles.
Mojang is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, although it has employees located in the UK, US and Canada.
Thomas Wiborgh, the company’s head of communications, said at the time: “Following Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Dungeons, we’re planning a feature film, preparing an epic live show, and playing with ideas for brand new games.”
Speaking about the performance of Microsoft’s gaming business during the company’s third quarter earnings call in April, CEO Satya Nadella said: “Minecraft has nearly 140 million monthly active users, up 30 percent year-over-year, making it one of the leading platforms in the creator economy.
“Creators have generated over $350 million from more than one billion downloads of mods, add-ons and other experiences in Minecraft.”