Minecraft modders have bought a billion mods, revamped $350M since Microsoft purchased it
Microsoft introduced its Q3 monetary outcomes on Tuesday, reporting a frankly incomprehensible $15.5 billion in internet earnings. Home windows income is up, and so is the gaming division, unsurprising given the launch of the brand new Xbox Collection X and Collection S. Extra fascinating are the figures round Minecraft—particularly, how a lot cash modders, moderately than Microsoft itself, have revamped the previous few years.
“Creators have generated over $350 million from multiple billion downloads of mods, add-ons, and different experiences in Minecraft,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella mentioned in Microsoft’s third quarter earnings name right now. Which means $350 million in simply the final 4 years—Microsoft launched its official Minecraft market in 2017. That determine would not embrace any mod gross sales by means of different channels.
Whereas Nadella did not specify, I assume “generated” right here means whole gross sales, so modders have not really pocketed that a lot; Microsoft has mentioned up to now it offers greater than 50 p.c of the income to creators, but it surely does hold a slice for itself.
In keeping with Nadella’s remarks on the earnings name, the Minecraft market appears to be a template for fulfillment that Microsoft desires to observe with future video games. “As video games evolve into metaverse economies, we’re constructing new instruments to assist anybody promote creations on our platforms,” he mentioned. “Minecraft had practically 140 million month-to-month lively customers, up 30 p.c yr over yr, making it one of many main platforms within the creator economic system… We’re additionally seeing a vibrant market emerge in Flight Simulator, with companions now in a position to promote content material instantly inside the sport.”
Microsoft’s general gaming income elevated by $1.2 billion, or 50 p.c, within the third quarter.