What began as an indie project has become one of the most successful video games in history. Minecraft has sold over 144 million copies across a dozen platforms including consoles and mobile devices. Even more impressive is the game’s dedicated player base. Over 74 million people play it every month according to the recently promoted Helen Chiang, the new Chief for the Minecraft brand.

“We just recently set a new record in December for monthly active users, so now we’re at 74 million monthly active users; and that’s really a testament to people coming back to the game, whether it’s through the game updates or bringing in new players from across the world,” Chiang said to Chelsea Adelaine Hassler of Pop Sugar.

Chiang and the rest of the Minecraft team are currently working hard to unite the community of Minecraft around the game no matter which device they play it on. “All of our players are playing across a number of different devices and platforms, and it shouldn’t matter where they’re playing — what’s important to us is that they have the opportunity to play it together, because it makes it so much more of a rich experience. That’s the journey we’re still on,” she said.

A series of updates are being prepared for the game. Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to the Bedrock update which will add features that are missing on that platform such as the Marketplace. The upcoming and appropriately named Aquatic update focuses on the sea. Expect water-based adventures and creatures such as dolphins and turtles.

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