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Minecraft Grosses ~$33M

Gamasutra offers some calculation based on a Reddit comment by Notch where the Minecraft designer says the indie sensation sold 800,000 alpha copies and another million more since, for an estimated $33 million in gross revenue before PayPal fees, taxes, etc. Here's what he says about where this "huge wad of money" is: "It all ends up in an account somewhere, and I try not to look at it. I get a normal salary these days for day to day stuff, but there's a big pile somewhere." Thanks Joao.

8. Re: Minecraft Grosses ~$33M Apr 6, 2011, 15:35 ASeven
Rattlehead wrote on Apr 6, 2011, 15:23:

Indies proving the PC market may not make you filthy billionaire, but they can make you just a millionaire.

Good news both for indies and the PC market since it proves it is very, very viable for an indie.
There are hundreds and hundreds of indie games out there on Steam that don't seem to amount to anything. Minecraft is and always will be a fluke. Everyday I boot up Steam, I see the advertisement for some unknown indie game that's been released, close it, and never hear of it again.

I'm not saying there isn't a market, but there are tons of indie games out there that amount to nothing. Just my 2 cents.

And many of them are also generic, bland and downright terrible. Minecraft proves that a game with appeal at an appealing price will sell a fortune exclusively on the PC market. Super Meat Boy has now announced it sold 400K units on the PC, the double of what it sold on the consoles, another success case on the PC. Amnesia, a niche game, did so well the devs praised the PC market.

Oversaturation of the indie market due to the nature of being an indie in no way takes away from the fact that a good indie game will more than likely do very well.
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