Minecraft saw 74m monthly active users in December

Minecraft saw 74m monthly active users in December

Mojang and Microsoft's blockbuster has set a new record for monthly users.

Speaking to Pop Sugar, new head of Minecraft Helen Chiang – who was promoted following the rise of Matt Booty to corporate VP of Microsoft Studios – who said that the game hit 74m monthly active users in December.

What's more, the game has sold 144m copies across all platforms. There's no breakdown by platform for that figure, but Microsoft's PR agency said it would not comment on PC sales when asked last week.

"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," said Chiang.

"That's really our goal, to keep building the community that we have."

What's more, this record MUA figure also saw the Minecraft Marketplace seeing its strongest month to date.

"I'm really excited about how well the marketplace has done," Chiang said.

"It launched in June of 2016 and has steadily been growing month over month — we just came off the strongest month this past December. Honestly, it's been just so amazing to watch the creators grow. And the part that's really inspiring to me is the stories I hear about how we're changing creators' lives. Some of them have been really involved in Minecraft for a long time... and because they've seen so much success in the marketplace, they've been able to quit the job that they thought would be the one that financially sustained them and been able to go focus on the thing that they're truly passionate about."

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