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It's rare that indie game developers see extremely large pay checks. Minecraft appears to be the exception. The maker of Minecraft,, Markus Persson, had some interesting details to share on a recent Reddit comment thread. Within, he talks about the amount of money that Minecraft has brought in. "The game sold about 800,000 copies at 9.95 euro and then so far 1 million more at 14.95 euro. Paypal takes a cut, there are taxes, and such, but it's still a huge wad of money," Persson explains. That adds up to a hefty chunk of change, somewhere in the neighborhood of over 30 million dollars. Without more details, it's impossible to confirm these numbers, and it's also unknown exactly how much money is taken out by Paypal and taxes.Nonetheless, it seems likely that Persson is making far more money than he originally suspected out of his independent game. And, what a lot of people don't know? It is even the final game yet. The game is still technically in beta![via Gamasutra]
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Good for him. It pains me that i'll never match his level though.... XP
good for him, making an interesting game has payed off this time.
I don't know why I'm waiting to get this game.
Good for him. It's nice to see an independent developer pulling in the kind of money that normally is reserved for larger companies.
Minecraft is great. I can't put my finger on what makes it that way, but it certainly keeps me addicted regardless. There's something rewarding about mining all those blocks and then turning them into something in the game. Hell, even building your first small house is an awfully rewarding experience when you're doing all the mining and smelting and building yourself.
Hopefully this is seen as inspiration to other indie developers to make creative, innovative games. I've never played Minecraft, but I've been following the stories of it's success. Congrats to the developer!
I gota buy this game.
can't wait for final version
THE BERLIN WALL HAS BEEN BROUGHT DOWN!
It is *not* even the final game yet. Sorry, it just bothered me. >.>
Anyway, he made a good game and I'm glad he's getting a good payout. Here's hoping that his next game does alright and that the final product for Minecraft lives up to expectations.
Notch earned it! That game is just so f*cking good! I don't think that any game has captivated my interest for so long a period of time.