Statistics have recently shown that Minecraft is actually more popular than the juggernaut that is DOTA 2 when it comes to the number of people playing it at the same time.

Developer Mojang tweeted over the weekend that they’ve just gained access to cocurrent player statistics, which at the time indicated there were 998 000 players playing the game. Not in total – at that very second. More importantly, that wasn’t even at a peak time, according to Mojang’s Nathan Adams.

The implication of the figure is that during the most popular periods, Minecraft’s playerbase stretches past the million mark.

Another tweet, posted a short while later, showed how actual statistics indicate a far different reality than popular theories would suggest:

SP means single-player, a mode that has players surviving Minecraft’s hostile environment by building and collecting stuff, or simply building anything their imaginations can come up with out of the game’s blocks in resource-unlimited mode.

DOTA 2, on the other hand, reached a peak of 961 580 players over the same period; that’s according to the Steam stats that VG247 pulled when they wrote their story on it.

Of course, this isn’t the full story: Minecraft can be played on a large number of different platforms – PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC as well as Mac and mobile – and DOTA 2 is a PC-only game. Not only that, but Steam’s DOTA 2 stats don’t include those from China, as the game is hosted on different servers there, meaning the total worldwide figures likely favour DOTA 2.

But no matter how you dissect the numbers, the fact remains that Minecraft is still a very, very popular game indeed. “Minecraft” was the second-most searched-for term on YouTube in 2014, and the Pocket Edition of the game recently sold its 30 millionth copy. No wonder Microsoft bought them last year for $2.5bn.

Should you find Minecraft’s popularity intriguing and you’d like to try it out for yourself, you can grab the game here for $26.95 (around R300), and go here for some tips on how to get started.

Alternatively, you can tune in to Stampylonghead’s YouTube channel, as he covers everything related to Minecraft in considerable detail. His videos are kid-friendly, too, so feel free to bring along the little ‘uns.

[Source – VG247]
Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.