World of Warships
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that a school in Stockholm requires its 13-year-old students to play Minecraft? By requiring them to build virtual worlds of their own, they learn much about city planning and how things like electric grids and water supply networks work. The Viktor Rydberg school promoted the game to improve the students’ creativity and use of imagination. Minecraft – or “Cave Game” as it was originally called by its creator, Markus Persson, doesn’t have limitations on what a player can create. This feature is exactly what makes Minecraft so successful among all open-world and sandbox games. It is also why it is one of the best-selling video games of all time.
Since its release in 2011, Minecraft has sold over 144 million copies worldwide. It is the only other video game to have sold over 100 million copies, following Tetris which has sold 170 million copies in its lifetime. Free marketing has had a significant effect on the game’s popularity, as news about the game traveled fast through word of mouth. In a study done by the Annenberg School of Communication, it was discovered that one-third of early users of the game first heard about it from their friends, and another third discovered the game through YouTube videos.