Minecraft has recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and even though it's racking up milestones like crazy, all of them seem to pale in comparison to the results of NetEase's Minecraft in China, which reached 1.36 billion mod downloads.
"25,000 Minecraft mods created by over 2,100 developers have been downloaded 1.36 billion times in China with its domestic registered players passing a milestone of 200 million, making China one of the biggest blocks of the sandbox legend", they wrote.
Granted, this is not the Minecraft we know, but rather a free-to-play version that launched for PC, iOS and Android devices.
Developed by Mojang and published by NetEase, It launched in 2017 and its launch month finished with 30 million downloads. It took four months to rake in $1 million in revenue, so it's obvious that the appeal
"When navigating the world largest and fast-growing game market, many western games are facing cultural barriers. Minecraft's transcultural success, however, could be explained by how it has become integrated into modern China and also its glorious past", they wrote.
NetEase are particularly proud of the latter part, as their edition of Minecraft was used to recreate some important landmarks.
"The National Architect & Cthuwork Studio spent over three years recreating the Imperial Palace within the Forbidden city which used over 100 million Minecraft blocks in its construction", they said.