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Players dig into building game Minecraft amid pandemic

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Minecraft, which turned 11 years old on Sunday, has been a winner during virus-induced lockdowns. AFP

Players dig into building game Minecraft amid pandemic

Some 126 million people are playing Minecraft monthly and more than 200 million copies of the building and exploration game have been sold as online play surges during the pandemic.

Minecraft turned 11 years old on Sunday, freshened with updates and having closed out 2019 as the most viewed game on YouTube.

“Though 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year, we’re proud that Minecraft continues to inspire and connect an ever-growing global community of passionate players and creators,” said Helen Chiang, head of Microsoft-owned Mojang Studios, which makes the game.

In a move aimed at reaching a younger tech user base, Microsoft about six years ago bought the Swedish group behind hugely popular Minecraft for $2.5 billion, bolstering its gaming division.

The deal for Mojang gave Microsoft one of the best-known video games of all time – one which is played on game consoles as well as PCs and mobile devices.

As part of its recent anniversary celebration, Mojang updated its logo and look in the spirit of unifying its studios in Redmond, Washington and Stockholm, said Chiang.

Video games and online viewing of matches at platforms such as Twitch, YouTube and Facebook have been seeing huge growth during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has shut down real-world leisure activities and kept billions indoors.

Evidence of the gaming surge was seen in strong results from Activision Blizzard Inc, which said an average of 102 million people played its games such as Call of Duty online in the first quarter of this year.

The company reported growth in titles such as Overwatch, World of Warcraft and the popular colour-matching smartphone game Candy Crush.

Meanwhile, Electronic Arts Inc saw players flock to online sports in hit franchises devoted to football, baseball, and American football.

“They’re gaming so much they are wearing out their devices,” analyst Ted Pollak of Jon Peddie Research said after the game-makers reported earnings recently.

A report by Futuresource Consulting Ltd called gaming “the shooting star of the entertainment industry” and said it is expected to boost its share of the sector to 36 per cent by 2023, from 31 per cent last year.

“Following a record-breaking year in 2019, with gaming software generating $143 billion of consumer spending, the industry is now poised for further growth, with captive audiences worldwide acting as a catalyst,” said the report.

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