Helen Chiang, the leader of the Minecraft team at Microsoft, summed up the eleven years of Minecraft, speaking under a new position – now she is the head of Mojang Studios, the formation of which was announced yesterday.
The new studio includes the Minecraft team in the USA and Mojang in Stockholm. The dominant position in this case, obviously, is the Microsoft team, the Swedish office will operate as a branch.
In his publication, Helen noted the special role of Minecraft in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. The educational version of Minecraft Education Edition has become free for educational institutions and will remain so until the end of June.
Worlds from the educational publication were published free of charge in the Minecraft Bedrock marketplace and were downloaded by 50 million players in two months (since March 24).
Of the other successes, Helen noted that in 2019 Minecraft became the most watched game on YouTube, and cited statistics:
The number of Minecraft players worldwide has exceeded 200 million.
Minecraft has a monthly audience of 126 million players.
But I think fans of the game will be interested in updated data on the release date of Minecraft 1.16.
Helen said that after the release of Minecraft Dungeons on May 26, a new version of Minecraft 1.16 “Nether Update” will be released in the summer.