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Minecraft: Pocket Edition passes 30m downloads

Meanwhile, Minecraft on PC hit a concurrent players high over the weekend

Mojang announced today that its mobile game Minecraft: Pocket Edition has reached a new milestone as it's passed 30 million downloads. The company joked that it's "23 times hotter than the sun in summer time" and "more than the entire observable universe."

Unlike free-to-play downloads stats, each download of Pocket Edition means a sale of $7, so that's a total of $210 million in revenue across iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Amazon Kindle Fire.

That's no doubt very pleasing to Mojang's new corporate overseers at Microsoft. Last September's acquisition of the company hasn't seemed to put any damper on players' enthusiasm for the property. The PC/Mac edition has more than 18 million purchases to date, and on Saturday the game actually saw 1.4 million people concurrently playing, half multiplayer and half single-player (as noted by Polygon). To put that in perspective, with its 8.5 million concurrent users, Steam still has not seen a game with over 1 million concurrent players.

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