The developers can now see how many players are in the block-filled world at any time.
The ever-popular open sandbox game, Minecraft, reportedly has around 1 million concurrent players, according to tweets from developer Mojang's Nathan Adams.
The news comes following Mojang's new access to see how many players are playing Minecraft at any one time.
For the first time ever, we finally have the capability to see how many people are currently playing Minecraft right now. Holy crap.— Nathan Adams (@Dinnerbone) January 9, 2015
Adams said that on 9th January at 2:19pm there were 998,000 people playing Minecraft - and that it wasn't even peak time.
There are currently over 998,000 people playing Minecraft right at this moment. It is not even remotely close to being a peak time.— Nathan Adams (@Dinnerbone) January 9, 2015
It's easy to say, then, that Minecraft would definitely be hitting numbers above the 1 million mark at peak hours, especially considering that the game is pretty much available on everything, probably even potatoes.
I could have waited 5 minutes to say 1 million, but nobody would believe that. :D— Nathan Adams (@Dinnerbone) January 9, 2015
Adams went on to say that despite many claiming Minecraft is mainly played in multiplayer mode, almost "50% of players" are in single player at any moment.
Lots of people kept saying "people only play Minecraft in multiplayer", well turns out almost exactly 50% of players are in SP at any moment— Nathan Adams (@Dinnerbone) January 9, 2015