Microsoft introduced its Q3 monetary outcomes on Tuesday, reporting a frankly incomprehensible $15.5 billion in web earnings. Home windows income is up, and so is the gaming division, unsurprising given the launch of the brand new Xbox Sequence X and Sequence S. Extra fascinating are the figures round Minecraft—particularly, how a lot cash modders, reasonably than Microsoft itself, have revamped the previous few years.
“Creators have generated over $350 million from a couple of billion downloads of mods, add-ons, and different experiences in Minecraft,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated in Microsoft’s third quarter earnings name in the present day. Which means $350 million in simply the final 4 years—Microsoft launched its official Minecraft market in 2017. That determine would not embrace any mod gross sales by way of different channels.
Whereas Nadella did not specify, I assume “generated” right here means whole gross sales, so modders have not really pocketed that a lot; Microsoft has stated prior to now it provides greater than 50 p.c of the income to creators, however it does hold a slice for itself.
In accordance with Nadella’s remarks on the earnings name, the Minecraft market appears to be a template for achievement that Microsoft desires to observe with future video games. “As video games evolve into metaverse economies, we’re constructing new instruments to assist anybody promote creations on our platforms,” he stated. “Minecraft had practically 140 million month-to-month energetic customers, up 30 p.c 12 months over 12 months, making it one of many main platforms within the creator economic system… We’re additionally seeing a vibrant market emerge in Flight Simulator, with companions now in a position to promote content material immediately throughout the recreation.”
Microsoft’s total gaming income elevated by $1.2 billion, or 50 p.c, within the third quarter.