Units Sold: 144 Million
Minecraft was created by eccentric Swedish game designer Markus “Notch” Persson and developed and published by Mojang, the company he founded. The game features a procedurally-generated world where players use a variety of different cubes to build their creations. In 2011, Minecraft was officially released and quickly took the gaming world by storm. The game received universal praise and unleashed a wave of merchandise that included toys, books, and clothing. Minecraft even has its own dedicated convention, MINECON, that began in 2011 and draws tens of thousands of fans to Las Vegas each year.
In September 2014, Microsoft announced a deal to purchase Mojang and the intellectual right to the Minecraft franchise for a reported US$2.5 billion. At this point, Minecraft is available on every platform under the sun and has sold a staggering 144 million units in just seven years on the market.
Via The Verge
8. Need For Speed
Units Sold: 150 Million
Need For Speed is a fast-paced action racing franchise the first appeared in 1994 on the 3DO followed by a release on the PC, PlayStation, and Saturn. The first installment was the only attempt to provide a realistic driving experience, with other racing series then shifting to more of an arcade driving experience. Since Need For Speed’s initial release, the series has been overseen by several notable teams including EA Black Box, Ghost Games, and Criterion. For the most part, the franchise has been well received and is by far the most successful racing game franchise to date.
The series has fallen off in recent years with the last few games receiving some poor reviews and failing to connect with their audience. Despite the shortcomings of recent releases, the Need For Speed franchise has been extremely profitable for EA and has lifetime sales that exceed 150 million units. The Need For Speed franchise even spawned a feature film starring Arron Paul of Breaking Bad fame, despite negatives reviews the film grossed over $200 million at the worldwide box office.
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