According to the Financial Times, according to the financials filed by Minecraft developer/publisher Mojang, the massively multiplayer building game has earned over $80M in revenue, thanks to over 5M paid downloads.
Roughly $1M of that revenue was through ancillary sales such as T-shirts and socks.
A more surprising development has been that Hollywood has approached Mojang regarding ideas for a Minecraft-related television show. However, chief exec Carl Manneh states that Mojang will avoid that sort of licensing til “ the right idea comes along.”
According to Manneh, “We’ve been approached by a number of high-profile Hollywood producers and asked to do TV shows. We may do that. It’s hard when you don’t have any experience and someone comes to throw these ideas around."
“We have so much to focus on with just the game development and growing the business. But if the right idea comes along and the right people that we’d want to work with, we’d say why not?” he added.
Mojang expects a new revenue stream when Minecraft releases on Xbox Live Arcade on the 9th May, selling for 1600 Microsoft Points ($19.99 USD).