September 29th, 2010
Here's one way to make a buck selling PC games.
Although free to play in basic mode dubbed Classic, Minecraft charges $10 for the privilege to play a more robust and regularly updated version called Alpha. And gamers are eating it up: hook, line and sinker.
On September 22 alone, the paid version sold an average of one copy every three seconds, clearing a whopping $350,000 in 24 hours. No where near the millions StarCraft II netted on launch day. But keep in mind, Minecraft is a one man show.
"It all feels unreal," says Swedish creator Markus Persson. "I thought I could make a living from the game, but I didn't expect to become rich."
Not bad for an aspiring indie developer.