When people opened up their brand new iPhones and iPads for Christmas, what was the first app they were most likely to download?
Well, the data’s in, and it looks like Minecraft: Pocket Edition had a pretty great Christmas, raking in more money in holiday sales than any other game in the world.
The data on Mojang’s top-grossing app comes courtesy of App Annie, and it’s not a huge surprise. Minecraft is such a cultural juggernaut and crossover hit that Microsoft actually paid $2.5 billion for the game early this year. But while it’s not a surprise, it does make Minecraft: Pocket Edition unique on the App Store, because it costs $6.99 in a marketplace where the vast majority of the top downloaded games are free-to-play, or cost $2.99 at most.
Having beat other popular games such as Clash of Clans, Game of War and Candy Crush Saga in Christmas sales, Minecraft’s success continues to show that taking part in the race to the bottom isn’t the only way to be a success in the App Store. If only it could be the rule, not the exception.