The Swedish indie game developer Mojang has won 5 different awards last night in two different competitions, organised in conjunction with the GDC 2011 conference. Markus Persson, the creator of the game tweeted about this earlier today. Minecraft is still officially in beta, but millions of people are already playing and most importantly, paying for the game. To be precise, at the time of writing this Minecraft has 4 884 884 registered users and 1 470 357 have paid for the game (that’s over a 30% conversion!).
The game won 3 awards for Mojang from GDCA (Game Developers’ Choice Awards) and 2 from IGF (Independent Games Festival).
From GDCA, Minecraft received the Innovation Award, Best Downloadable Game Award as well as the Best Debut Game Award. IGF granted Minecraft the Audience Award as well as the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.
Minecraft has been developed by Markus Persson from Sweden. He used to work as a game developer before he quit his job and fell in love with indie games. He began work on Minecraft in May 2009. More about his thoughts on Minecraft can be seen from the game’s about page. Today, Mojang consists of 7 people who work on both Minecraft and a new unannounced game.
It’s a bit difficult to explain the game in just a few words, so I’ll turn to video here and let it do the speaking. Below is a fan made video of Minecraft which will help you understand the concept better.