How many people play Minecraft? 2023 player count

Minecraft characters and animals on a cliff

Minecraft version 1.20 that’ll introduce Camels and a Cherry Blossom biome is right around the corner and the sandbox game’s popularity hasn’t witnessed even a slight downfall. Here’s how many people play Minecraft actively in 2023.

While some games are well-known for their captivating story, others gain prominence for their characters. However, Minecraft neither has a story nor any characters. It puts you in a massive Overworld and leaves you to survive amidst animals, mobs, and caves.

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Having said that, Minecraft is special because it allows players to do literally whatever they want. Even though defeating the Ender Dragon is supposed to be the goal, you can visit the End and still enjoy the game.

Minecraft is still one of the most popular games in the world in 2023, and here’s how many people play it.

A fox family in Minecraft

Minecraft monthly & active player count in 2023

According to, more than 176 million people played Minecraft in January 2023. Surprisingly, the monthly player count has increased steadily in the past year, and from the looks of it, it isn’t going to decline anytime soon.

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To put things in perspective, Minecraft’s monthly player base in August 2022 was close to 173 million. Within a few months, it gained another 3 million players.

Minecraft’s active player base has also increased during 2022. In August 2021, the game boasted over 16 million peak active players and now in 2023, this number has increased to over 17 million.

Minecraft sword with Fire Aspect enchantment

Put simply, over 176 million players logged in to Minecraft during January 2023 and in the past 30 days, the highest number of players playing the game simultaneously was more than 17 million.

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One of the biggest reasons behind Minecraft’s popularity is the regular updates. With each content update, the developers release new mobs, blocks, biomes, and mechanics that keep attracting new players as well as veterans.

If you’re someone who is new to Minecraft, make sure to check out these guides on llamas, how to make a pickaxe, and how to find amethyst.

Image Credits: Mojang

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