The world’s best-selling video game turns 15 years old, and Xbox is celebrating with sales, free gifts, events, and more fun

What you need to know

  • Minecraft’s began its life around May 10, 2009, and saw its first public appearance on May 17, 2009.
  • Now, the survival-crafting behemoth is the best-selling video game of all time 15 years later.
  • To celebrate the legendary game’s birthday, Mojang Studios and Xbox are hosting 15 days of gifts and fun.
  • This includes a free Character Creator item for each of the 15 days, but more goodies and events have been teased.

May 15, 2024 — Updated with more information and news regarding Minecraft’s 15-year anniversary celebration, including game sales and more.

Now that Minecraft’s 15-year anniversary celebration has officially kicked off, we have a better idea of how Mojang Studios and Xbox are commemorating Minecraft. For one, Minecraft has completely taken over the official Xbox website, including custom iconography and various banners and links. There’s also a link to download a collection of Minecraft wallpapers for your devices. You can find even more information, including a timeline exploring Minecraft’s history, on the official Minecraft website.

Mojang Studios is also offering 50% off all three of the mainline Minecraft games, and up to 70% off the mobile Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on Android and iOS devices. You can find all the discounted items from $2.99 at Microsoft Store (Xbox & PC). This is a great time to check out Minecraft Dungeons, for example, an excellent co-op action-RPG swimming in a ton of content. Don’t forget that the Minecraft Marketplace will also be offering big discounts on in-game items like skin packs, texture packs, maps, adventures, and more.


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