achieved a new milestone after announcing the game has surpassed 100 million monthly active users. This puts Roblox Corporation’s game creator ahead of Minecraft.“Roblox began with just 100 players and a handful of creators who inspired one another, unlocking this groundswell of creativity, collaboration, and imagination that continues to grow,” Roblox Corporation CEO and founder David Baszucki said in a press release.
Roblox was released in 2006, three years before Minecraft was released in 2009. Both games share a DNA influenced by Lego toys, but aside from their blocky aesthetics are relatively separate games.
Roblox has largely grown under Minecraft’s cultural shadow, but in recent years the Roblox brand has grown thanks to let’s plays and livestreams. Kanye West even parodied Roblox for a music video.
Minecraft averages about 90 million monthly active users, but its popularity has been rising in recent months thanks to YouTubers who’ve flocked back to the game. Microsoft is also planning to launch a Pokemon Go-like AR title called Minecraft: Earth. So there’s a chance that Minecraft could grow its popularity again off the back of augmented reality tech.
Roblox is celebrating the milestone by releasing a free virtual item, a gold bar shoulder accessory which players can redeem from the Catalog for a limited time.
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