Minecraft Makes More Money On Nintendo Switch Than PlayStation or Xbox

Minecraft holds the remarkable distinction of being the best-selling video game of all time, largely due to its availability across various platforms. Aside from its presence on PC, the game can be played on Microsoft's Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch consoles. Interestingly, in terms of console revenue, Minecraft generates the most profit on the Nintendo Switch compared to any other gaming system. This information was disclosed by Tim Stuart, the Chief Financial Officer of Xbox gaming, during his testimony in the FTC v Microsoft trial.

Stuart revealed that Minecraft generates the least revenue on Xbox platforms, with PlayStation earning roughly double that amount. However, the most significant console for Minecraft in terms of revenue is the Nintendo Switch, where the game's financial success is "roughly twice as big as PlayStation and 4x as big as Xbox." Stuart further emphasized that Minecraft stands as one of Microsoft's most profitable first-party games.

The strength of Minecraft's performance on other platforms was used as evidence in the case to demonstrate Microsoft's potential gains from maintaining Call of Duty's availability on multiple platforms, if the proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard is approved. Microsoft has offered contracts to various companies, guaranteeing support for Call of Duty for a minimum of 10 years. Notably, one of these companies is Nintendo, despite the absence of any Call of Duty games on the Switch at present. While there is speculation that Call of Duty may become an Xbox exclusive in the future, Microsoft's strategy seems to prioritize releasing certain games on as many platforms as possible due to their significant financial benefits.

The immense success of Minecraft on Xbox and its remarkable performance on other platforms shed light on why Microsoft may be keen to bring Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch. However, the final outcome of the FTC's hearing will ultimately determine the future of these plans.

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