Minecraft vs Roblox – How Do They Compare? – Video Game Comparison


For a number of years now, chat forums have
been awash with the debate on which game is better, Minecraft or Roblox. Both games are similar in some ways, being
open-world games aimed at a younger audience, in which players not only explore virtual
environments but create their own. Although the games are quite different, there
are some fundamental similarities, one of which is that players hone their creative
skills by changing the landscape of the virtual world; the player becomes the creator, a young,
virtual industrialist. Both games have been wildly successful, accruing
millions of fans worldwide and to some extent transforming our idea of what a videogame
is. We thought it would be fun to take a closer
look at some head-to-head statistics in this episode of The Infographics Show, Minecraft
vs. Roblox. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. Minecraft is a game that has become an institution
in itself, at home and in the classroom. Created by Swedish designer Markus Persson,
the inspiration behind Minecraft was Persson’s fondness for the construction and management
simulation game, Dwarf Fortress. He spent a few years figuring out how to turn
the basic graphics and somewhat confusing gameplay of Dwarf Fortress into a more immersive
and enjoyable experience. It wasn’t until 2009 that Persson had put
up an early alpha version of Minecraft on YouTube, costing only 13 dollars. Soon after the beta version was released for
26 dollars, and within 24 hours, to Persson’s surprise, he’d sold 15 copies and had over
150 dollars in his PayPal account – a large amount for him at the time. Just 8 years later, and his current net worth
is 1.4 billion dollars. Roblox history is perhaps not quite as romantic. Unlike Minecraft, it’s a web-based game,
and it was created in 2004 by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel. It took a number of years to develop, with
the first blueprints being made in the mid-90s. A prototype of Roblox was developed in 1997
under the name, DynaBlocks, and it wasn’t until 2004 that Roblox – then still Dynablox
– had its first user, named Admin. In 2006, Roblox was finally made available
to the public, and by the end of that year, it had 1,000 members. A month later, that grew to 10,000 users,
and a year after that 100,000 users. These days, more than 30 million people play
Roblox monthly, logging around 300 million hours of gameplay. In terms of dollars and cents, Minecraft put
Persson on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires when his video game company,
Mojang, was acquired by tech giant Microsoft for $2.5 billion dollars in 2014. Prior to the deal, Microsoft was, no doubt,
watching in awe as Minecraft sales were nothing short of astronomical. In 2011, the game had sold more than 1 million
copies, hitting a revenue high of around $33 million. By 2014, it had sold around 60 million copies
for PC, console and pocket addition, and by 2017 it had become the best-selling game for
PC ever, and the second best-selling game of all time. Tetris is still number one. In 2016, it’s said Microsoft was selling
around 53,000 copies of Minecraft per day, with around 40 million people playing the
game every month. The most recent reports on Minecraft sales
show that it has now sold a massive 122 million copies, and has over 55 million players monthly. Minecraft for PC currently costs $26.95. As we’ve seen, Roblox has around thirty
million monthly active users, with around 900,000 playing concurrently. Unlike Minecraft, Roblox players can earn
money by creating their games inside the game. Available for PC, smartphone and game console,
the players can join a free market, earning some of its users as much as $50,000 a month. There are as many as 1.7 million (?) developers
making games in Roblox, with media reports illustrating how teens have been earning enough
to take their parents on vacations. In March of this year, the maximum payout
for developers went up from $50,000 – $100,000, making it possible for a young and talented
developer to become a millionaire in a year. It should be said that developers don’t
earn money for creating games. Instead, virtual items are bought within their
games with a virtual currency called Robux, which can be exchanged for real money. But how does Roblox make its money? Well, it takes a piece of what the developers
earn, while users can also pay $5.95 per month to pay for a membership to the Builders Club
where they will receive certain privileges – it’s free to play otherwise. CEO of Roblox, David Baszucki, who had worked
in educational software before his new venture, believes the company will soon be worth billions. Its revenue per year is still small compared
to Minecraft, at around $50 million in 2015. In the same year, Microsoft reported its revenue
from video games had increased by $367 million from the previous year, mainly due to its
clever acquisition. Nonetheless, once called the “Quiet Giant”
by tech pundits, Roblox told Forbes that in 2016 its revenue was up again, though the
company wouldn’t state the amount. Baszucki believes the incentive for its players
to learn coding and earn money is a win-win for everyone, with the company betting that
at some point Roblox will rule the sandbox gaming world. One of the benefits of Roblox is that coders
can design complex games using its coding language, Lua, while Minecraft players can
only design simple looking things using a less sophisticated code: the Minecraft-adapted
Java programming language. At the same time, while Roblox may offer the
chance to invent something wonderful, you also need the Internet to play it, whereas
in Minecraft, offline play is possible. This is a deal-breaker for some gamers. Another major difference, and one which separates
both games’ aficionados when it comes to saying which game is best, is the social aspect. Minecraft is a much more solitary game, perhaps
perfect for virtual adventurers who are on a kind of personal quest. While Minecraft does have multiplayer options,
Roblox was created as a social game. This kind of social environment could be seen
as a personality building exercise for players, although some critics have stated concerns
about young children – Roblox has many pre-teen players – coming into contact with shady
characters or bad language. In the end both games require a creative,
thoughtful, frontier-type attitude. Players, unlike in many games, can be creators
and not merely destroyers. This is why schools are now picking up the
games, with Minecraft having its own education edition and Roblox also making its way into
the classroom. Kids learn survival techniques, problem solving,
mathematics, design, and of course, coding. Minecraft is undoubtedly the winner in terms
of what it has achieved regarding the number of users and how much its earned for its creators
and present owners, but Roblox gets the kudos for giving young people the chance to code
and be financially prosperous. As the company pointed out in an interview
with Business Insider in 2017, playing Roblox might just be a way to give disenfranchised
kids a way into coding and a ticket to an easier life. What seems certain is that the games will
keep powering on, and in their wake, many more games will no doubt combine education,
creativity, and fun. So, which game do you like the most? Have you managed to make a few dollars from
Roblox, yet? Let us know in the comments. And if you like these type of comparison videos,
be sure to check out our video Xbox vs Playstation. Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
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Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. Which games should we compare in the future? We'll add the ones with the most likes to the list of future videos.

  2. Minecraft can also earn people money with server donations and perks! And you can also code with coding programs like mad commands for the bedrock edition servers!

  3. Minecraft 2010: mhm we are doing great

    Roblox:2016 lemme take the seat

    Fortnite 2017: no ill take the seat

    Pewdipie: im gonna end your carreer

    Minecraft 2019: thanks

    Roblox 2019: soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  4. Roblox was popular but then minecraft starts to grow more too because of pewdiepie and the others.
    Creeper Aww man

  5. Roblox is more like a community than a game.Roblox is boring.But in Minecraft you can build anything and more like an adventure which is you create your own world.

  6. Minecraft is coooooooooooooooooool in roblox you need wife minecraft is cooler than roblox 1M% for minecraft 100k for roblox

  7. Mincraft is better then roblox because roblox’s 4 issues are hacking, bullying, creators of games banning people that didnt do something wrong and thinks he did something wrong and kids can steal their moms credit card in roblox to get robux if their mom dosent buy robux for them.

  8. Roblox vs fortnite, minecraft vs fortnite, pubg vs fortnite, pubg vs cs:go, pubg vs roblox, pubg vs minecraft, csgo vs roblox, csgo vs minecraft, granny vs slenderman

  9. Nah i like roblox more if your not on xbox you cant play with friends on minecraft and roblox is free and you can meet friends if your on pc vr mobile and more

  10. Welp Minecraft has all languages though. But sometimes speaking some languages offer +13 Im Turkish and I used to struggle but I figured it out 2 years ago.

  11. Minecraft has more users than Roblox – Ten Million Users

    Roblox Users – 100 million users
    ANYBODY EXPLAIN WHO HAS MORE USERS?

  12. As a person that has played both games I feel Roblox is better because you can practically do anything on it. On Minecraft when you think about it, all you can do is build, fight explore and mine. I’m not saying Minecraft is is bad in fact it’s actually great!
    What about you? Reply for roblox or like for Minecraft

  13. One problem: Redstone/Command blocks weren't mentioned once, but i built a working computer and that doesnt get extra credit?!?!

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