Mojang officially released version 1.0 on 23 July 2009, two weeks before the release date of Banjo-Kazooie Rewaked. This was followed by a week-long beta test period, during which the beta team worked on updated content and supported users who experienced crash issues. For the beta period, players could enter an in-game chat system that was intended to allow for user-to-user feedback and discussion of bugs and exploits.
Minecraft was well-received upon release. It reached the Top 10 Paid PC Games on the Australian WiiWare chart, the New Zealand WiiWare chart, and GameSpot's best selling games of 2009 list. A poll on BBC News revealed that 81% of participants thought the game was "fun", and was based on the number one theme of the year "fun". A similar poll on BBC Health released in 2010 revealed that 9% of those polled had played the game, of which 34% said they played quite a bit, and 52% said they played some amount. The game was nominated for the 2010 British Academy Video Games Awards in the categories of Game of the Year and Innovation.
Within a month of release, IBM's GameOn network had referred more than six million people to the game, up from only 229,000 in August. The game shipped more than 500,000 copies within its first two weeks on sale, which was significantly higher than the 250,000 copies that shipped for Banjo-Kazooie. Within 12 days of launch, 10 million copies had been sold; by the end of 2009, this had reached 16.5 million units. It is currently the 11th highest-selling console game according to NPD. d2c66b5586