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‘Stardew Valley’ has sold over 20 million copies

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Six years after its first release, has sold over 20 million copies. Creator Eric Barone shared news of the achievement in an update posted to the and an interview with † “The 20 million mark is really amazing,” he told the outlet.

But what’s even more impressive is the increasing pace of Stardew Valley’s sale. It took four years for the game to sell its first 10 million copies. Since September 2021, 5 million units have been sold. “Stardew Valley’s average daily sales are higher than ever these days,” Barone said. “I’m not sure why that is. I hope the game just continues to spread through word of mouth, and the more people play it, the more people will share the game with their friends.”

Barone told PC gamer he plans to continue working on Stardew Valley but now mainly focuses on , a new action RPG he announced last fall. “Ultimately, I have to follow my heart, otherwise the quality of the content will suffer,” Barone said.

Twenty million units sold is an impressive achievement for any game, let alone a game developed by one person. Barone started working on Stardew Valley after graduating with a computer science degree from the University of Washington Tacoma. He found that after the 2008 financial crisis, he was unable to gain a foothold in his field, so he started developing the game to hone his craft. He then worked on the project for the next four years before finally releasing Stardew Valley early 2016. Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier documents the entire saga in his excellent 2017 book

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