Gift code

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Gift codes are twelve character alphanumeric codes which can be purchased, individually or in bulk of up to ten, for someone else to redeem a copy of Minecraft with. They were implemented on the main website on December 16, 2010.[1] An account must be created and logged into first before codes can be redeemed.[2]


  • Although rare, Notch gives away gift codes for vigilant followers of his blog or twitter[3] to redeem. When this happens, they are nearly instantly redeemed. The first instance of this was on Christmas Day, December 25, 2010, where eleven codes were given out.[4]
  • Gift codes bought during the Alpha development phase will still result in an account being upgraded to an Alpha account, even when redeemed after the Alpha phase ended.[1]
  • During the weekend of Notch being married, there was a 2 for 1 deal. When buying one copy of Minecraft Beta, the customer would receive a free gift code.[5]


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