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MineCon (initially referred to as MinecraftCon) is an annual Minecraft convention held by Mojang AB. The first one was held in 2010 in Washington State. The 2011 one was on November 18, 2011 in Las Vegas and celebrated the release of Minecraft 1.0. MineCon 2012 was held in Disneyland Paris from November 24 - 25th.[1] MineCon 2013 was held in Orlando, Florida from November 2–3. MineCon 2015 was held in London, England from July 4–5. MineCon 2016 was held in Anaheim, California from September 24-25. The official MineCon website is available at https://minecon.minecraft.net.


2010[edit | edit source]

MinecraftCon[edit | edit source]

MinecraftCon 2010 logo
The other MinecraftCon 2010 logo
Notch with his fans at MinecraftCon 2010.

MinecraftCon 2010 was a spontaneous gathering of Minecraft fans on August 31, 2010 in Bellevue, Washington. It was conceived by Notch after expressing in a blog post[2] several requests for a meet-up by players and had called on the community to organize one with no specific choice of venue. While Notch had labeled it "Minecraftcon 2010", it is a bit of a misnomer as it implies a formal convention not unlike that of a typical gaming or anime convention. This thread on the Minecraft Forums was an unofficial organization point for the Convention, complete with YouTube videos and pictures afterwards.

More than fifty people had turned up at the gathering, including one in a full body creeper costume,[3] in which Notch took a cautious interest.

MineCon[edit | edit source]

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The MineCon 2010 logo
Notch with his fans at MineCon 2010.

MineCon 2010 was a gathering of Minecraft fans on a Minecraft Classic server.[4] This thread on the Minecraft Forums was an unofficial organization point for the Con. There was a spleef tournament, a building competition, and an obstacle course race. (There was also initially going to be a griefing competition, but it was cancelled.) There was also a signature wall that 167 people signed, including Notch. Notch also confirmed Herobrine would be in the game, probably in a Seecret Friday update. But that has never happened and has decided against it ever since.[5]

2011[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2011 logo
Screenshot from MineCon 2011 trailer

MineCon 2011 was held at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada on November 18, 2011, coinciding with the official release of the game.[6]

MineCon featured many exciting events, including the official release of Minecraft, keynote speeches from members of the Minecraft community (including one from Notch), building contests, breakout classes with different Minecraft topics, costume contests, exhibits, meeting worldwide Minecraft personalities and commemorative merchandise.

There were 4,500 attendees at MineCon 2011, aging from new borns to 105 year olds and coming from 24 countries. Events included the Kickoff party, which everybody was invited to, and the Into the Nether party, featuring deadmau5, where only attendees 21 years and over were allowed into.

Location[edit | edit source]

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Location of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino: 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada

Tickets[edit | edit source]

Tickets went on sale on the 11th of August 2011, 99 days before the start of the conference on 18 November. The early-bird price was $99, which ran until September 30. After that, the price (including the price at the gate) became $139. However, as of October 28, the tickets were all sold out.[7] The price did not include hotel rooms, flights or any other costs involved apart from entry to MineCon.

The first 500 ticket purchasers were entered into the drawing to receive "The Ultimate Fan Experience". The winner won a paid-for hotel room at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, VIP seating to keynotes and presentations, and a meal with the Mojang team. The draw was won by a player named Joseph.[8]

Cape[edit | edit source]

Notch announced that those attending MineCon 2011 would receive an exclusive MineCon 2011 cape. He quickly removed the announcement and said it was supposed to be a secret. On September 27, a new photo of the official cape was released along more information on who would be attending the convention.[9] The cape was given to all attendees on October 10–11.

Videos[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2011 Trailer[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2011 Opening Ceremony video[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2011 Keynote[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2011 Prerelease[edit | edit source]

MineCon Video Blog Day 1[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2011 Costume Contest[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2011 - Into The Nether Party[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2011 - Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2011 Closing Ceremony video[edit | edit source]

2012[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 logo
The stage where the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as certain panels, were held.

MineCon 2012 was held in Disneyland Paris from November 24 - 25th. The convention was attended by 4,500 people - approximately the same amount as the previous year.[10] The Redstone Update was announced by the core Minecraft development team in a keynote held there. The entirety of the convention was officially live streamed by GameSpot, who later uploaded some of the content to their YouTube channel.[11][12]
Official Tumblr http://mineconparis.tumblr.com/.

The song that was embedded in the 2012 site.

Announcement[edit | edit source]

On April 9, 2012, Lydia Winters confirmed that MineCon 2012 would occur in Europe. She also announced that details would become clear in the coming weeks.[1] On July 18, 2012 she posted on the Mojang website that in the following week a video would go up saying where MineCon 2012 would be.[13] On August 2, 2012, Mojang officially announced through a promotional video on YouTube that MineCon 2012 would be held in Disneyland Paris from November 24 - 25th.[1] On August 23, 2012 the official MineCon site was updated to reflect 2012's convention. Ticket sales and hotel registration opened on September 14, 2012 with tickets quickly being sold out soon after release.

Location[edit | edit source]

Disneyland Paris
Location of Disneyland Paris: 77777 Marne-la-Vallée, France
Location within Disneyland Paris for MineCon 2012 includes the New York Convention Centre, the Times Square Exhibitor's Hall, and the Disney Events Arena.

Cape[edit | edit source]

As with the previous year, attendees of MineCon 2012 received an exclusive cape. On October 8, 2012, it was confirmed by Junkboy that the cape design for MineCon 2012 was finished and they were taking about 2 weeks to implement a button to turn it on and off.[14] On November 1, Mollstam tweeted that the cape will be available when they finish the cape selection system.[15] As such, minecraft.net now offers the ability for users who attended both conventions to switch between their 2011 and 2012 capes.

On November 16, it was confirmed by Mollstam that the MineCon 2012 cape would be distributed when the convention began. He said that "they are pretty and blue".[16] When the convention began, the cape was revealed to be one of the unused capes from MineCon 2011 that users could have voted for.

Videos[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Announcement[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Anticipation[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Trailer[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Opening Ceremony[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 - Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 - The People of MineCon[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Panel - Making MinecraftEDU[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Panel - Meet The Pocket Edition Team[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Panel - Making the MineZ Mod[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Panel - Minecraft Reality[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Panel - Running a Server[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Panel - Server Safety for Your Children[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Panel - Set Your Videos Apart With Killer Editing[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Panel - Building a Custom Map with SethBling[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Panel - The Art of Scrolls[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Panel - The Cobalt Team[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Panel Montage[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2012 Montage[edit | edit source]

2013[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2013 logo
MineCon 2013 Channel art

MineCon 2013 was held in Orlando, Florida from November 2–3.
Official Tumblr http://mineconorlando.tumblr.com/. The song "One" from C418's soundtrack from the Story of Mojang documentary was the song embedded in the 2013 site.

Announcement[edit | edit source]

LydiaWinters twitter.jpeg MINECON will be in the US this year. Sorry dear Brits. I'm not coming to scout locations!
Lydia Winters on MineCon 2013[17]
Jeb twitter.jpg [...] It's gonna be on the US east coast
Jens Bergensten on MineCon 2013[18]
Jeb twitter.jpg I know "east coast" is very unprecise, but it will be announced in a few weeks. As far as I know, the contract with the location has been signed, so it's mainly a question of people getting back from business trips... ETA for announcement should be end of May. Tickets will be available later (probably after summer, but I could be wrong).
Jens Bergensten on MineCon 2013[19]

Mojang revealed on June 27 that MineCon 2013 would be held in Orlando, Florida from November 2–3.[20] It was also said that tickets/hotel deals would later be available for sale in July.

After a lot of mystery, it was officially confirmed by Mojang that MineCon 2013 would be hosted in the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).[21] At one point, it was listed on the OCCC's calendar of scheduled events. Due to popularity directed toward OCCC's website, MineCon was taken off the list for upcoming events. Some time after all the tickets where sold, Minecon was added to the OCCC Exhibitor On-line Services calendar[22] and the Show Banner Orders calendar.[23] Also a page for exhibiters to get electrical, lighting and other booth utilities was created.[24] There was a page on the OCCC website labeled "Untitled Document"[25] that appeared to be the info page of Minecon 2013 on the OCCC website, but trying to go to the page will redirect you to the 404ed page.[26]

Location[edit | edit source]

Orange County Convention Center
Location of Orange County Convention Center: 9990 International Drive, Orlando, Florida[27]
Location within the OCCC for MineCon 2013 is the West Building; Exhibit Halls WA3 - WB1[25]

Age restriction[edit | edit source]

Mojang originally intended the age restriction to be without an adult to be 17 years old, (16 and under with an adult) but after further research and consideration, they lowered it to 14 years of age (13 and under with an adult). They offered a refund for this reason, and tickets refunded were put back on sale if accepted.[28]

Tickets[edit | edit source]

Early on July 31, Mojang confirmed that tickets would start going on sale later that day. These tickets were said to be released in batches of 3[29], each selling 2,500 tickets and at $150 a piece. (7,500 tickets in total).[28] This system was intended to give people who may have school, or a job a chance to get tickets. Also, Mojang announced that 7,500 tickets is the total number, no more, they weren't selling at-door tickets, and they didn't give away tickets to the press for free.[28] They also gave attendees discounted hotel bookings.[30]


One: July 31, 4:00 PM PDT and 7:00 EDT. (Sold out within 3 seconds)[31]

Two: August 2, 7:00 AM PDT and 10:00 EDT.

Three: August 3, 12:00 PM PDT and 3:00 EDT.

Cape[edit | edit source]

On September 5, Mojang posted that attendees who went to MineCon would receive a 2013 MineCon cape.[32] Further details regarding the capes were stated to be "released at a later date."

On October 29, Mojang stated that capes were sent as a redemption URL to the email address registered when the ticket was purchased. The capes were sent out through email with the message: "A popular part of going to MINECON is that you receive an in-game cape for your character to show everyone online that you were there." "This year's edition comes in jade green with a handsome piston fitted on the center back. Follow the link below and log in to minecraft.net (with your usual credentials) and it will automatically get added to your character." - Lydia Winters[citation needed]

Controversy[edit | edit source]

Mojang and their respective ticket sales group, Eventbrite, received controversy for the system of purchasing tickets this year. The three batches were swiftly sold out (the first within three seconds), and while they were purchased, the text "Pending" showed while the website didn't handle well (Eventbrite). Because of this, many tweets of controversy appeared, mostly under the hashtag "Minecon", and a Change.org petition was made.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Videos can be found here.

2015[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2015 logo
MineCon 2015 Announcement art
MineCon 2015 Artwork

MineCon 2015 was held in London, England at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre from July 4–5.[33]

Announcement[edit | edit source]

On March 30, 2014, it had originally been announced that the next MineCon would take place somewhere in Europe.

LydiaWinters twitter.jpeg [...]It's in Europe this year... but maybe next year ;)
Lydia Winters on the next MineCon[34]

Since Mojang was busy developing the next Minecraft version, 1.8, news updates for the next MineCon were silently on hold.
Official announcements were never heard of until 5 months later, when the predicted date and location was announced on Mojang's site.
It was confirmed that MineCon wouldn't be held in 2014, instead it was moved to Spring 2015, and was held in London.[35]

Mojang revealed on February 2nd the details for MineCon 2015, confirming that MineCon would be held in ExCel London Exhibition and Conference Centre on July 4–5, 2015.[36] They also mentioned that tickets and discounted hotel bookings would be available for sale later in February.

On March 18, 2015 the Minecon Website was updated to contain a countdown till tickets went on sale. The ExCeL London page was also published.

Location[edit | edit source]

ExCeL London
Location of ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre: Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL, United Kingdom[37]
Location within ExCeL London for MineCon 2015 is the North and South Event Halls and the recommended entrance is The West Entrance (Custom House)[38]

Tickets[edit | edit source]

On March 18, 2015, Mojang announced that tickets would be on sale on Friday March 27th and Saturday March 28th, respectively.[39] The tickets were released in two batches[40], each selling 5,000 tickets at £129 ($190 USD) a piece (10,000 tickets in total).[39] Attendees were also given discounted hotel bookings.[41]


One: March 27, 11:00 AM PDT and 2:00 PM EDT. (Sold out within 3 minutes[42])

Two: March 28, 5:00 AM PDT and 8:00 EDT.

Guide[edit | edit source]

In 2015 Minecon had an offical guidebook stated by Dinnerbone.[43]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Videos can be found here.

2016[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 logo

MineCon 2016 was held in Anaheim, California from September 24–25.

Announcement[edit | edit source]

On March 7, 2016, it was announced that MineCon 2016 would take place in Anaheim, California from September 24–25.[44]

Mojang logo.svg Wondering when and where MINECON will be this year? Wonder no more. http://mojang.com/2016/03/minecon-announcement/…
Mojang on Minecon 2016[45]

On April 18, 2016 the Minecon Website was published, displaying countdowns till tickets go on sale. A link to discounted hotel bookings is also available.

On August 12, 2016, it was announced that there would be news about the Pocket Edition API at the convention.[46][47][48]

Location[edit | edit source]

Anaheim Convention Center
Location of Anaheim Convention Center: 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, California[49]
Location within the ACC for MineCon 2016 are Exhibit Halls A and D. The recommended entrance is through Exhibit Hall E, on the lower level.

Tickets[edit | edit source]

On April 18, 2016, Mojang announced that tickets will be on sale on Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th, respectively.[50][51] The tickets were sold in two batches, each selling 6,000 tickets at $160 USD a piece (12,000 tickets in total).[50] Attendees were also given discounted hotel bookings.[52]


One: May 6, 6:00 PM PDT and 9:00 EDT

Two: May 7, 12:00 PM PDT and 3:00 EDT

Videos[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 Announcement[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Day 1[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Day 2[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Opening Ceremony[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Extensions for Minecraft: Our Plans for Plugins and Add-Ons[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Enhancing Vanilla With Command Blocks[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Bringing eSports to School[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Using the Replay Mod with StacyPlays and CrushedPixel[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Cobalt: The First Total Conversion Mod[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Using Minecraft Mods for Teaching[edit | edit source]

The MineCon 2016 Costume Competition[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Staying Safe Online: Top Ten Tips for Parents and Kids[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Stampy VS Squid[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Minecraft Mentors, Support & Resources[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Minecraft in VR[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Crafting a Unique Career with Minecraft[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - The Minecraft 1.11 Change Log[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Student Voice[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - YouTubers vs 4J Studios: Mini Game Showdown![edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Building Blocks of Literacy[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Create a Minecraft Roleplay with StacyPlays[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Building Communities from Bedrock up[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Coming Soon on Minecraft Console Editions[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016: BlockWorks - A Minecraft Studio[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016: Mindcrack - Gaming as a Group[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Making Creative Minecraft Videos[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - How We Use Minecraft to Make Videos[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016: Mindcrack - Charity Powered by Minecraft[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Talking Pocket Edition/Windows 10 with the Developers[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Game Design and Development with Minecraft[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Building your Community through Interactive Live Streaming[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016: Hypixel - Creeper Carts[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Learning to Make Maps in Minecraft[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - (Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Panel)[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Rube Goldberg Machines, Roller Coasters & Mega Contraptions[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016: A casual chat with Jens - lead developer of Minecraft[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Minecraft REALMS: How to easily set up a server and create a thriving community![edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Storytelling Through Minecraft[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - 3D Printing and Minecraft: Making the Virtual Real[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016: Mining the Code - One Mod at a Time[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016: Helping Others Level Up - How Minecraft Makes a Difference in Hospitals[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Stories of Streaming Minecraft LIVE[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Hermitcraft: Growing and Maintaining a Strong Server Community[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Godiva Gaming: Crafting Friendships Online[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016: Feed The Beast - Professional Modpack[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - The Art of Storytelling and Narrative in Minecraft Maps[edit | edit source]

MineCon 2016 - Closing Ceremony[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. a b c http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik6VYNPiLsw
  2. http://notch.tumblr.com/post/1008498266
  3. File:Creeper costume at MineCon2010.jpg
  4. http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/11896-
  5. Herobrine#Future update
  6. http://notch.tumblr.com/post/5388689217
  7. http://mojang.com/2011/10/28/minecon-is-sold-out
  8. http://mojang.com/2011/09/01/minecon-update
  9. http://mojang.com/2011/09/27/minecon-speakers-the-yogscast
  10. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20492574
  11. http://mojang.com/2012/11/minecon-live-stream
  12. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpg6WLs8kxGN2l7IeMGmHwidqDcOGyOwH
  13. http://www.mojang.com/2012/07/the-weekly-chunk-creepers-gonna-creep
  14. https://twitter.com/jnkboy/status/255080303666814978
  15. https://twitter.com/mollstam/status/263991548998479872
  16. https://twitter.com/mollstam/status/269141575110639617
  17. https://twitter.com/LydiaWinters/status/320922859411230720
  18. https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/324813956302647296
  19. http://www.reddit.com/r/Minecraft/comments/1dh1b4/i_knew_minecon_2013_was_going_to_be_in_the_us_but/c9qcggb
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  21. https://mojang.com/2013/07/minecon-tickets-are-here/
  22. http://www.occc.net/iEBMS/coe/coe_p1_all.aspx?oc=10&cc=COEexorder
  23. http://www.occc.net/iebms/coe/coe_p1_all.aspx?oc=10&cc=COESMBANNER
  24. http://www.occc.net/iEBMS/wbe/wbe_p1_main.aspx?&oc=10&cc=WBE1034905
  25. a b http://www.occc.net/search_results.asp?q=Minecon
  26. http://www.occc.net/calendar2_detail.asp?ID=34905
  27. http://minecon.eventbrite.com/
  28. a b c https://mojang.com/2013/08/minecon-2013-2/
  29. http://minecon.eventbrite.com/
  30. https://aws.passkey.com/g/20065700
  31. https://twitter.com/vubui/status/362712206640562177
  32. http://help.mojang.com/customer/portal/articles/1246918-minecon-2013 MineCon 2013 support page
  33. http://www.excel-london.co.uk/whats-on/minecon-2015/
  34. https://twitter.com/LydiaWinters/status/450374452383977472
  35. https://mojang.com/2014/08/minecon-2015/
  36. https://mojang.com/2015/02/minecon-2015-announced/
  37. http://minecon2015.eventbrite.co.uk/
  38. http://www.excel-london.co.uk/whats-on/minecon-2015/
  39. a b https://mojang.com/2015/03/minecon-2015-tickets-announcement/
  40. http://minecon2015.eventbrite.co.uk/
  41. http://www.corporateteam.com/eventsv2/Evnt_Home.aspx?evnt=2110ME
  42. https://twitter.com/missmarzenia/status/581518101499514881
  43. https://twitter.com/Dinnerbone/status/616268446150606848
  44. MineCon 2016 Announcement
  45. “Wondering when and where MINECON will be this year? Wonder no more. http://mojang.com/2016/03/minecon-announcement/…” – @mojang, March 7, 2016
  46. “There will be news about the API at Minecon. I'll talk about the things I'm working on and what our plans are. But no more details for now.” – @SeargeDP, August 12, 2016
  47. [email protected] the MCPE on, would be nice to say that too.” – @_grum, August 13, 2016
  48. “*one” – /u/grum, August 13, 2016
  49. http://www.anaheim.net/1117/Anaheim-Convention-Center-Arena
  50. a b http://mojang.com/2016/04/minecon-2016-tickets/
  51. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minecon-2016-tickets-25082871544
  52. https://registration.experientevent.com/ShowMCO161/Flow/ATTENDEE#/registrant//Dashboard/