MINECON (initially referred to as MinecraftCon, and sometimes capitalized as MineCon) 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, USA and celebrated the release of Minecraft 1.0. MINECON 2012 was held in Disneyland Paris from November 24 - 25th. MINECON 2013 was held in Orlando, Florida, USA from November 2–3. MINECON 2014 was canceled, but planned to be held in Europe. MINECON 2015 was held in London, England from July 4–5. MINECON 2016 was held in Anaheim, California, USA from September 24-25.
In 2017, MINECON was rebranded to MINECON Earth. MINECON Earth 2017 and 2018 are both online livestreams. The official MINECON website is available at https://minecraft.net/minecon/.
MINECON 2011 was held at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on November 18, 2011, coinciding with the official release of the game. It was located in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Nevada, USA. Tickets went on sale on August 11, 2011. Attendees received an exclusive MINECON 2011 cape.
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.
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. As with the previous year, attendees of MINECON 2012 received an exclusive cape.
MINECON 2013 was held in Orlando, Florida, USA from November 2–3.
Mojang revealed on June 27 that MINECON 2013 would be held in Orlando, Florida from November 2–3. After a lot of mystery, it was officially confirmed by Mojang that MINECON 2013 would be hosted in the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). 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, each of those batches selling 2,500 tickets and at $150 a piece (7,500 tickets in total). On September 5, Mojang posted that attendees who went to MINECON would receive a 2013 MINECON cape.
MINECON 2015 was held in London, England at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre from July 4–5. On March 30, 2014, it had originally been announced that the next MINECON would take place somewhere in Europe. It was later confirmed that MINECON was unable to be held in 2014, instead it had to be moved to Spring 2015, and was held in London. On March 18, 2015, Mojang announced that tickets would be on sale on Friday March 27th and Saturday March 28th, respectively. The tickets were released in two batches.
On March 7, 2016, it was announced that MINECON 2016 would take place in Anaheim, California, USA from September 24–25. On April 18, 2016, Mojang announced that tickets will be on sale on Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th, respectively.
On August 8, 2017, Mojang announced that MINECON will be taking the form of an interactive 90-minute livestream on November 18, 2017, dubbed MINECON Earth. Tickets were free to the event, and attendees were able to purchase MINECON-branded merchandise online to be delivered to their place of residence. After this announcement came the introduction of 'Official Community Events', which allow events such as Minefaire, Minevention and Multiplay's BlockFest to be considered 'Official Minecraft Conventions'. At MineCon Earth, 1.13 "Update Aquatic" was announced and some of its features showcased.
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- MINECON 2013 support page
- MINECON 2016 Announcement - YouTube
- "Announcing... MINECON Earth" – Minecraft.net, August 8, 2017
- "MINECON Earth 2018: save the date!" – Minecraft.net, April 10, 2018