Timeline of events

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This page's purpose is to retrace the history of all events related to Minecraft, Mojang and its employees in a less targeted manner than the different version history pages.

Births of Mojang employees & staff[edit]

1972
1973
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
  • November 9 – Birth of ez.
1985
1986
1987
1988
1991

2009[edit]

April[edit]

  • 29Infiniminer is released, a game by Zachtronics Industries (creators of the critically acclaimed 2011 puzzle game SpaceChem), whose concept mainly inspired Notch for Minecraft.[1] It was regularly updated and became open-source less than a month later.[2]

May – Birth of Minecraft[edit]

June[edit]

August[edit]

  • 4Java: First elements of Survival shown.
  • 18Java: Introduction of Health shown.

October[edit]

December[edit]

2010[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 4First release of Survival Multiplayer (Alpha v1.0.15).
  • 20Java: Seecret Friday Update 8 (Alpha 1.0.17) released. Fences introduced.
  • 30 – Notch, JahKob and Carl Manneh get on an employment trip to Washington D.C. offered by VALVe Corporation.[16]
  • 30 – Original Herobrine creepypasta is created.
  • 31Minecraftcon, a spontaneous gathering of over 50 fans after a call by Notch, is held in Bellevue, Washington.[17]

September[edit]

October[edit]

December[edit]

2011[edit]

4 snapshots were released in 2011.

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • 2Scrolls, Mojang's second game, is announced on The Word of Notch.[25]
  • 4 – "Minecraft - Volume Alpha", the soundtrack of the game by C418, is released.
  • 31Java: Beta 1.4 released.

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • 1Minecraft passes 10 million registered users.[27]
  • 30Minecraft T-shirts are made available on Battlefield Heroes for the 30-31 of July week-end only as a form of "neighborly friendly cross-promotion" between DICE and Mojang.[28]

August[edit]

  • 5 – Notch receives a 15-page letter from Bethesda Softworks, threatening him with a lawsuit if he doesn't change the name "Scrolls" (which is too close to "The Elder Scrolls", according to Bethesda) for his next game. A little while before this, Notch had already been warned by Bethesda's lawyers about this problem, and had suggested a compromise in which he would never put any word before "Scrolls".[29]
  • 8Henrik "Carnalizer" Pettersson joins the Mojang team.[30]
  • 14 – Marriage of Ez & Notch, an extra copy is offered to all people who purchase Minecraft on the 13th and 14th of August.[31]
  • 16Minecraft: Pocket Edition Alpha 0.1.0 officially released (Xperia PLAY only).

September[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

2012[edit]

46 snapshots were released in 2012.

January[edit]

  • 12Java: 1.1 released.
  • 18 – As part of the worldwide protest against SOPA, Mojang establishes a blackout on all their sites for the entire day.[34]
  • 24 – LEGO announces that the LEGO Minecraft project has passed the 10,000 required votes.[35]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • 1Java: 1.2.1 released (1.2 was skipped for practical purposes).
  • 12 – The "Elder Scrolls vs. Scrolls" lawsuit has an outcome: Mojang can call their game "Scrolls", but no sequel using this name will be allowed.[37]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • 1 – "Micro World", the first LEGO Minecraft set, is released (coincidentally with Notch's birthday) and available on the LEGO online shop.[38]

July[edit]

  • 13Legacy Console: Xbox TU3 released.
  • 16Legacy Console: Skin Pack 1 released. It includes 45 skins inspired by Minecraft, "Halo", "Fable" and "Gears of War" amongst others as well as new skin designs.
  • 18Legacy Console: The Summer Of Arcade Promotional Skin Pack was made available through August 22, 2012. It included 15 skins inspired by various arcade games such as "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" and "Deadlight".

August[edit]

  • 1Java: 1.3.1 released (1.3 was skipped for practical purposes).
  • 2MINECON 2012 is officially announced on a promotional video to be in Disneyland Paris on November 24–25.
  • 15 – Notch and Ez divorce.[39][40]
  • 24Legacy Console: Skin Pack 2 released. It includes 45 skins inspired by Minecraft, "Left 4 Dead", "Perfect Dark" and "Gears of War" amongst others as well as new skin designs.

September[edit]

  • 6PE: Alpha 0.4.0 released for both iOS & Android.

October[edit]

  • 16Legacy Console: TU5 released.
  • 17Legacy Console: Skin Pack 3 released. It includes 45 skins inspired by Minecraft, "Half-Life", "Portal" and "Left 4 Dead" amongst others as well as new skin designs.
  • 24 – Mojang starts the Minecraft Bug Tracker, an online tool that simplifies the communication of found game issues between the players and the developers.
  • 25Java: 1.4.2 "Pretty Scary Update" released (1.4 & 1.4.1 were skipped for practical purposes).
  • 26Legacy Console: Halloween Skin Pack was made available through November 26, 2012. It included 55 Halloween-themed skins, including 7 with capes.

November[edit]

  • 6Minecraft gift cards are available in physical stores in the US.[41] This is the first time Minecraft can be bought without a credit card.
  • 15PE: Alpha 0.5.0 released for both iOS & Android.
  • 24MINECON 2012 is held at Disneyland Paris, France.
  • 25 – Second day of MINECON 2012. MINECON 2012 capes released. 1.5, also known as "The Redstone Update" is announced.

December[edit]

2013[edit]

57 snapshots were released in 2013.

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 6 – More MINECON 2013 details were announced.
  • 20Minecraft was announced for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.[44][45] The PS4 edition will be released on the same day the PS4 gets released for North America (November 15),[46] and Europe, Australia, and Latin America (November 29).
  • 23Legacy Console: TU12 released.

September[edit]

  • 2Minecraft for Java surpasses 12 million sales.
  • 4Legacy Console: Mass Effect Mash-up Pack released.[47]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • 2–3MINECON 2013 is held at Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
  • 18Ryan "TheMogMiner" Holtz starts at Mojang as developer for the Java edition.
  • 20Legacy Console: Skyrim Mash-up Pack released.[50]

December[edit]

2014[edit]

52 snapshots were released in 2014.

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • 26Java: 1.7.5 is released.
  • 27Realms is launched in Nordic countries.

March[edit]

  • 26Legacy Console: TU14 is released.
  • 27PS3: 1.04 is released along with Skin Packs 1, the Battle & Beasts skin pack as well as the City and Plastic texture packs all released as available DLC.

April[edit]

  • 1Java: Villagers have taken over Minecraft and Skins cannot be changed throughout the day.
  • 1Minecraft Realms is launched in Canada.
  • 2Minecraft: Pocket Edition released for the Amazon Fire TV.
  • 11Java: 1.7.8 is released.
  • 14Java: 1.7.9 is released.
  • 24Realms is launched in the United States.

May[edit]

  • 6Realms is launched in more countries in Asia and Europe.
  • 9Realms is launched in the Oceania region.
  • 19Realms is launched globally in all remaining countries.

June[edit]

  • 26Java: 1.7.10 is released.[52]

July[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

2015[edit]

49 snapshots were released in 2015.

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • 14Legacy Console: Minecraft CU13 released on Xbox One Edition.
  • 22Java: Minecraft 1.8.5 is released.
  • 25Java: Minecraft 1.8.6 is released.
  • 30–31Mojang gives away 12,000 2-week Realms trials.

June[edit]

  • 4PE: Minecraft Alpha 0.11.0 released for the Pocket Edition.
  • 5Java: Minecraft 1.8.7 is released.
  • 15 – First demonstration of Minecraft for Microsoft HoloLens at E3 2015 press conference.
  • 30 – Minecraft for Java surpasses 20 million sales.

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

  • 11PE: Minecraft Pocket Edition Alpha 0.12.2 released for Android, Fire OS, Windows Phone and Windows 10.
  • 13Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC/Mac.
  • 14PE: Minecraft Pocket Edition Alpha 0.12.2 released for iOS.
  • 14Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone released for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • 15Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 1: The Order of the Stone released for iOS, Android and Fire OS.
  • 22PE: Minecraft Pocket Edition Alpha 0.12.3 released for Android.
  • 22Minecraft is nominated for a BAFTA Children's Award in the Game category.
  • 23PE: Minecraft Pocket Edition Alpha 0.12.3 released for iOS, Fire OS and Windows 10.
  • 23Legacy Console: Minecraft TU30, CU18 and 1.21 released for all Console Editions, respectively.
  • 27Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 2: Assembly Required released.

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • 7Minecraft announced for the Wii U.
  • 9Java: Minecraft 1.8.9 is released.
  • 14 – Realms price reduced to $10.
  • 16PE: Minecraft Pocket Edition Alpha 0.13.1 released.
  • 17Legacy Console: Minecraft: Wii U Edition officially released.
  • 18Legacy Console: Minecraft TU31, CU19 and 1.22 released for Xbox 360, Xbox One and Playstation Console Editions, respectively.
  • 22 – Minecraft: Story Mode - Episode 4: A Block and a Hard Place released across all other platforms.

2016[edit]

29 snapshots were released in 2016.

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 3Agnes "LadyAgnes" Larsson joins Mojang as a developer for the Java edition.
  • 10Java: The first 1.11 snapshot (16w32a) is released.
  • 30–31Legacy Console: Minecraft TU41CU301.33 and Patch 11 released on all Console Editions, respectively, adding a Tumble Mini Game mode.

September[edit]

October[edit]

  • 3Maria Lemón joins Mojang as a developer for the Java edition.
  • 4–5Legacy Console: Minecraft TU43, CU33, 1.36 and Patch 13 ("Banners, Blocks, Beets & Bears" update) released on all Console Editions, respectively.
  • 17Mariana "RazzleberryFox" Graham, known to the community for her work on the DecoCraft mod, joins Mojang as Animator, Modeler and Texture Artist.
  • 21PE: Minecraft: Pocket Edition Alpha 0.16.0 "Boss Update" released.
  • 25Java: A new Minecraft launcher, under development by Nathan Adams and Måns Olson, enters public beta testing.
  • 27 – Apple CEO Tim Cook announced an edition of Minecraft for the Apple TV, featuring cross-play between that platform and iOS devices, to be released by the end of year 2016.

November[edit]

December[edit]

2017[edit]

23 snapshots were released in 2017.

January[edit]

  • 8Java: The first 1.12 snapshot (17w06a) is released.
  • 13Minecraft announced for the Nintendo Switch.
  • 18Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows Phone is no longer supported. There will no longer be any updates.

February[edit]

  • 2Minecraft: Story Mode is nominated a Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Video Game, for the second year in a row.
  • 22Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows 10 Mobile received an update to version 1.0.3. Only Windows Phone is not supported.

March[edit]

  • 28-29Legacy Console: Minecraft TU51CU411.44 and Patch 20 released on all Console Editions, respectively, adding a Glide Mini Game mode.

April[edit]

  • 7PC: Closed beta for Chinese version of Minecraft announced in Beijing.
  • 10 – Official Minecraft Marketplace announced for Pocket and Windows 10 Edition, a feature for players to buy community-made content directly in-game, to be added along with the Minecraft: Pocket Edition Discovery Update.

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 8PC: Open beta for Chinese version of Minecraft was released.
  • 8Mojang announces MINECON Earth, an interactive live show that can be accessed by anyone for free, and "Official Community Events", smaller MINECON-like events that take place in various regions.
  • 15-17Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two: Episode 2 - Giant Consequences released.
  • 22Minecraft: Story Mode released on the Nintendo Switch.

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

2018[edit]

36 snapshots have been released in 2018 as of October 20.

January[edit]

  • 19 – Minecraft hits 74 million active players and 144 million total sales.[59]
  • 24 – Mojang announces that the features of 1.13 will be merged with what was originally planned to be 1.14, and released at a later date as one update: Update Aquatic.[60]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • 10MINECON Earth 2018's date is announced for September 29th, 2018.[62]
  • 14 – The Coral Crafters regrowth project is announced.[63]
  • 26 – Mojang announces the co-hosts of MINECON Earth 2018.[64]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 28Bedrock: 1.6 released.

September[edit]

October[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Infiniminer released: http://thesiteformerlyknownas.zachtronicsindustries.com/?p=713
  2. Infiniminer is now open-source: http://thesiteformerlyknownas.zachtronicsindustries.com/?p=689
  3. "Minecraft: Order of the Stone": http://notch.tumblr.com/post/107676487/minecraft-order-of-the-stone
  4. Early private singleplayer alpha coming very soon: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/108652448/early-private-singleplayer-alpha-coming-very-soon
  5. Name shortened to "Minecraft": http://notch.tumblr.com/post/109140423/yeah-thats-the-logo-amazing-stuff
  6. Accounts introduced: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/110745397/you-can-register-your-accounts-now
  7. Official Minecraft Forum: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/112349891/theres-an-official-forum-now
  8. Notch's new job at Jalbum: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/113753678/turning-30-is-scary
  9. Password change allowed: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/208358495/password-changing-and-password-reset
  10. Dock becomes the Minecraft Artist: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/295397619/the-minecraft-artist-is-dock
  11. 100,000 registered Minecraft users: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/332073543/100-000-registered-users
  12. Minecraft can be gifted: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/345869954/as-per-demand-you-can-now-gift-the-game
  13. Dock is no longer involved with the project: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/372279446/dock-is-no-longer-involved-with-the-project
  14. 20000! Wow. :) http://notch.tumblr.com/post/709098848/20000-wow
  15. First over-the-internet test of SMP: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/846133399/first-over-the-internet-test-of-survival-mode
  16. 4-days trip in the US: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/977394407/lots-of-stuff-going-on-behind-the-scenes
  17. Minecraftcon in Bellevue: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/1008498266/how-about-a-somewhat-spontaneous-minecraftcon-2010-in
  18. Kappische joins the team: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/1114516935/three-man-strong
  19. Classic is back: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/1172759051/sound-music-and-classic
  20. Happy birthday Mojang: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/11518566613/happy-birthday-us
  21. Jeb and Junkboy join the team: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/2060360123/bug-update-4-and-were-six-people-in-the-office-now
  22. Introduction of Gift Codes: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/2337459192/websites-and-gift-codes
  23. Mollstam and Manneh join the team: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/2582321901/2011-here-we-go
  24. 1 million copies sold: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/2718210316/exclamation-mark
  25. Scrolls announced: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/3597302583/ah-i-forgot
  26. Pocket Edition revealed: http://www.mojang.com/2011/05/minecraft-pocket-edition/
  27. 10 million registered Minecraft users: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/7128013309/10m
  28. Minecraft T-Shirts on BF:Hereos: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/8253302905/you-can-get-minecraft-themed-t-shirts-in-bf-heroes-this
  29. 15-page letter from Bethesda's lawyers: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/8519901309/bethesda-are-suing-us-heres-the-full-story
  30. New addition to the Mojang team: Welcome graphical artist @carnalizer!@carlmanneh, Aug 8, 2011
  31. Minecraft wedding weekend offer: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/8829997577/wedding-weekend
  32. Jeb becomes Minecraft lead developer: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/13633493969/och-med-dom-orden-sa-passar-jag-micken
  33. Notch first evokes LEGO Minecraft: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/13825100748/would-you-like-some-physical-lego-minecraft
  34. Decided. We'll silently take down http://minecraft.net and http://mojang.com on the 18th in protest of SOPA.@notch, Jan 18, 2012
  35. LEGO Minecraft passes LEGO review: http://legocuusoo.posterous.com/minecraft-lego-cuusoo-project-passes-lego-rev-54968
  36. LEGO Minecraft design revealed: http://legocuusoo.posterous.com/announcing-lego-minecraft-micro-world-the-thi
  37. Outcome of the Scrolls lawsuit: http://www.joystiq.com/2012/03/12/mojang-cant-use-scrolls-in-any-sequels-to-scrolls-lawsuit/
  38. LEGO Minecraft on LEGO store: http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Minecraft-21102
  39. As of today, I am single. #mixedemotions@notch, Aug 15, 2012
  40. (I don't want to share details publicly, just wanted to make an official statement because I for some reason have a wikipedia page)@notch, Aug 15, 2012
  41. Minecraft Gift Cards now available in the US: http://www.mojang.com/2012/11/minecraft-gift-cards-now-available-in-the-us/
  42. E3 2013: Minecraft Coming to Xbox One: http://ign.com/articles/2013/06/10/e3-2013-minecraft-coming-to-xbox-one
  43. Minecraft - The Horse Update: https://mojang.com/2013/07/minecraft-the-horse-update/
  44. It's happening! Minecraft coming to #PS4 :-)@playstation, Aug 20, 2013. Sony.
  45. PS4, PS3 and Vita@notch, Aug 20, 2013
  46. Gamescom 2013: Minecraft coming to PlayStation 4 at launch: http://www.justpushstart.com/2013/08/gamescom-minecraft-coming-to-playstation-4-at-launch/
  47. http://playxbla.com/minecraft-xbox-360-edition-mass-effect-mash-up-is-here/
  48. http://playxbla.com/its-here-the-plastic-texture-pack-for-minecraft-xbox-360-edition/
  49. http://playxbla.com/give-your-minecraft-world-a-more-natural-look-with-the-natural-texture-pack-on-minecraft-xbox-360-edition/
  50. http://playxbla.com/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-mash-up-coming-to-minecraft-xbox-360-edition/
  51. http://playxbla.com/fantasy-texture-pack-for-minecraft-xbox-360-edition-available-tomorrow-december-11th/
  52. Minecraft 1.7.10 on Thursday: https://mojang.com/2014/06/minecraft-1-7-10-on-thursday/
  53. Minecraft 1.8 - The Bountiful Update: https://mojang.com/2014/09/minecraft-1-8-the-bountiful-update/
  54. Yes, we're being bought by Microsoft: https://mojang.com/2014/09/yes-were-being-bought-by-microsoft/
  55. We have released a new version of Minecraft, 1.8.1: http://mcupdate.tumblr.com/post/103461921734/minecraft-1-8-1
  56. Minecraft 1.8.2 is now available: https://mojang.com/2015/02/minecraft-1-8-2-is-now-available/
  57. We're thrilled to announce Minecraft for the #Rift! Tune in to the #OC2 keynotes: http://ocul.us/twitch: – @oculus, Sep 24, 2015
  58. Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is Coming to Oculus Rift: http://news.xbox.com/2015/09/games-minecraft-windows-10-edition-coming-to-oculus-rift?linkId=17303547
  59. "Minecraft Boss Helen Chiang on Her New Role, Breaking Records, and What's in Store For 2018" by Chelsea Adelaine Hassler. Pop Sugar, January 22, 2018.
  60. "Java Edition Technically Updated" – Minecraft.net, January 24, 2018
  61. "New Book Alert: The Crash" – Minecraft.net, March 15, 2018
  62. "MINECON Earth 2018: save the date!" – Minecraft.net, April 10, 2018
  63. "Help Minecraft Help the Oceans!" – Minecraft.net, April 14, 2018
  64. "MINECON Earth Co-Hosts Revealed!" – Minecraft.net, April 26, 2018
  65. "Update Aquatic Phase One is out Now!" – Minecraft.net, May 16, 2018
  66. "Exclusive: Netflix to bring Minecraft: Story Mode to service - but not traditional games" by Nick Pino. TechRadar, June 13, 2018.
  67. "Better Together on Nintendo Switch!" – Minecraft.net, June 21, 2018
  68. https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/update-aquatic-phase-two-out-today
  69. https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/update-aquatic-out-java
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