MinecraftCon 2010 was a gathering of more than 50 people at Bellevue, Washington on August 31. Notch made the meetup when several requests were made for a community meetup, so he called on the community to pick no specific venue. This was not technically a convention, but some count it as the first Minecraft convention.
5,000 people attended the first MineCon convention held at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, in 2011. The convention focused on celebrating the launch of the game and hosted Minecraft-related discussion panels and invited people to play the game with others while at the convention. Tickets cost $99. There were keynote speeches from members of the community, building contests, costume contests and exhibits. One of the many events at MineCon was the Nether Party, an event for those aged 21 and over, featuring deadmau5.
On August 2, 2012, the developer Mojang announced that the 2012 MineCon convention would take place in the Paris Disneyland Park on November 24 and 25. The announcement was made over the social networking platform Twitter when the game's creator, Markus "Notch" Persson, posted a short trailer revealing the new convention location. The video shows Mojang team members wearing Disney paraphernalia, and Persson comments to lead developer Jens Bergensten, "I think they are trying to tell us something". Joystiq's JC Fletcher said that the site was a "step up" from the first MineCon's location in Las Vegas. The second annual convention was the first held outside of the United States, making it available to European fans who might not have been able to attend the first. It was held in the wake of Minecraft's growing popularity as the Xbox 360 version of the game sold 3 million copies. 2012 was also the start of several ingame unofficial MineCons, notably Virtual Minecon, which although an unofficial event, was attended by a member of the Mojang Team. Many ingame MineCons have announced an intent to return with the start of the next MineCon.
4,500 fans attended the convention in 2012. Mojang made several announcements at the 2012 convention. Details about the 1.5 "Redstone" update were revealed as well as information on the game's modding API. The Redstone update was planned for release in early March 2013 and included new features added to the redstone ore in the game. Minecraft 1.5 has released hoppers, droppers, and more.
In April 2013, Lydia Winters revealed that MineCon 2013 would be held in the United States. Jens Bergensten later said that it would be on the east coast. On June 27, it was announced on Mojang's YouTube Channel that MineCon 2013 will be held in Orlando, Florida. The website for the Orange County Convention Center had listed MineCon as an upcoming event in November, with an attendance of 7,500, but then removed the event from the web page. Tickets went on sale in three batches each of 2,500 tickets on July 31, August 2, and August 3. The first batch of 2,500 tickets sold out in three seconds according to Mojang COO Vu Bui. The event took place November 2-3.
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On August 21, 2014 Vi Bui, Mojang's COO, posted up on Mojang.com saying that Minecon 2015 will be held in London, England sometime in the spring of 2015. On February 2, 2015 Vi Bui posted on the Mojang website that MINECON 2015 will be held in London, England at the London ExCeL Convention Center from July 4th to July 5th 2015. On March 18, 2015 Vi Bui posted on the Mojang website that tickets would go on sale on March 27th & 28th. During the opening ceremony on July 4th, Guinness World Records awarded MINECON/Mojang AB with a plaque for making the record for selling the most tickets for a convention about a single game.
Mojang announced On March 7th, 2016 in a blog post that Minecon 2016 would be held in Anaheim, California, at the Anaheim Convention Center on 24 and 25 September 2016. On April 18th, 2016, Vu Bui posted that tickets were $160 per person, going up online May 6th & 7th. Mojnag received another award, as they sold 12,000 tickets. Tickets which sold out within seconds of going on sale. They announced new features during that time, such as the Minecraft novel, Minecraft: The Island, and an update coming to the console versions of the game.
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