November 18, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada
MINECON 2011 was held at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada on November 18, 2011, coinciding with the official release of the game.
MINECON featured many 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 newborns 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.
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino: 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tickets went on sale on the August 11, 2011, 99 days before the start of the conference on November 18. 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. The price did not include hotel rooms, flights or any other costs involved apart from entry to MINECON. On the date tickets went on sale, Notch gave the opinion on Twitter that "No matter how many tickets we sell, MINECON is going to be a monetary loss for us. But an emotional win! ;D"
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.
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. The cape was given to all attendees on October 10–11.
MINECON 2011 Trailer
MINECON 2011 Opening Ceremony video
MINECON 2011 Keynote
MINECON 2011 Prerelease
MINECON Video Blog Day 1
MINECON 2011 Costume Contest
MINECON 2011 - Behind the Scenes
MINECON 2011 Closing Ceremony video
- "MinecraftCon 2011 in Vegas?" – Notch, May 11, 2011, Tumblr
- "MineCon is sold out" by Owen Jones – Mojang.com, October 28, 2011.
- "No matter how many tickets we sell, MineCon is going to be a monetary loss for us. But an emotional win! ;D" – @notch (Markus Persson) on Twitter, August 11, 2011
- "MineCon update" by Lydia Winters – Mojang.com, September 1, 2011.
- "MineCon speakers: The Yogscast" by Lydia Winters – Mojang.com, September 27, 2011.