Markus Persson, also known as Notch, the creator of the immensely popular PC sandbox game Minecraft, is considering hosting this year's MinecraftCon in Vegas on 11/11/11, which is the same day the popular game is slated to officially launch. Hosted by Mojang, the company formed from the proceeds of the game, the event would include contests (costume, speed building, and so on), Q&A sessions, parties, and awesome food, according to Notch. It would also be a great opportunity to both celebrate the release and to meet other fans.
To gauge interest, Notch has put up a poll on his blog, asking Minecraft users the following question: Would you pay 90 dollars for a MinecraftCon 2011 in Las Vegas? (hotel room and travel cost not included). He does say that his team may be able to get some deal with a hotel, but doesn't guarantee it.
Right now, the largest group is voting no, and the second largest is undecided. Still, at the time of writing, over 20 percent said they were interested, which translates to thousands of individuals.
Minecraft was originally released (now referred to as the classic version) on May 17, 2009. It entered Indev status on December 23, 2009, Infdev status on February 27, 2010, alpha status on June 28, 2010, and finally beta status on December 20, 2010. When Minecraft leaves beta status on November 11, 2011, it will be available for €20.00 (about $29.00); right now the beta goes for €14.95 (about $22.00). Release dates for Android and iOS versions are to be announced this year.
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