Indie-game monster hit Minecraft enters Beta

Written by Ben Hardwidge

December 22, 2010 | 10:41

Companies: #mojang-productions

Stockholm, Sweden - December 21st, 2010 - Yesterday, Mojang AB, the creators of Minecraft announces their flagship game Minecraft reaching Beta. The much anticipated release marks a major milestone for the game which enters a new phase with less experimenting and more new content to be added.

Minecraft was up until recently developed solely by Markus “Notch” Persson. Released as Alpha in May 2009, the game has attracted more than 2.5 million registered users and 800 000 paying customers. Already during Alpha, Minecraft has received numerous awards including Users choice: Best Indie Game of the Year (Machinima). Averaging at 20,000 new registered users per day, Minecraft is clearly one of the top game successes of 2010.

“During Beta we will focus on stabilising, testing and adding new multi-player features. We will also introduce a new mod-api to make sure to make the most of our fantastic developer community” says creator Markus Persson.

During Beta, Minecraft will be discounted 25% at a cost of €14,95. The final price of Minecraft will be €19,95. Minecraft can be pre-purchased from http://minecraft.net.

About Minecraft
Minecraft is a sandbox building game which allows players to build, construct and craft objects in a cubic world. Users have uploaded more than 300,000 videos to YouTube of creations they have made in the game.

About Mojang
Mojang is a game developer studio in Stockholm, Sweden, currently working on two games. The first one, Minecraft, is available at www.minecraft.net, the second one is yet to be announced. Mojang currently employ six people.

For more information please visit http://www.notch.tumblr.com and follow @notch on twitter.
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