Mojang, the company behind indie gaming mega-hit MineCraft
, has announced plans to hold a convention dubbed "MineCon" November 18 to 19 in Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay hotel and casino.
The event will coincide with the planned full-version launch of the game, which has already attracted nearly 3 million paid purchases and well over $33 million in revenue
since the alpha version launched last year.
"For me, MineCon is about celebrating the full release of Minecraft
," Mojang founder Markus "Notch" Persson told PC Gamer via e-mail
. "I'm really looking forward to getting up on stage and pushing the button to upload the final build."
Mojang founder Markus "Notch" Persson first publicly floated the idea of such a conference
back in May, asking visitors to his blog if they would pay "about $90 per person," plus travel and accommodations, to attend a conference including in-game and real world contests, Q&A sessions and parties.
Nearly 43,000 respondents said they would "definitely" attend such a conference, with another 65,000 putting themselves down as "maybe"s. For context, roughly 28,000 people paid $150 each to attend last year's largest-ever Blizzcon event.
Registration for the conference will open next week, according to Persson, with full details to be announced via his Twitter account