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Minecon goes online as ‘Minecon Earth’

Mojang opts for a streaming show instead of a show floor

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

After seven years in six different locations, Minecon is being ditched in favor of a 90-minute online show.

The show, called Minecon Earth, is Nov. 18 and will be free for anyone to view. Minecon had staged six expos over the past seven years (2014’s was canceled) in cities from Las Vegas to London.

"The Minecraft community is still growing, and there’s only a certain number of players we can host while keeping the friendly, intimate community atmosphere that’s made previous Minecons so special," Mojang said in a statement.

The past three Minecons all sold tickets costing more than $100 and usually sold out quickly. Attendance at the past three Minecons was 7,500, 10,000 and 12,000, respectively. Minecons had featured discussion panels, interactive exhibits and an expo floor. The last one was held in Anaheim, California.

Minecons were also known for their costume contests, with the winner declared at a keynote event. That will continue even with the online format, Mojang said. Details on how Minecraft fans may participate are coming soon. The swag bags the con offered will also be available, this time for sale online and delivered by mail. Details on the bags’ cost and what they include will come later, too.