MINECRAFT
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2009



April

29 – Infiniminer is released, a game by Zachtronics Industries (creators of the critically acclaimed 2011 puzzle game SpaceChem), whose concept mainly inspired Notch for Minecraft. It was regularly updated and became open-source less than a month later.

May – Birth of Minecraft

10 – Development on "Cave Game" started using RubyDung, an abandoned game project of Notch, and Infiniminer as bases for the code.

13 – Java: First video of "Cave Game", Block placement, first Mobs (Humans), physics created (Cave game tech test).

14 – Java: "Cave Game" renamed to "Minecraft: Order of the Stone" after a suggestion by RinkuHero from The Independent Games Wiki on an IRC with Notch, "Minecraft" being an analogy to the famous real-time strategy game StarCraft (Pre-classic).

16 – Java: Early private testing, among TIGSource members (Classic 0.0.2a-0.0.9a).

17 – First release of the game (Classic 0.0.10a). Game name shortened to simply "Minecraft".

21 – Accounts can now be registered.

24 – An official Minecraft Forum is opened.

June

1 – Java: First Multiplayer test (Classic 0.0.15a (Multiplayer Test 1)). Notch starts his new job at Jalbum.

8 – Java: Multiplayer released (Classic 0.0.16a).

14 – Java: Custom Skins released (Classic 0.0.18a).

August

4 – Java: First elements of Survival shown.

18 – Java: Introduction of Health shown.

October

9 – Passwords can now be changed.

20 – Beginning of SURVIVAL TEST (Classic 0.26 SURVIVAL TEST), even though the first released version of Survival Test was Classic 0.24_SURVIVAL_TEST.

December

22 – Hayden Scott-Baron becomes the Minecraft Artist.

23 – Minecraft for Java passes to Indev development stage (Indev 0.31 (December 23, 2009, 1)) (which requires a 5.00 € Premium Account to be accessed), introduction of Torches and dynamic lighting.


2010



January

13 – Java: Introduction of infinite Water (Indev 0.31-20100113). Minecraft passes 100,000 registered users.

21 – Minecraft can now be gifted to non-premium players.

29 – Java: Introduction of the Crafting system (Indev 0.31-20100129).

Febuary

5 – Hayden Scott-Baron leaves Minecraft development.
27 – Minecraft for Java passes to Infdev development stage, introduction of infinite maps.

June

1 – Notch gets back to work 100% on Minecraft after a pause after having left his job at Jalbum a few weeks before.
17 – Minecraft passes 20,000 sales.
18 – Java: Seecret Friday Update 1 released. Minecart system introduced.
25 – Java: Seecret Friday Update 2 released. Dungeons introduced.
30 – Minecraft for Java passes to Alpha development stage (Java Edition Alpha v1.0.0), price raised from 5.00 € to 10.00 €, it is now possible to play on a client window.

July

3 – Java: Seecret Friday Update 3 (Alpha v1.0.1) released. Redstone introduced.
9 – Java: Seecret Friday Update 4 (Alpha v1.0.4) released. Winter Mode introduced.
16 – Java: Seecret Friday Update 5 (Alpha v1.0.6) released. Boats and large trees introduced.
22 – Java: First over-the-internet test of Survival Mode Multiplayer.
23 – Java: Seecret Friday Update 6 (Alpha v1.0.11) released. Bricks and Slimes introduced.
30 – Java: Seecret Friday Update 7 (Alpha v1.0.14) released. Chickens and Music Discs introduced.

August

4 – First release of Survival Multiplayer (Java Edition Alpha v1.0.15).
20 – Java: Seecret Friday Update 8 (Java Edition Alpha v1.0.17) released. Fences introduced.
30 – Notch gets on an employment trip to Bellevue, Washington, offered by VALVe Corporation.
30 – Original Herobrine creepypasta is created.
31 – Minecraftcon, a spontaneous gathering of over 50 fans after a call by Notch, is held in Bellevue, Washington.

September

2 – Notch returns from the trip to the U.S.
10 – Java: Seecret Friday update 9 (Java Edition Alpha v1.1.0) released. Compasses introduced.
13 – Daniel "Kappische" Kaplan joins the Mojang team.
18 – Java: The tenth Seecret Saturday update (Java Edition Alpha v1.1.1) released. Sneaking introduced. Minecraft technically becomes free-to-play for the weekend, due to the login server not working correctly.
23 – Minecraft Classic is available again on Minecraft.net.

October

16 – Mojang AB is founded.
30 – Java: Java Edition Alpha v1.2.0 "Halloween Update" released. Nether introduced.

December

1 – Jens "Jeb" Bergensten and "Junkboy" join the Mojang team.
16 – Gift system revised: the process now uses Gift Codes.
20 – Minecraft for Java passes to Beta development stage (Java Edition Beta 1.0), price raised from 10.00 € to 15.00 €.
22 – Java: Java Edition Beta 1.1 released.


2011



January

3 – Tobias Möllstam and Carl Manneh join the Mojang team.
12 – Minecraft surpasses 1 million sales.
13 – Java: Beta 1.2 released.

Febuary

21 – Java: Client/Launcher Update. Updates are now manually triggered.
22 – Java: Beta 1.3 released.

March

2 – Scrolls, Mojang's second game, is announced on The Word of Notch.
4Minecraft - Volume Alpha, the soundtrack of the game by C418, is released.
31 – Java: Beta 1.4 released.

April

19 – Java: Beta 1.5 released.

May

25 – Kappische reveals Minecraft: Pocket Edition on Mojang's site.
26 – Java: Beta 1.6 released.

June

1 – Minecraft: Pocket Edition is first shown on a Youtube video
6 – Microsoft reveal Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition at the E3 conference.
30 – Java: Beta 1.7 "Piston Update" released.

July

1 – Minecraft passes 10 million registered users
30 – Minecraft T-shirts are made available on Battlefield Heroes for the 30-31 of July week-end only as a form of "neighborly friendly cross-promotion" between DICE and Mojang.

August

5 – Notch receives a 15-page letter from Bethesda Softworks, threatening him with a lawsuit if he does not change the name "Scrolls" (which is too close to "The Elder Scrolls", according to Bethesda) for his next game. A little while before this, Notch had already been warned by Bethesda's lawyers about this problem, and had suggested a compromise in which he would never put any word before "Scrolls".
8 – Henrik "Carnalizer" Pettersson joins the Mojang team.
14 – Marriage of Ez & Notch, an extra copy is offered to all people who purchase Minecraft on the 13th and 14th of August.
16 – Minecraft: Pocket Edition v0.1.0 officially released (Xperia PLAY only).

September

14 – Java: Beta 1.8 "Adventure Update" released.

November

13 – Java: "Sound Update" released.
17 – PE: First iOS release (v0.1.2).
18 – MINECON 2011 is held at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 4,500 people from 24 countries attend to it. On the same day, Minecraft 1.0.0 for Java Edition is officially released; the price is now €20.00.
24 – First snapshot released (11w47a). This marks the beginning of semi-weekly development versions.

December

1 – Jeb becomes the lead developer on Minecraft.
6 – Notch first evokes the possibility of Minecraft-themed LEGO sets as part of the LEGO CUUSOO project.
28 – Jon Kågström is hired by Mojang.


2012



January

12 – Java: Java Edition 1.1 released.
18 – As part of the worldwide protest against SOPA, Mojang establishes a blackout on all their sites for the entire day.
24 – LEGO announces that the LEGO Minecraft project has passed the 10,000 required votes.

Febuary

11 – PE: v0.2.0 released for Android.
15 – LEGO reveals the final design of the first LEGO Minecraft set.
17 – PE: Alpha 0.2.0 released for iOS.
18 – "Catacomb Snatch", a game developed by Mojang in the span of a weekend as part of a charity project, is released.
28 – The Bukkit team (composed of Nathan "Dinnerbone" Adams, Warren "EvilSeph" Loo, Erik "Grum" Broes & Nathan "Tahg" Gilbert) officially joins Mojang in order to further develop the Minecraft server software and to aid with the creation of modding APIs.

March

1 – Java: Java Edition 1.2.1 released (1.2 was skipped for practical purposes).
12 – The "Elder Scrolls vs. Scrolls" lawsuit has an outcome: Mojang can call their game "Scrolls", but no sequel using this name will be allowed.

April

4 – Java: Java Edition 1.2.5 released
23 – PE: v0.3.0 released for iOS.
24 – PE: v0.3.0 released for Android.

May

9 – Xbox 360 Edition TU1 officially released.

June

1 – "Micro World", the first LEGO Minecraft set, is released (coincidentally with Notch's birthday) and available on the LEGO online shop.

July

13 – Legacy Console: Xbox 360 Edition TU3 released.
16 – Legacy Console: Skin Pack 1 released. It includes 45 skins inspired by Minecraft, "Halo", "Fable" and "Gears of War" among others as well as new skin designs.
18 – Legacy Console: The Summer Of Arcade Promotional Skin Pack was made available through August 22, 2012. It included 15 skins inspired by various arcade games such as "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" and "Deadlight".

August

1 – Java: Java Edition 1.3.1 released (1.3 was skipped for practical purposes).
2 – MINECON 2012 is officially announced on a promotional video to be in Disneyland Paris on November 24–25.
24 – Legacy Console: Skin Pack 2 released. It includes 45 skins inspired by Minecraft, "Left 4 Dead", "Perfect Dark" and "Gears of War" among others as well as new skin designs.

September

6 – PE: v0.4.0 released for both iOS & Android.

October

16 – Legacy Console: TU5 released. 17 – Legacy Console: Skin Pack 3 released. It includes 45 skins inspired by Minecraft, "Half-Life", "Portal" and "Left 4 Dead" among others as well as new skin designs.
24 – Mojang starts the Minecraft Bug Tracker, an online tool that simplifies the communication of found game issues between the players and the developers.
25 – Java: Java Edition 1.4.2 "Pretty Scary Update" released (1.4 & 1.4.1 were skipped for practical purposes).
26 – Legacy Console: Halloween Skin Pack was made available through November 26, 2012. It included 55 Halloween-themed skins, including 7 with capes.

November

6 – Minecraft gift cards are available in physical stores in the US.[41] This is the first time Minecraft can be bought without a credit card.
15 – PE: v0.5.0 released for both iOS & Android.
24 – MINECON 2012 is held at Disneyland Paris, France.
25 – Second day of MINECON 2012. MINECON 2012 capes released. Java Edition 1.5, also known as "The Redstone Update" is announced.

December

19 – Legacy Console: TU7 released. Festive Skin Pack was also made available and includes 24 Christmas-themed skins.
20 – PI: Minecraft: Pi Edition Alpha 0.1 unofficially released.


2013



January

30 – PE: v0.6.0 released.

Febuary

11 – PI: Minecraft: Pi Edition Alpha 0.1.1 officially released.

March

13 – Java: Java Edition 1.5 "Redstone Update" released.
13 – Legacy Console: Skin Pack 4 released. It includes 45 skins, some with capes.

April

1 – Java: Minecraft 2.0 announced as an April Fools joke.
4 – Legacy Console: TU9 released.
5 – Minecraft for Java surpasses 10 million sales.
8 – Aleksandra "MissMarzenia" "Ola" Zając joined Mojang as customer support agent.

May

8 – Legacy Console: Battle & Beasts Skin Pack released. It includes 45 skins.
9 – Legacy Console: Minecraft 1st Birthday Skin Pack was made available through May 31, 2013. It included 23 skins.

June

5 – PE: v0.7.0 released.
10 – Legacy Console: Minecraft: Xbox One Edition is announced during Microsoft's press conference at E3.

July

1 – Java: Java Edition 1.6.1 "Horse Update" released (1.6 was skipped for practical purposes).
31 – MINECON 2013 tickets went on sale.
31 – Legacy Console: Skin Pack 5 released. It includes 45 skins.

August

6 – More MINECON 2013 details were announced.
20 – Minecraft was announced for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. The PS4 edition will be released on the same day the PS4 gets released for North America (November 15), and Europe, Australia, and Latin America (November 29).
23 – Legacy Console: TU12 released.

September

2 – Minecraft for Java surpasses 12 million sales.
4 – Legacy Console: Mass Effect Mash-up Pack released.

October

2 – Legacy Console: Plastic Texture Pack released.
9 – Legacy Console: Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack released. It includes 45 skins.
18 – Legacy Console: Natural Texture Pack released.
25 – Java: Java Edition 1.7.2 "The Update that Changed the World" released (1.7 & 1.7.1 were skipped for practical purposes).

November

2–3 – MINECON 2013 is held at Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida.
18 – Ryan "TheMogMiner" Holtz starts at Mojang as developer for the Java edition.
20 – Legacy Console: Skyrim Mash-up Pack released.

December

11 – Legacy Console: Fantasy Texture Pack released.
12 – PE: v0.8.0 released for both iOS & Android.
13 – Minecraft for Java surpasses 13 million sales.
17 – Legacy Console: Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition 1.0 officially released.
19 – Minecraft Realms Beta was launched.
23 – Legacy Console: Marvel Avengers Skin Pack released. It includes 35 skins.


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