Minecraft: The Story of Mojang premieres on Xbox Live Saturday

One of the biggest and most unlikely successes in the game industry in the past few years has been the rise of Minecraft. The sandbox game, created by Markus "Notch" Persson, slowly began to generate a following on the PC after it was launched in "alpha" form in 2009 and then saw its sales explode in late 2010. Later, ports were made for the Xbox 360, iOS and Android platforms. So far, Minecraft has sold a whopping 17 million total copies.

A documentary film team, 2 Player Productions, followed Notch around as he tried to form a new indie game studio, Mojang, in 2011. On Saturday, their film Minecraft: The Story of Mojang will get its world premiere on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console.

The Major Nelson website reports that the premiere will stream for free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers in the US and many European countries. European users can watch the film at 7 PM GMT while the US will get to see the movie at 8 pm ET. The premiere will be a one time showing on Xbox Live and it will not be made available for on demand viewing for Xbox Live members afterwards. However, 2 Player Productions will sell a DVD of the movie on Sunday as well as a DRM-free download or streaming rental on the same day.

Source: Major Nelson

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Funny how the content and technology industry, which both depend on copyright and protection (patenting) of original ideas both idealize and idolize people who got rich on ripping of original ideas of others and taking advantage of the real geniuses, who all go uncredited. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Markus Persson.... and the list goes on.

Minecraft has sold 17 million copies but that will now stop because Windows 8 has basically broken Minecraft so that it will no longer install due to its walled garden in the Store. Microsoft should remove Windows 8 so that Minecraft can continue to sell copies on PC.

ingramator said,
Windows 8 has basically broken Minecraft so that it will no longer install due to its walled garden in the Store.

Guess my install of Windows 8 didn't get that memo, Minecraft installed and runs just fine here without bumping into any garden walls.

ingramator said,
Minecraft has sold 17 million copies but that will now stop because Windows 8 has basically broken Minecraft so that it will no longer install due to its walled garden in the Store. Microsoft should remove Windows 8 so that Minecraft can continue to sell copies on PC.

How is it broken exactly? Works fine for me.

Ninja Grinch said,

How is it broken exactly? Works fine for me.


Just ignore him. He's just a clueless troll.

MS offered to help Mojang get the game on the store but he got his panties in a bunch just like Gabe.

"Minecraft has sold 17 million copies but that will now stop because Windows 8 has basically broken Minecraft so that it will no longer install due to its walled garden in the Store. Microsoft should remove Windows 8 so that Minecraft can continue to sell copies on PC."

No, Minecraft works just fine on Windows 8.

Yeah... because you can't download MineCraft on Windows 8 like you normally do on previous windows. By downloading it from their website.