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MineCon sells out; Minecraft close to 4 million copies sold

If you thought that you might still have time to purchase tickets to attend the first official MineCon event in Las Vegas, well .... sorry, folks. The official MineCon web site has posted up word that tickets for the event on November 18-19, dedicated to the hit sandbox game Minecraft, are now officially sold out. The site did not say exactly how many tickets were sold.

A sell out of the event, three weeks beforehand, means that there is a lot of interest from fans in attending the show. The MineCon web site already posted a preliminary schedule of events, which includes the official "launch" of the game itself after nearly two years of being sold as an alpha build and later as a beta version. The lucky attendees will also participate in Minecraft build contests, costume contests, exhibits, keynote addresses and more. The upcoming Xbox 360 version of Minecraft will be shown for the first time at MineCon.

Meanwhile, the original PC version of Minecraft is still selling like crazy. The official Minecraft web site's stats page shows that over 3.9 million copies has been sold so far. If the sales keep up at their current rate, it should reach and exceed the 4 million unit sales mark only a few days before MineCon begins. It's a remarkable achievement for a game that  on the surface isn't exactly a mainstream title nor does it have a massive Battlefield 3-like publicity machine behind it.

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