Minecon 2012 is held at Disneyland Paris and about 4,500 fans attend. People wear costumes, meet other fans, and get to see Minecraft Youtubers like Vareide, CaptainSparklez and SethBling in person.
Notch announces that he is stepping down as lead developer of Minecraft and giving Jeb the job. Notch’s position as the head of Mojang remains unchanged and he says he will start working on a new project soon:
We’ve been working together on Minecraft for a year now, and I’m amazed at how much in synch we two are when it comes to how to design the game…Personally, I will now rest for a while, then get back to work refreshed and eager. I’ll be helping out with Minecraft, of course, but also starting work on some new project.
Minecraft 1.0 is officially released during Minecon 2011. Though the game sells millions of copies before this point, technically it is considered a beta game until 1.0. The 1.0 update also includes several new features including a dimension where players fight the Ender Dragon, the final boss of the game.
Jens “Jeb” Bergensten joins Mojang as a server programmer. He has experience working for a number of small independent game development studios as well as his own online role-playing game called Whispers in Akarra:
Now I’m looking forward to work with Mojang as a server programmer, and hopefully I will get the chance to help improving Minecraft as well 🙂 Server programming is mainly about writing Spring configurations and data access objects anyway. 😉