Game overview/synopsis

Minecraft is the virtual world construction game that has captured the hearts of players all over the world.

It’s popular with children and families, and has sold more than 106 million copies worldwide to date.

Players can create their own worlds and buildings, vehicles and weapons, dig underground, survive waves of zombies and experience a new Story Mode.

Minecraft is not known for eSports – yet. There are some clans and teams emerging, and a few tournaments have been played around parkour-style courses, survival modes and time challenges. The British eSports Association understands it’s a game that could carve out its own eSports scene in the near future.


Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures. Explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in Creative Mode with unlimited resources or mine deep in Survival Mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off dangerous mobs. Do all this alone or with friends.

Minecraft: Story Mode is a narrative-driven adventure developed by Telltale Games. The decisions you make influence the adventures of the Order of the Stone in exciting, unexpected ways!

Minecraft Realms is a simple way to enjoy an online Minecraft world with friends. Realms worlds are always online and can only be accessed by an approved set of friends. Only the owner of a Realm needs to pay.

Platforms: PC, mobile, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U
Typical game length: 1-5mins
Players: Varies
Genre: Construction/action
Price: Around £15-£20
Publisher: Microsoft
Notable tournaments: ESL Open League
Popularity: Over 106 million game sales, 40m+ unique players each month
Twitch: 4.5m hours watched in October 2016 across all viewers
Launched: November 2011
Pegi age rating: 7 (Minecraft), 12 (Minecraft Story Mode)
Other Pegi info: Minecraft: Non realistic looking violence towards fantasy characters, pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children, non realistic looking violence towards characters which although human are not very detailed. Story Mode: Mild bad language.

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