Minecon has been presented with the Guinness World Records title for Largest convention for a single videogame at Minecon 2015 - and eight new titles were achieved at the GWR Live! stand over the weekend at the London event.
The first batch of tickets to Minecon 2015 were sold out within 12 minutes and the full allocation of 10,000 soon afterwards in March this year. The first Minecon in 2011 was attended by just 200 people and just like the game, its success has been meteoric - with tickets now earning diamond ore status!
Lydia Winters hands the Guinness World Records certificate to Mojang's lead game developer Jens 'Jeb' Bergensten
Lydia Winters, Brand Director at Mojang was excited to receive the Guinness World Records title and accepted the official certificate at the exciting opening ceremony.
Stephen Daultrey, Editor of Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition said "For a multi-genre games convention to attract 10,000 fans is a big enough feat in itself. But for a convention dedicated to a single videogame to get that number is nothing short of astonishing. This record is testament to the incredible fandom around Minecraft and the game's ability to unlock the imaginations of millions of gamers around the world."
The convention has previously held the record for Biggest indie videogame convention when 7,500 Minecraft fans attended Minecon 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 2–3 November 2013. Minecon is the largest ever convention dedicated to a single videogame franchise, beating both previous Minecons and the likes of Summer of Sonic and EVE Online's EVE Fanfest, the latter of which recorded 4,000 attendees for the game’s 10th anniversary in 2013.
Guinness World Records brought the GWR Live! experience to Minecon 2015 where gamers could take part in the hourly live official record attempts. Over 1,000 young gamers visited the stand and eight new Guinness World Records titles were achieved in physical attempts and on Minecraft pocket edition.
13 year old Jake Edwards achieved The most sand castles built in 3 minutes on Minecraft pocket edition, creating 14 sandcastles and 12 year old Omar Siraj managed the most cobblestone collected in 3 minutes on Minecraft pocket edition, collecting 137 cobblestones.
Brothers Adrian and Darren Mo walked away with the Guinness World Record title for ‘Most soft toys caught blindfolded in 30 seconds (team of 2)’, managing to catch an impressive 11 Minecraft toys!
No one was able to break the record for the fastest time to stack 20 large LEGO bricks but there were some very close misses. The enthusiasm and dedication from the gamers and excitement on taking part in actual live record attempts more than made up for it.