Microsoft is changing MineCon 2017 to make it more inclusive

It’s a new year and there’s a new MineCon! Microsoft’s shaking up the format of the event this year, and today they’re introducing two new elements:

MineCon Earth: A global interactive livestream event broadcast from two continents on November 18 and viewed by players around the world from their living rooms or at local viewing parties, retailers, theatres and community events. The livestream will take place on November 18 at 12 PM EST.

Official Minecraft Community Events: Microsoft have teamed up with Minefaire, MineVention and Blockfest to create authentic Minecraft events, a little closer to home. Players will get to meet their favorite YouTubers and streamers, compete in tournaments and costume contests, see unique content and much more.

Now, you might ask why MineCon is changing. Well, Minecraft is built on inclusivity and creativity, and the old MineCon became an expensive and exclusive event where the vast majority of the community could not participate.