• Play BET ON COBALT! Honestly, it’s great

    The code-wizards at Oxeye Games Studio have outdone themselves. We present… BET ON COBALT.

    Team Strike is one of Cobalt’s most intricate modes. And it makes for a fantastic spectator sport, even when it’s played by bots. With that in mind we’ve set up a two week twitch stream where teams of bots battle each other to the death. TWO WEEKS of awesome.

    But what’s a sport without a little wager and real-life prizes? Pointless, that’s what.

    HOW DO I BET ON BET ON COBALT?

    This is where things get really exciting. BET ON COBALT gives you the chance to bet Volts (which have no real money value) on the outcome of each match. you start with 1000 volts, and will earn even more just by watching the stream. It’s up to you whether you keep things simple and just vote on the winning team of each round, or go pro and spread-bet on specific happenings in the match, like Multi-kills or Aces.

    Betting is relatively simple. Before a round begins, bot_cobalt will state the odds. Enter your bet in the public chat, or whisper it to bot_cobalt in between each round. Once the round is over, winnings are paid out.

    You can check your funds at at time by typing “!v” into the chat.

    BETTING ON A TEAM TO WIN A ROUND

    To bet on an individual team, type !bet into the chat followed by the team name, then the amount. For example, to bet 50 volts on blue winning the round, type “!bet blue 50”. You can also bet with the first letter of your chosen team. For example: “!bet b 50”.

    You can also bet a percentage of your current balance on the outcome. To bet 70% of your winnings on the blue team type “!bet blue 70%”.

    BETTING ON ACHIEVEMENTS (THE WAY OF THE PROFESSIONAL)

    Achievements can help you get rich quick. The chances of them happening are slim, but the odds are massive. Risky but lucrative.

    You don’t need to pick a team for special events. If either team earns an achievement you’ll get the volts. There are four achievements.

    • MULTI - When a bot takes out two others in one shot. This normally happens with a well-placed grenade.
    • ACE - When one badass bot takes out the entire team.
    • WHOLE - When every bot of either survives the round.
    • COMBO - When one bot takes out two enemy bots in quick succession.

    For example, to bet 500 Volts on either team scoring a combo in the following round, type “!bet COMBO 500

    BUT WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HARD-EARNED VOLTS? DID YOU EVEN THINK OF THAT?

    Yes, we did think of that, thank you very much. You can spend your volts on loads of cool things.

    PIMPING YOUR PROFILE

    After each match the shop generates seven flairs with limited stock. There are five kinds of flair you can purchase, but you can only have one of each kind. Each flair has a unique value.

    • *prefix adds a cool thing at the start of your name
    • *suffix adds a cool thing to the end of your name
    • *tint gives your name a cool colour
    • *smiley adds a smiley after your name
    • *jingle means that your specific jingle plays if you’re the top earner in an individual round

    To purchase a shop flair type in it’s offer number after ishop or !shop. For example, to purchase item 1, type “!shop 1” into the chat.

    CUSTOMISING BOTS IN REAL-TIME

    You can name a bot for the entirety of one match. It costs 500 volts. For example, to name a bot BOPO, type “!name BOPO” into the chat.

    You can also make a random bot from each team say something during the match. For example, to make a bot say BOPO PWNS, type “!talk BOPO PWNS” into the chat.

    At the end of each match, users can vote on the next map. To vote on BOPOTOWN as the next map, type “!map BOPOTOWN”.

    ENABLING SPECIAL EVENTS

    Each round features a special event that will trigger if enough Volts are donated. Shrewd BET ON COBALT players will understand how special events could influence the chances of Achievements triggering. To donate 600 Volts, type “!fund 600” into the chat.

    OK - I HAVE MORE VOLTS THAN I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH. WHAT’S THE POINT?

    Glad you asked. We’re giving REAL-LIFE prizes to the top winners on February 2nd at 12pm CET. That’s Cobalt’s release date, in case you didn’t know.

    THE RICHEST PLAYERS

    The top five richest players will get a Cobalt game code on their platform of choice, and a signed cobalt postcard. The players in position 6-10 on the rich list will get a Cobalt game code for their platform of choice.

    THE COOLEST PLAYERS

    The top five players with the most valuable flairs on release day will get a Cobalt game code on their platform of choice and a signed Cobalt postcard. Players in positions 6-10 on will get a Cobalt game code on their platform of choice.

    THE 100K CLUB

    Any player who reaches 100,000 Volts will be automatically become a member of the 100K club. All players will be entered into a raffle on release day and will have the chance of winning 1 of 100 Cobalt game codes or 1 of 15 signed Cobalt postcards.

    A MILD DISCLAIMER

    BET ON COBALT is for fun, free, and will probably break at some point. We refuse to be sued for anything to do with BET ON COBALT. Don’t be sad if you lose, but feel free to gloat if you win.

    Have fun!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Announcing Minecraft: Education Edition

    Hello!

    News from a slightly different, arguably smarter, place today. We’re announcing Minecraft: Education Edition.

    Of course, every Minecraft player learns essential life-skills like tree-punching and good Creeper-defence but, when used in the right way, Minecraft can help people around the world to learn lots more.

    Over the past few years, educators around the world have been using Minecraft to explore subjects that might not spring to mind when you think of our block-based game. Since 2011, MinecraftEdu - a version of Minecraft built for the classroom - has been used in over 40 countries. Lots of people have learned loads of things since then.

    Microsoft has acquired MinecraftEdu and is building upon its proven success to create a new version of Minecraft that’s dedicated to learning. The new title will be available as a free trial this summer. All existing MinecraftEdu customers will get the first year of Minecraft: Education Edition free of charge.

    It’s going to be a collaborative thing. Development of Minecraft: Education Edition will be shaped by a community of educators thanks to education.minecraft.net. The site will host lesson plans and give Minecraft: Education Edition users somewhere to discuss ideas and provide feedback. We know teachers can be a rowdy bunch, so we’re looking into the best ways to moderate the forums as I type. Wish us luck.

    For more on Minecraft: Education Edition, check out this post (which comes with bonus quotes), or visit the official page.

    Have a great day, everyone!

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Minecraft: Story Mode coming to Wii U this Thursday

    Hello!

    I bring even more exciting news for Wii U owners. Just a few months ago you got Minecraft, and now I’m delighted to announce that Minecraft: Story Mode is coming to Wii U this Thursday, January 21st.

    The Wii U version will feature off-TV play and mirroring for the Wii’s GamePad controller, so you can play when someone else is doing less-fun things on the TV. You can even use the nifty touch interface if joysticks and buttons ain’t your bag.

    The first episode will cost $4.99 or equivalent, but you can also buy a season pass for $19.99. That way, you’ll get access to episodes 2-5 as they become available to download.

    Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic game series from Telltale Games. You play as Jesse who can be a male or female hero, and embark on an exciting adventure to save the world while learning about a group of legends known as The Order of the Stone. It’s a massive amount of fun for fans of Telltale’s games, Minecraft, or just good things in general. For more on Minecraft: Story Mode, check out Telltale’s official site.

    Have fun, Wii U owners! Take care of Reuben for me, yeah?

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Cobalt coming to Xbox and Steam February 2nd

    Hello!

    I bring exciting news! We’ve locked down Cobalt’s release date. It’s coming to Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Steam for Windows on February 2nd. It’ll cost $19.99 or equivalent.

    I am slightly biased, but it’s worth mentioning that Cobalt is an excellent video game. Your experience may vary but I’ve been playing multiplayer for over three years, and I still think it’s great. Why?

    Read on for an impartial breakdown of Cobalt’s awesomeness. Note that Cobalt is developed by Oxeye Game Studio and published by Mojang. I work for Mojang.

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  • Minecraft snapshot 16w02a

    A new year has started and it’s time to celebrate it with a new Minecraft snapshot. The list of things we want to finish before the 1.9 release is getting shorter, more bugs are getting fixed, fewer new bugs are getting introduced.

    Thanks to everyone who is reporting bugs, testing the snapshots and sending us feedback our changes. You are all helping to make 1.9 awesome.

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  • Watch Jens play Cobalt LIVE

    Happy New Year, everyone. Hope you had a good ‘un!

    Just a quick note to let you know that at 15:00 CET tomorrow, Lord of Minecraft and Oxeye Game Studio developer, Jens Bergensten will be playing Cobalt LIVE on air. I’ll be sitting close-by, pestering him with questions and trying to distract his l33t play.

    The stream will be live at www.twitch.tv/jebox.

    It’s going to be absolutely spectacular, and you should definitely tune in! Don’t worry if you’re in bed/school/work at that time though - the stream will be available to watch at a later date too.

    See you tomorrow!

    Owen - @bopogamel and @Jeb_

  • Happy holidays from all at Mojang!

    Hey everyone!

    It’s been a busy, eventful, year but it’s finally time to sit back, eat loads of food, and play unhealthy amounts of video games.

    We’s like to take a moment to thank every last one of you for continuing to support us for all these years, and for inspiring us to make Minecraft into something truly special.

    See you in 2016!

    Owen - @bopogamel and the rest of the Mojangstas.

  • Here's the Pocket/Windows 10 Edition livestream!

    Hello!

    Lots of you caught our Festive Livestream last week but, thanks to timezones, a lot of you were sleeping/in school/doing other stuff. For that reason, it’s now available on-demand!

    If you’re playing on a Windows 10 or Android device, it’s possible to download the map featured in the stream and play it! We’ve zipped them up and made them available for download here. If you’re not sure how to use the maps, follow the directions in this handy text document.

    Have a great holiday season, everyone! See you next year.

    Owen - @bopogamel

  • Minecraft.net localization update

    We want Minecraft to be enjoyed by as many players as possible. A big hurdle for a lot of people wanting to play the PC/Mac version has been that the website where you buy the game so far only has been available in English, despite the game itself having been available in multiple languages for several years thanks to our awesome community translators. However, after a recent update, minecraft.net is now for the first time ever available in multiple languages!

    Initially we’ve focused on the most crucial bits of the website, where you register for and buy Minecraft. These are now available in 14 different languages with some additional regional variations. In addition to this we’ve also added prices in 12 new currencies (previously only USD, EUR, and GBP were supported) and enabled more local payment options.

    This is only the first step though. The Mojang Web Force is working on a completely revamped version of minecraft.net that will be fully localized. More on that in a future update.

  • Playstation and Xbox Editions get humongous update

    Hello!

    We’ve just updated Minecraft for Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, and Playstation 4 with a staggering amount of features. Yes, we’re constantly improving Minecraft on all platforms but this is actually our biggest update ever, bringing the console versions closer to the current PC build than they’ve ever been before.

    To prove this, I present the following changelog which will require significant amounts of vertical scrolling. From henceforth, this update will be known as “Update 1.8.8.”

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