Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, a documentary on the wild rise of Markus “Notch” Persson’s world-building adventure game, will reach its first major audience on Saturday, Dec. 22 when the movie debuts on Xbox Live. Filmmakers 2 Player Productions announced the premiere on its website on Monday.
Unfortunately the movie is only available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, but at least it isn’t restricted only to the US. Gold subscribers in the UK, Ireland, Portugal, France, Finland, Belgium, Austria, and Mojang’s home country Sweden will also get a chance to check out the picture that night.
Minecraft: The Story of Mojang actually started life over a year ago as a 20-minute short film used to drum up interest in a full-length feature. The proof-of-concept helped fuel a successful fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. After raising more than $210,000, well over the $150,000 goal, the movie was finished this fall.
2 Player Productions’s last feature was the excellent 2008 documentary Reformat the Planet which chronicled the lives of chiptune musicians like the band Anamanaguchi and the rise of the Blip Festival.