Online event celebrates Minecraft’s induction into the World Video Game Hall of Fame with a week of game play in virtual museum.
Release Date: Friday, June 19, 2020 - 2:00pm EST
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The National Esports Association (NEA) has elaborately built in Minecraft The Strong National Museum of Play, including its World Video Game Hall of Fame and National Toy Hall of Fame. To celebrate the June 18 induction of Minecraft into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, players are invited to enjoy a week-long “Build Your Community” event, where they can explore the virtual museum and earn game tokens. The game play will run 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20 through Friday, June 26.
Players can earn virtual game tokens by engaging with more than a dozen interactive exhibits, which can be redeemed to customize their Minecraft characters with unique outfits and hats. In the virtual world, players can ride the carousel and train, race a go-cart, play pinball and foosball, and tour the museum’s Wegmans Super Kids Market and Sesame Street. The gaming fee is $10 for 90 minutes of play, which will benefit both non-profit organizations, The Strong and NEA. Players may register and learn more at NEA.gg.
To kick off the online event, a live-stream will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, June 19, featuring game play in the virtual museum with The Strong’s curator of digital games, Andrew Bormann. The streaming can be viewed on Mixer at Mixer.com/EsportsNEA, on Twitch at
Twitch.tv/MuseumofPlay, or at NEA.gg.
“The Strong and World Video Game Hall of Fame are excited to be a part of Build Your Community and the togetherness that video gaming offers,” said Steve Dubnik, president and CEO of The Strong. “We all need to continue to enjoy the mental and social benefits of play, including those that gaming and esports provide.”
The NEA launched “Build Your Community” in April, offering virtual egg hunts in Minecraft for players across the globe that were streamed on Mixer, Microsoft’s streaming platform. The NEA’s virtual Minecraft egg hunts — pivoting to online play due to COVID restrictions — were featured in the national news, including Fortune, Fox News, and CNN. NEA works with camps and associations across the country to virtually build communities in the game of Minecraft.
“Minecraft is more than placing blocks in a virtual world,” said Lori Bajorek, president of the National Esports Association. “It is a virtual world where we can all come together to play, which is very much needed during this time of social distancing and remote learning. We are proud to partner with The Strong, to engage in a digitized world and experience some ‘social connecting.’”
The mission of the non-profit National Esports Association — which has been using Minecraft as an educational tool for more than a decade — is to promote education, community, and inclusion through esports. Minecraft is a platform that all can enjoy, with youth practicing strategy and teamwork as well as learning geometry, geology, and geography. Proceeds from the event with The Strong will benefit NEA’s diversity and inclusion efforts, including community outreach and the purchasing of adaptive equipment for players with disabilities.
High-res still and moving images related to this Minecraft build are online at https://bit.ly/MinecraftStrong
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