Mojang has partnered with UK publishing house Egmont Publishing to create the first official Minecraft magazine, which launches this week.
The 60-page launch issue, which hit stores on Tuesday, is priced at 4.99 and will have a monthly onsale period. Inside, readers will find 14 pages of hints and tips on how to become a better build, a behind-the-scenes looks at Mojang's offices in Stockholm, as well as a whole showcase of exclusive builds that have been broken down into detailed step-by-step guides.
The Minecraft: Official Magazinewill also have its own team of adventurers created by Mojang exclusively for the magazine. Sparks, Beat, Scout and Monty will present both the tips and guides section as well as star in the magazine's official comic strip, which has been co-created by Mojang.
Egmont has a long history with Mojang, publishing a number of official books that together have sold 9m copies in the UK market to date. The Minecraft: Official Magazine is the only Minecraft mag that has been developed in partnership with Mojang for its 55m active user base.
Cally Poplak, MD Egmont Publishing said: Outstanding publishing for children means curating and packaging quality content in a desirable print format that they can collect and share with friends. We are proud to have done this with our bestselling Minecraft books and we cannot wait to share with the Minecraft community the only magazine that Mojang endorses.”
Laura Adnitt, publishing director at Egmont Publishing UK added: We are thrilled to be bringing this exceptional product to the UK market this summer. The appetite for Minecraft is stronger than ever and we know that the Minecraft community will devour the exclusive content in our official magazine.”
Lydia Winters, brand director at Mojang also said she was delighted to see this magazine come to market: it is the result of many months of hard work and all things Minecraft as we worked on making the best possible magazine for our community.”