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Microsoft introduces Minecraft for China with new closed beta

The team over at Mojang has brought us some pretty big news today: on the occasion of a trip to Beijing, China, the Minecraft developer announced the release of Minecraft’s Chinese closed beta. The game was unveiled during a special event held at Beijing’s massive Water Cube, which was lit up Minecraft-style for the occasion.

Mojang has teamed up with Chinese Internet technology NetEase to develop a version of the game which has been specially adapted for Chinese players.

Minecraft has had truly amazing support from Chinese players over the years, even though it’s never been very easy for them to buy the game. So it’s thrilling to be able to officially re-introduce the game to such a passionate group of players, and, with our amazing partners NetEase.”

Through NetEase, Chinese players will be able to test a closed beta of both Minecraft and Minecraft: Pocket Edition. “We’re super-excited to see what Chinese players make in Minecraft, but this is also an amazing opportunity for builders from other parts of the globe to put their creations in front of a new Chinese audience,” added Mojang.

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