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Minecraft developer inks deal with the United Nations for urban development

Minecraft dev, Mojang, teams up with the United Nations to help upgrade real-life urban spaces

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 10, 2012 at 2:34 am CDT (0 mins, 41 secs time to read)

Minecraft developer Mojang has just inked a deal with the United Nations, which will see the indie dev help upgrade urban spaces around the world through the use of Minecraft.

Minecraft developer inks deal with the United Nations for urban development |

Mojang will work with UN-Habitat where they'll support its Sustainable Development Network with the developers 'Block by Black' programme helping the redevelopment of around 300 spaces around the world by 2016. Block by Block will get young people involved in the planning processes in urban areas, as well as letting them share with planners and decision makers how they would like to see their cities developed.

The United Nations first approached the indie developer after its Mina Kvarter project in Sweden, which encouraged people to take part in the reconstruction process of neighborhoods through Minecraft. The programme has actually been recognized internationally as an alternate way of development planning.

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