How to watch Minecraft Live 2023: Date and start time, where it streams, and what to expect

Hero images for Minecraft Live 2023.
(Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

The Minecraft franchise continues to expand to new partnerships, new games, new media projects, and new ambitions from the wizards at Mojang Studios. Every year, the Minecraft team hosts a massive livestream to share the future of Minecraft with the millions-strong community. When that event comes around, this is where you'll find everything you need to know about tuning in.

Minecraft Live will feature reveals and announcements for Minecraft, Minecraft Legends, and Minecraft: Education Edition. Minecraft Live is also where the yearly Minecraft Live Mob Vote happens, when the community bands together to vote on one of three new mobs to be added to Minecraft in a future update. There are plenty of reasons to look forward to Minecraft Live each year for any Minecraft fan, and it tends to be a fun watch, too.

Here's everything you need to know about when Minecraft Live streams, how and where to watch it, and what you can expect to see during the show. Minecraft Live 2023 is upon us.

NOTE: Minecraft Live 2023 is only a few hours away! If you're planning on tuning in live, be sure to save the below information and find the best Minecraft Live link for you. If you'd rather skip the inevitable event frivolities or can't make the show, Windows Central's live coverage of Minecraft Live 2023 is your best bet.

What is Minecraft Live?

Minecraft Live is the modern version of the Minecon from years prior, an in-person Minecraft-themed convention that was retired thanks to the dire effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Mojang Studios hosts a livestreamed event, during which it reveals news and announcements for the next year of Minecraft. The show is usually a major, exciting affair for the Minecraft community, attracting a massive surge of traffic and online discussion.

Minecraft Live first began in 2020, and returns every year to give players insight into what to expect from the future of the growing Minecraft universe. Consider Minecraft is one of the best Xbox games, and continues to be one of the best-selling video games of all time, there's almost always a lot to cover during Minecraft Live. It's a can't-miss event for the Minecraft community, and Windows Central always covers all the news that comes out of it.

Minecraft Live 2023: How to watch

Here's everything you need to know about tuning into Minecraft Live.

When does Minecraft Live 2023 air?

Here's a map of locations around the world and when Minecraft Live will stream there. (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

Minecraft Live 2023 will officially air on Oct. 15, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. PT / Noon CT / 1:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CEST. You can also use this link to check when Minecraft Live 2023 begins in your local time zone or refer to the above image. There's currently not a known runtime for the event, but previous Minecraft Live events were between an hour and two hours long. 

The Minecraft Live 2023 Mob Vote will open voting 48 hours before Minecraft Live 2023, on Oct. 13, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CEST. Voting will close 15 minutes after Minecraft Live 2023 kicks off. For more information on how to vote, refer to our Minecraft Live Mob Vote guide linked above.

Where can I stream Minecraft Live 2023?

Minecraft Live 2023 will stream from the following official Minecraft channels, including audio description and ASL options. If you watch the stream on Twitch, you'll be able to earn up to three unique Minecraft Character Creator items.

Minecraft Live 2023 will be streamed live in English, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), and Spanish (Latin American). After the show ends, the stream will be available to be replayed in 28 additional languages, including: Arabic, Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Castilian), Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

You'll also be able to watch Minecraft Live 2023 in the following languages live, thanks to several Minecraft community creators and members.

After the show, you can participate in a Minecraft Live 2023 afterparty that recaps the show with Mojang Studios members and other guests. It's taking place in the Minecraft Live Discord channel.

Revisit past Minecraft Live events

Windows Central has covered every Minecraft Live since its inception. Actually, I've been covering every Minecraft Live for Windows Central since 2020, and I'm continuing to do it. If you're curious, you can check out Minecraft Live events for past years.

Just bear in mind that these are older articles, so they may look or behave strangely after all the changes Windows Central has made.

Minecraft Live 2023: What to expect

I've been covering Minecraft Live since its debut in 2020. (Image credit: Windows Central)

Minecraft has expanded into quite the sizeable brand. Mojang Studios and its partners are constantly working on countless Minecraft projects, so Minecraft Live is often filled with surprises in addition to what we can reliably expect. Here's a recap of what we know and can speculate:

  • The next Minecraft update. Every Minecraft Live shares the first look at the next major vanilla Minecraft content update for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition. In previous years, this was a major affair with lots of concepts, promises, and a finalized name. Now, Mojang is changing how it approaches Minecraft updates, and will only announce features and content additions at Minecraft Live that are already far along in development. In fact, Minecraft players may be able to test those initial features from Minecraft 1.21 shortly after Minecraft Live 2023. I also don't expect to see the update named, as Mojang will likely wait until the update is near release before naming it.
  • Future of Minecraft Legends. Minecraft Legends is the latest spin-off Minecraft game, and is a unique action-strategy title that sees players command an armies of loyal mobs in an all-out war against an invading Piglin army. Minecraft Legends is expected to enjoy a solid post-launch support plan, and we may see more of that at Minecraft Live 2023. At the very least, I expect to see a Lost Legend or two, but Mojang may also tease new features or content coming to Minecraft Legends in the future.
  • No Minecraft Dungeons. Sadly, I don't think we'll be seeing Minecraft Dungeons at all during Minecraft Live 2023. Recently, it was announced that Minecraft Dungeons has reached 25 million unique players, an impressive milestone. In the same breath, though, it was revealed that the game's last update was in Nov. 2022, and that Minecraft Dungeons is now end-of-life and will not be getting any more updates.
  • New Minecraft partnerships. Minecraft Live is always a good opportunity for Mojang Studios to announce new partnerships for the Minecraft franchise, which could manifest as unique projects, new DLC, and more. We may see more DLC for Minecraft or Minecraft: Education Edition, or a long-awaited update on the fabled and mysterious Minecraft live action movie, or maybe even a teaser (or reveal) for a new Minecraft game. I think that last point is highly doubtful, but we can hope.
  • The Mob Vote winner. One thing I know we'll see during Minecraft Live 2023 is the results from this year's Mob Vote. Voting will close 15 minutes after the show begins, and Mojang Studios will officially unveil the winner of the Mob Vote at some point during the event. Will the Crab, Armadillo, or Penguin join Minecraft next? We'll have to wait to see.
  • An update on Minecraft. Mojang Studios has used Minecraft Live in the past as a stage to update the community on how Minecraft is doing. Will we get a long-awaited update to how many copies Minecraft has sold (the last official number was 238 million, in April 2021)? What about overall engagement? Minecraft's 15th anniversary is also next year (well, if you consider Minecraft's initial beta and not the "official" Minecraft release in 2011), so will Mojang Studios celebrate that in any way? I don't know on any of this; this section is a wildcard.
  • ...And Alec Benjamin? This is a strange one. The Minecraft Twitter (X) account posted a picture of someone with an acoustic guitar at Minecraft Live, and tagged Alec Benjamin in the post. Could we be getting some kind of performance from Alec Benjamin himself during the event? That'd be interesting.

Is there anything else you expect to see? Or maybe there's something you want to see during Minecraft Live 2023? Feel free to head to the comments down below and let us know.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.