2020 NASEF Minecraft Masters Global Competition

Calling all Minecraft designers and innovators! We’re looking for the world’s best Minecraft teams to go head-to-head in the 2020 NASEF Minecraft Masters Global Competition.

Registration for @Home Challenges and Minecraft Juniors are open. Join us for the Live Challenge Rounds!

Teams of Minecraft builders go head-to-head, testing their skills and creativity in this summer’s global challenge. Throughout the challenge, expert judges encourage the amateur Minecraft builders, introduce incredible challenges and put the creations to the test. Three live-streamed build competitions challenge teams until the finale, during which teams face off for great prizes, and the grand title of Minecraft Master.

We’re looking for teams of up to four students ages 13-18 years old who want to face-off against teams from around the globe in association with our partners: MonClub esports in France, SEFI in Israel, JHSEF in Japan, the US Embassy in Mexico, Benjamin Franklin Library and its American Spaces across Mexico, esports partners in South Africa, and the British Esports Association in the United Kingdom. We’re excited to announce that each round and the finals will be live streamed with our partner Participate.

The competition is broken into four parts: 

Preliminary Round

In this round, ALL teams will use their master Minecraft skills to compete for one of the four top spots to advance to the Live Challenges. (now closed)

See Winners

Live Challenge Rounds

The top four teams will compete in three rounds and the final.

See Standings & Winners

Masters @Home Challenge

Open to all participants between 13-18. Team registration required. See below

Learn More

Juniors @Home Challenge

Open to all participants 12 years and younger. Team registration required. See below.

See Winners


How It Works

What you need to do to compete in the 2020 NASEF Minecraft Masters Global Competition:

  • Each team is required to have an Adult Sponsor. The Adult Sponsor is responsible for registering a team (up to 4 members and two alternates will be accepted). 
  • Review the eligibility requirements. Each team member must be between 13-18 years old and live in one of our partner countries to compete.
  • Review the technical requirements. Each participating team member will be provided with account access to Minecraft Education Edition and will be required to compete in Minecraft Education Edition throughout the entire competition.
  • Check our timeline. Make sure your team can commit to the competition schedule, particularly if your team advances to the Live Challenges.
  • Review our Team Guide for Team Members and Adult Sponsors. We stress the importance of our code of conduct for all esports athletes competing in our competitions. 
  • Use Minecraft Education Edition to design the Challenge.
  • Preliminary Round:
    • Review the Challenge.
    • Create the design build with your team.
    • Submit your completed video in Flipgrid. One one video per team should be submitted.
    • The Team’s name must be used as the display name for the Flipgrid video submission. 
    • Share your video on Twitter, using the hashtag #MinecraftMasters
  • Four teams will advance to the Live Challenge Rounds and get a chance to compete in exciting head-to-head design challenges in our live stream.
  • Two teams will advance to the Final Event and compete in an incredibly planned challenge where their skills will be tested.
  • ALL teams that do not advance to the Live Challenge Rounds and Final Event can compete through our @Home Challenge Rounds and Finals. @Home Challenges will be announced during the live events and teams will create their designs and upload video uploads to our Flipgrid.

What you need to do to compete in the 2020 NASEF Minecraft Masters Global Competition:

  • Each team is required to have an Adult Sponsor. The Adult Sponsor is responsible for registering a team (up to 4 members and two alternates will be accepted). 
  • Review the eligibility requirements. Each team member must be between 13-18 years old and live in one of our partner countries to compete.
  • Review the technical requirements. Each participating team member will be provided with account access to Minecraft Education Edition and will be required to compete in Minecraft Education Edition throughout the entire competition. But, you can create your design in any version of Minecraft.
  • There will be five challenges to compete in:
    • Preliminary Round: [Closed] Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    • Round 1: Saturday, July 25 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    • Round 2: Sunday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020
    • Round 3: Saturday, August 1 - Wednesday, August 1, 2020
    • Finals: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Tune into each stream of the Live Challenge Rounds and Final Event to hear us reveal the next Challenge details. We will update the website and our Flipgrid at the end of each live stream. Once the Challenge is announced, the team will have until 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm UTC/GMT on the following Wednesday to create their design and upload their video to Flipgrid. 
    • Share your video on Twitter, using the hashtag #MinecraftMasters

The Minecraft Juniors @Home Challenges provide Minecraft Masters-in-Training to compete along side the Masters Global Competition. There will be five challenges to compete in:

  • Preliminary Round: Closed Wednesday, July 22, 2020
  • Round 1: Saturday, July 25 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020
  • Round 2: Sunday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020
  • Round 3: Saturday, August 1 - Wednesday, August 1, 2020
  • Finals: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Tune into each stream of the Live Challenge Rounds and Final Event to hear us reveal the next Challenge details. We will update the website and our Flipgrid at the end of each live stream. Once the Challenge is announced, the team will have until 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm UTC/GMT on the following Wednesday to create their design and upload their video to Flipgrid. 

Register Your Team for Masters @Home Challenge (13 years and older)

Register Your Team for Juniors @Home Challenge (12 and younger)


Do You Have the Skills?

NASEF hosts a variety of Minecraft challenges and competitions, however, the Minecraft Masters enables us to showcase individual young people and collective teams’ mastery of skills and knowledge in Minecraft. For this competition, we expect all team members to demonstrate skills in:

  • Design
  • Redstone
  • Commands/Command Blocks
  • Code Builder

Key Materials

Team Guide

Code of Conduct

Minecraft Education Edition is now available on Chromebook in beta. Teams can compete using Chromebook beta. Learn more.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the 2020 NASEF Minecraft Masters Global Competition (including Masters @Home and Juniors @Home Challenges), all entries must meet the basic requirements:

  • Complete registration at the NASEF website. The registration form must be completed by the Adult Sponsor (educator, parent or guardian).
  • Each team member must be between 13-18 years old at the time of registration (Masters) and 12 and younger (Juniors).
  • Teams must have a minimum of two members. Teams with less than two members will not be eligible.
  • Each team member must read the Team Guide.
  • Throughout the competition:
    • Must be your own original work.
    • Must not contain any content that is obscene or offensive.
  • For the Live Challenge rounds and final:
    • Each team member must have parent approval.
  • For the Masters and Juniors @Home Challenge Rounds and Finals, each team must enter using our Flipgrid. When you register, you will be provided the link to our Flipgrid.

Technical Requirements

Each team member’s system must meet the basic technical requirements:

  • Install Minecraft Education Edition on for Windows 10, Mac, Chromebook or Ipad. Visit Download Information for more specific requirements. NASEF will provide each registered team member with account access to Minecraft Education Edition. Please note that Minecraft Education Edition will not operate on Android platforms.
  • Internet connectivity for operating Flipgrid.
  • Install Minecraft Education Edition on for Windows 10, Mac, Chromebook, or Ipad. Visit Download Information for more specific requirements. NASEF will provide each registered team member with account access to Minecraft Education Edition. Please note that Minecraft Education Edition will not operate on Android platforms.
  • You may also use any version of Minecraft for the @Home Challenges.
  • Internet connectivity for operating Flipgrid.
  • You may also use any version of Minecraft for the @Home Challenges.
  • If you need Minecraft Education Edition credentials and you have access to a PC, Mac, IPad or Chromebook, please email info@NASEF.org after your team registers.
  • Internet connectivity for operating Flipgrid.

Why Compete?

All registered team members receive access to Minecraft Education Edition to work collaboratively with their teams! Each team member will receive their own username and password and will be able to access it for the entire competition. And, teams have the opportunity to compete for awards throughout the competition plus they will earn the title of Minecraft Masters, Masters in Training and Juniors!

Competition Details

Competition Details

Teams from across the globe will compete for the top four spots in the Live Challenge Rounds & Final Event. The competition will test your team's Minecraft skills and push your limits!

Teams of up to 4 players and 2 alternates will work together on a Minecraft Design Challenge. Teams will then record a video of their design build and upload/record to our Flipgrid. Teams will have until Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 0:00 AM UTC on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

What is Challenge? Register your Team to find out!

Four teams will compete LIVE on our stream. Throughout each Live Challenge Round, expert judges will encourage our teams of Minecraft builders through unbelievable challenges. There will be three rounds and final event will test our team's mastery in Design, Redstone, Commands/Command Blocks, and Code Builder. 

All streams will be hosted by our partner Participate.

If your team wasn't selected to advance to the Live Challenge Rounds and Final Event, you still have a chance to compete with your team and earn prizes! Join each into each Live Challenge and Final Event and continue to compete with your team at home! You will have four days to complete your design, make your video and upload it to our Flipgrid. We will release the new Flipgrid and update our webpage with the Challenge details following each Live Stream. 

Teams can use any version of Minecraft to compete at the Minecraft Masters @Home Challenges but registration is still required.

Awards

Through a partnership with HyperX, the top 10 teams will receive HyperX headsets.

For each Live Challenge Round, NASEF will award each member (player and alternates) of the winning team:

  • Minecraft LEGO® Creation Sets
  • Special Mentorship Experience with Minecraft Education Edition Creative Experts

At the conclusion of the Final Event, NASEF will award each member (player and alternates) based on their placement:

  • 1st Place
    • Xbox One S and Minecraft: Master Collection Game and Minecraft Story Mode: The Complete Adventure
    • Windows Kano
    • Special Mentorship Experience with Minecraft Education Edition Creative Experts
  • 2nd Place
    • Windows Kano
    • Special Mentorship Experience with Minecraft Education Edition Creative Experts
  • 3rd Place
    • Minecraft: Guide Collection 4-Book Boxed Set: Exploration; Creative; Redstone; The Nether & the End
    • Minecraft LEGO® Creation Set
    • Special Mentorship Experience with Minecraft Education Edition Creative Experts
  • 4th Place
    • Minecraft LEGO® Creation Set
    • Special Mentorship Experience with Minecraft Education Edition Creative Experts

At the conclusion of each @Home Challenge Round and Finals, NASEF will award each member (player and alternates):

  • International winners representing each of partnering countries will be selected via raffle:
    • Minecraft LEGO® Set
    • Minecraft Dungeons Standard Edition
  • US winner will be selected via raffle:
    • Minecraft LEGO® Set
    • Minecraft Dungeons Standard Edition

At the conclusion of each @Home Challenge Round and Finals, NASEF will award each member (player and alternates):

  • International winners representing each of partnering countries will be selected via raffle:
    • Minecraft LEGO® Set
    • Minecraft Dungeons Standard Edition
  • US winner will be selected via raffle:
    • Minecraft LEGO® Set
    • Minecraft Dungeons Standard Edition

Competition Timeline

  • Preliminary Round:  Monday, June 29, 2020 - Friday, July 17, 2020
  • Competition Announcement: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 12:00pm PDT | 3:00pm EDT | 7:00pm UTC/GMT (1 hour)
  • Preliminary Round Closes: Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm UTC/GMT
  • Announce Final Teams:  Tuesday, July 21, 2020 @ 12:00pm PDT | 3:00pm EDT | 7:00pm UTC/GMT (1 hour)
  • Live Challenge Prep (for all Final Teams):  Wednesday, July 22, 2020 @ 12:00pm PDT | 3:00pm EDT | 7:00pm UTC/GMT (90 minutes)
  • All Rosters (and Parent Permission Slips) Due for Live Challenge Rounds 1 and 2: Thursday, July 23, 2020 @ 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm UTC/GMT
  • Live Challenge Round 1:  Saturday, July 25, 2020 @10:00am PDT | 1:00pm EDT | 5:00pm UTC/GMT (2 hours)
  • @Home Challenge Round 1:  Saturday, July 25, 2020 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm UTC/GMT
  • Live Challenge Round 2:  Sunday, July 26, 2020 @ 10:00am PDT | 1:00pm EDT | 5:00pm UTC/GMT (2 hours)
  • @Home Challenge Round 2:  Saturday, July 25, 2020 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm UTC/GMT
  • Live Challenge Round 3Saturday, August 1, 2020 @ 10:00am PDT | 1:00pm EDT | 5:00pm UTC/GMT (2 hours)
  • @Home Challenge Round 3:  Saturday, August 1, 2020 - Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm UTC/GMT
  • Announce Final StreamTuesday, August 4, 2020 @ 12:00pm PDT | 3:00pm EDT | 7:00pm UTC/GMT (1 hour)
  • Final Event:  Saturday, August 8, 2020 @ TBD 9:00am PDT | 12:00pm EDT | 4:00pm UTC/GMT (4 hours)
  • @Home Challenge Final: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Just Added! Minecraft Juniors @ Home Challenges for All Ages

But what if I have a team but we are younger than 13 years of age? Get ready to compete with your team from home! We are excited to announce the 2020 NASEF Minecraft Juniors @Home Challenges.

We’re looking for teams of up to four competitors from grades K-12 (elementary, middle and high school equivalence) who want to face-off against teams from around the globe in association with our partners: MonClub esports in France, ISEF in Israel, JHSEF in Japan, the US Embassy in Mexico, Benjamin Franklin Library and its American Spaces across Mexico, esports partners in South Africa, and the British Esports Association in the United Kingdom.

How It Works

The Minecraft Juniors @Home Challenges provide Minecraft Masters-in-Training to compete along side the Masters Global Competition. There will be five challenges to compete in:

  • Preliminary Round: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 (closed)
  • Round 1: Saturday, July 25 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 (closed)
  • Round 2: Sunday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020 (closed)
  • Round 3: Saturday, August 1 - Wednesday, August 1, 2020
  • Finals: Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Tune into each stream of the Live Challenge Rounds and Final Event to hear us reveal the next Challenge details. We will update the website and our Flipgrid at the end of each live stream. Once the Challenge is announced, the team will have until 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm UTC/GMT on the following Wednesday to create their design and upload their video to Flipgrid. 

Register Your Minecraft Juniors @Home Challenge Team

General Guidelines:

  • Each Minecraft Juniors @Home Challenges Team must be registered by an Adult Sponsor in order to compete. The Adult Sponsor must indicate the ages and grades of each team member.
  • Each team can have up to four members (grades K-12).
  • Teams can use any version of Minecraft to complete their designs but they must be completely collaboratively.
  • Teams must create videos of their designs and submit them via our Flipgrid. We will send the link to our Flipgrid after the Team is registered.
  • The Adult Sponsor should submit the Flipgrid with their adult account.
  • All videos will have a time limit. Please make sure to pay attention as they may differ per Challenge.

Register Your Team Today


Frequently Asked Questions

 

We're looking for teams! This is a team competition. Each team member must be between 13-18 years old at the time of registration AND each team member must reside in the following countries: Canada, France, Israel, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States, United States Territories, and South Africa.

Read the 2020 NASEF Minecraft Masters eligibility requirements. All teams must be registered by an Adult Sponsor through the NASEF website in order to compete or be considered for the competition. For the four teams that advance to the Live Challenge Rounds and Final Event, a parent permission slip will be required for participation.

The Preliminary Round of the 2020 NASEF Minecraft Masters opens on Monday, June 29, 2020 and closes on July 17, 2020. The Live Rounds and Final Event begin on Saturday, July 25, 2020 and concludes with Final Event on Saturday, August 8, 2020. The @Home Challenge will begin on Saturday, July 25, 2020 and concludes with Final Event on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

Submit your completed video in our Flipgrid. Please include your team name with your video, so we can match your registration and submission. A team only needs to submit one video.

Preferred methods of video creation include using the screen capture tool in Flipgrid or screen recording play session and upload. For more information on screen capture tools.

You will be sent the link to our Flipgrid after you register for the competition.

Your team can still compete in our Minecraft Masters @Home Challenge Rounds. Make sure to register your team and follow the @Home Challenge rules to compete.

Explore infinite worlds and build everything from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off dangerous mobs. Create, explore and survive alone or with friends on Windows 10, Mac, Chromebook or IPad. Learn more about how to install Minecraft Education Edition. As part of the competition, NASEF will provide all registered team members access to Minecraft Education Edition. Once registered, all eligible team members will be sent credentials to log into Minecraft Education Edition.

Unfortunately, for this competition all teams will be required to create their designs in Minecraft Education Edition. We will be looking for teams with skills across all categories!

Unfortunately, only teams with members that reside in our partnering countries may compete in this competition. But, we encourage you to check back as we will be introducing a new Minecraft competition at the end of the summer.

Yes! Grab some friends, classmates or your brother and sister to join your team. Our competition will crown a team of Minecraft Masters, but we will also award Masters in Training through our @Home Challenge Rounds and Finals. Even if you don't make the Live Challenge Rounds, you can still compete.

Your team can still compete in our Minecraft Juniors @Home Challenges! All teams must have an adult sponsor register them. Make sure to register your team today. See information above.