Update 3 (6:03 pm EST): All this Minecraft-related attention has apparently toppled SL’s servers, but before that happened, the reuploaded design had received enough votes to make it into the top 3 again, according to Daniel Kaplan’s Twitter. And yes, that’s despite having to start from scratch with zero votes. If that’s not a beautiful illustration of the power (and volume) of Minecraft fans, I don’t know what is.
Update 2 (12:08 pm EST): Okay, the design is back up, but the vote count has been reset to zero. Daniel is still working on getting through to SL. In the meantime, your help is now needed more than ever! Head to the site and click “rösta” to vote on the design now!
Update (12:03 pm EST): As of ten minutes ago, the Creeper design has been inexplicably removed from Stockholm Transport’s website. Kaplan has no idea why, and is working on getting in touch with them.
We have a chance to help make history this week, you guys. If enough people visit the Stockholm Transport website and vote on a design submitted by Mojang business developer Daniel Kaplan (who we interview in this episode), Sweden’s subway system could end up with a new, Minecraft-themed design on their cards.
And what design is that? Check it out below:
I know, right? Pretty excellent.
So here are the details of the contest: every week for three weeks, the Storstockholms Lokaltrafik website will appoint the submissions with the highest votes to winner status, bringing the total number of finalists to nine. From those nine, SL’s design jury will select three final winners whose designs get distributed all over Stockholm.
And if you’re worried the design jury might not pick a pixelated green face as their final design, don’t be: the nine finalists’ designs will be available on SL’s online shop, so if this thing gets enough votes, any Swede who want a Creeper card will have a place to get one. Rad!
The Creeper design has already cracked this week’s top three, so its odds of making it as a final design are pretty high, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still help!
The voting is open to all visitors to the site, and is only restricted to one vote a day, so get crackin’! Head to the voting page here and click the “Rösta” button (‘vote’ in Swedish) to submit your vote.