05 Jul 2022

By: Sport Industry Group

Cricket's newest competition, The Hundred, Returns for its second year this August and has recruited the help of 10 children to help it create an immersive stadium build in the world’s biggest sandbox video game, Minecraft.

With over six million children in the UK playing Minecraft weekly, the creation of this virtual stadium will look to engage a wide audience of young fans and take cricket into their world to excite them about this summer’s competition.

Released a month before The Hundred kicks off in real life on 3rd August, the virtual stadium world is now open for everyone to explore and interact with. 

To get inspiration to design this stadium, young Minecraft fans from across the country were invited to take part in The Hundred’s ‘Every Block Counts’ competition, tasked with drawing, painting, sketching or building their ultimate cricket stadium experience, with no limits on what it could contain.

The aspiring young Minecrafters’ entries were imaginative, and the top 10 designs included everything required for the virtual stadium. Built in Minecraft space, the world features a see-through wicket with changing rooms views, a rollercoaster, a rainbow arch, a sea creature moat flowing around the pitch’s boundary and a rooftop nature garden. This is the first ever sports stadium built in the world-famous gaming platform through a kids competition.

The shortlisted winners impressed a judging panel, including Birmingham Phoenix women’s team superstar and gamer Issy Wong and Minecraft expert and Founder of BlockWorks, James Delaney.

Commenting on the launch of the world, Issy Wong said, “It’s been fantastic to see the levels of creativity from this competition. We’ve seen submissions beyond our wildest expectations and the final build truly is a blockbuster cricket stadium. It’s been incredible to be part of this initiative; another first for The Hundred as it continues to push the limits in sport and entertainment.”

The Hundred is back and ready for its second year after smashing records in 2021. Men’s and women’s games kick off on the 3rd and 11th August respectively, with the final taking place on 3rd September 2022.