Minecraft To Launch Private Subscription Servers

Minecraft has been a lucrative venture for Markus “Notch” Persson and the rest of the Mojang crew, and it’s about to get even more profitable with the announcement that the company plans to launch subscription-based private servers.

Mojang calls them “Realms” and they function in very much the same way as normal private servers do. Their existence is set to alleviate the hassle of going to a gaming webhost to set a server up on your own, and caters to the more casual players.

The company’s CEO Carl Manneh expressed his hope that the private servers will bring in more money for the company than sales of the games, which are certainly peaking by now—if they haven’t already. The venture will allow the company to maintain a sustainable income for itself beyond the game.

“Our costumers [for Realms] are parents who are tired of trying to act as server administrators on behalf of their kids,” said Manneh in an interview with GI.biz. “Minecraft Realms will be a simpler kind of service, aimed at families and kids. In the future we aim to offer certain profiles with mods that are certified to work without crashing, but this will still be a safe and easy way for kids and families to play Minecraft online.”

The studio has yet to set a price on the subscription, but Manneh figures it’ll cost around $10 to $15 a month.

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3 Comments on Minecraft To Launch Private Subscription Servers


On March 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Any idea if they will do this for the XBLA version? I really hope so.


On March 14, 2013 at 5:14 am

That’s going to be a hard blow to all those web hosting companies. This smells of bankruptcy.
I wonder what they’re going to do now.

Ron Whitaker

On March 14, 2013 at 5:26 am

It’s doubtful that it’ll have much impact. Judging from what they’re talking about, they’re going to be smaller, vanilla servers, at least at first. Most people running their own Minecraft servers are running heavily modded servers, Bukkit servers, or the like. Those customers aren’t going to Minecraft Realms, at least not right away.