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Posted: Aug 10, 2020 in Discussion
TL;DR – No. Minecraft is not shutting down, since there is nothing to shut down. Minecraft, unlike many games, does not have any official servers. Mojang does not host any servers of their own or anything of the sort. The game is exclusively run by the community for the most part, when it comes to servers. This question likely refers to how update support for older versions of the game have ceased. These versions include PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, and Wii U. All of these versions of the game have not been updated past 1.13, which can technically be seen as Minecraft ‘shutting down’ but support for the game will continue. It’s just that Mojang sees those platforms as minuscule when compared to the player base.
Another thing that people could worry about is Realms. Mojang does upkeep Realms, but they are a service that you pay for separate of Minecraft. There is a chance that Mojang could shut down these Realm servers if the service doesn’t continue to turn a profit, but since it has been around for years I don’t find that likely. Usually, even if a Minecraft project isn’t particularly a banger, it still gets support. Take Minecraft Earth or Education Edition. Even Minecraft Dungeons wasn’t particularly popular with the diehard community. But, all of them still get consistent updates/DLC. So for Realms, it’s just as unlikely that it will lose support as the base game.
Earlier this year, it seems a hoax manifested itself unto the internet. On a fake news site literally built for pranking, Channel 45 News, a headline read “Mojang has announced on their Twitter that Minecraft will shut down their servers on December 21st, 2020.” Not only is there no source on the claim, but if you follow the link it would bring you to the website which actually informed you that it was a prank. This, however, wasn’t enough to stop the internet’s naivete, which not only got the hoax to the featured section on google but tricked tons into thinking that Minecraft was actually shutting down.
So, is there actually any chance of Mojang ever shutting down support for Minecraft? Very unlikely, my guy. Not only is Minecraft the most popular single game in the world with over 200 million sales and 120 million concurrent players, but it also is owned by one of the largest parent companies out there, Microsoft. Their payroll is probably astounding. A lot would have to go wrong for Minecraft to suddenly lose the ability to support the game with updates, but nothing is impossible. I wouldn’t count on it, though. With that said, have a great day until next time!