Minecraft Realms subscription hosting service launches in North America

Parents can pay $13 a month for safe, easy to set up Minecraft servers.

Minecraft Realms, a paid subscription service for online multiplayer hosting, is now available in North America, developer Mojang has announced.

The service, which costs $13 a month, makes it easy to set up a server, and also automatically backs up the world at regular intervals so the host can restore realms to previous save points. Up to 20 players can be invited to a Realms server, and up to 10 of them can play at any one time.

The service is aimed mostly at parents, who can use it to easily setup a server for their kids and restrict access to insure a safe online experience. It’s also available in other countries listed on Mojang’s website.

Last year, Mojang CEO Carl Manneh said that if the Minecraft Realms service catches on, it could be the company’s biggest source of income.

“We have about 10 million paying PC gamers [now 14.7 million] and, soon, as many mobile gamers [more, actually, at 21 million], there's definitely potential," he said. "And yes, if we look ahead, I do think [Realms will] be the biggest source of income in the future, and to bring in more money in total than the game itself."

Last week, Mojang also said it expects to launch the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita version of Minecraft by September.

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26 comments
Hoffymann07
Hoffymann07

Why are people commenting about this when it isn't meant for them? The article clearly says,


The service is aimed mostly at parents, who can use it to easily setup a server for their kids and restrict access to insure a safe online experience.


and anyone else who uses it probably doesn't want to deal with the hassle of keeping a server up. Sometimes convenience will cost you, and if you know how to keep up a server with mods, etc, then this obviously isn't for you.



bloody-hell
bloody-hell

No mod support, no texture pack support, no realm / map import / upload and a 10 concurrent player limit ?

Well for 10 EUR per month this is not really an attractive service really, considering that you can get a more functional experience at other Minecraft hosting services.

Plus there's always the option to host the server yourself if you've got the bandwidth which is not really that complicated either.


The general non-gamer parents thinking however is most likely "oh it's by the creators of Minecraft so it must be the best solution" so they'll just pay for that.

Seems like this is clearly not for everybody and most definitely not for "more serious" Minecraft players.


Let's hope that the additional millions of EUR per month they'll be raking in with this service will finally accelerate development because they are at that "base experience is absolutely boring" status since release - it only gets interesting with mods. (which this "official" hosting service doesn't support)

arrowhead927
arrowhead927

all the pc elitists seem to forget that realms is on mobile devices and consoles aswell. So nice job whining about something u failed to understand.


grin89
grin89

lol parents pay for it

Hurvl
Hurvl

Sounds like an unnecessary and quite expensive service. Why not just buy the game? If there's a demand for it, however, if people are actually willing to pay for it, I guess it's not such a waste.

arrowhead927
arrowhead927

why can u invite 20 but only have 10 on at 1 time? seems weird


gersteinvendor
gersteinvendor

Question: Can we have multiple realms under a single subscription? 

vduong942
vduong942

for $6 a month, you could get a server from GGHosting that supports up to 24 players

Reddax
Reddax

It's a little pricey. To say you can rent a minecraft server for much cheaper, or even easily host your own, by either opening your ports if you're tech savvy enough, or just using hamatchi.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

The money train that is minecraft just keeps on chugging!

gajbutler
gajbutler

Or your kid can fucking learn something and do it him/herself, it ain't hard at all.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

That's a bit on the pricier side compared to other hosting services.

blutfahne
blutfahne

I support this because the online world is filled with freaks.

nikos554
nikos554

Nice move mojang, you know that about 3.000.000 of your gamers are five to ten years old and they are lazy as hell so you will earn sooo much money.

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

I learned how to make my own for free without any 3rd party software.

Tery15
Tery15

Nice profit. When normally hosting MC server like this cost about 2-3$

Hoffymann07
Hoffymann07

@bloody-hell  I think you forgot to read the part of the story that said: 


The service is aimed mostly at parents, who can use it to easily setup a server for their kids and restrict access to insure a safe online experience.



arrowhead927
arrowhead927

@Hurvl I dont think u understand the concept

It paying for a dedicated server instead of a player hosting it and it switching off when that player leaves.

hystavito
hystavito

@vduong942  Well of course this is the easy way designed for people who would probably never do it otherwise.  Still I do think $13/month for 10 players at a time is too much.

soccerpzn
soccerpzn

@Tery15  yea if you want a really shitty server, if you want one that can host at least 20 people then your gonna have to pay $10+. and you still have to pay for bonus crap which seems to make it cost more than what mojang is providing.

nikos554
nikos554

@blutfahne @nikos554 Well the difficulty for making your own minecraft vanilla server is equal to basic math,if not easier.

hystavito
hystavito

@soccerpzn  If I understand this, the service will allow you to I guess whitelist 20 players but only 10 can be playing at a time.