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Mojang launches private world service Minecraft Realms in North America

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Posted on April 24, 2014 AT 02:41pm

Mojang today announced the launch of Minecraft Realms for North America, offering players on our shores the chance to rent out server space for hosting private Minecraft worlds.

While the ability to set up and host private servers has long been a part of the game, that has required someone having a local computer to do the hosting—along with the need for manual server updates whenever new versions of Minecraft came out.

With Minecraft Realms, players can pay $13/month for a world hosted on Mojang’s servers. Along with removing the need for local hardware or manual updates, worlds hosted on Minecraft Realms will also be regularly backed up, so subscribers can revert to a previous version of the world with ease if needed.

Up to 20 players can be invited to a Minecraft Realms world, with a maximum of 10 online at any one time. As of now, Minecraft Realms is only available for PC versions of Minecraft—I’m not sure why Mac players wouldn’t be able to join a world, as they can for privately-hosted servers—thought support for other platforms is planned for the future.

According to Mojang’s official website, the service is currently available in the following countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, North America, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, The Åland Islands, The Cayman Islands, The Faroe Islands, The Isle of Man, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, and The United Arab Emirates.

For more information on Minecraft Realms, including subscription details and cost, head over to the official website (linked below).

Source: Minecraft Realms - Official website

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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