Minecraft will need a Microsoft account to play from 2021

Minecraft News ozbi November 2, 2020

If you’re a player of the classic version of Minecraft for PC, that is, the Java edition, you’re going to have to move to a Microsoft account in early 2021 or you won’t be able to play anymore. Mojang explained the reasons why this and all of its future games will also require an account in the same way.

Basically, they cite the additional beneficial features the game gets if you connect directly to Microsoft. These include two-step authentication, better parental controls, and blocking chats and invitations.

Migrating from a Mojang account to a Microsoft account is mandatory

Users who don’t migrate won’t be able to sign in within a few months, and therefore won’t be able to play. Mojang will take care of notifying all its users well in advance, starting with this announcement, and continuing with emails, videos on its YouTube channel and the official support page.

Mojang cites two-step verification as the main advantage of migrating to a Microsoft account, but they also explain that they will release additional security features for players over time.

Users who connect their Microsoft accounts will receive a special layer within the game as a reward.

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There will be no additional changes to the classic edition of Minecraft other than account migration. All of your Mojang account information will be transferred automatically, including your Minecraft Java player name.

If you have multiple Mojang accounts you will need to create separate Microsoft accounts for each. Now, as Minecraft Java has a lot of users, Monjang is going to carry out the migration in batches, so you’ll have to wait to receive your email with instructions to do so.

Microsoft bought Mojang in 2014 for $2.5 billion, a game that long ago has the best-selling title in history with around 200 million copies sold and an active user base per month of more than $125 million. Microsoft has taken the game to countless platforms since then, but the basis of the classic PC version remains one of the most important.

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