Minecraft users who play the Java version of the popular game will have to use a Microsoft Account from March 2022 onward to play the game.
Microsoft, owner of Minecraft since 2014, announced the migration in October 2020. The company’s initial plan was to make Microsoft Accounts mandatory in 2021, but the change has been delayed. The Java version is one of the two main Minecraft versions.
Up until now, gamers who play the Java version may use a Mojang account to do so or a Microsoft Account. Mojang, the original developer of Minecraft, continued to work on the game after the acquisition.
Starting March 10, 2022, Minecraft can’t be played unless a Microsoft Account is used. Microsoft claims that millions of Minecraft Java gamers have migrated their accounts to a Microsoft Account already. Gamers benefit from the move as well, as Microsoft states that its own account system offers advantages such as support for two-factor authentication over the Mojang account system.
Parents may also get better control over the playing activities of their children, provided that they manage their children’s Microsoft Accounts.
All data is migrated and all content and features remain the same, according to Microsoft. Gamers receive a free special cave once they have moved the account. The entire migration should only take “a couple of minutes” according to Microsoft; much of it depends on whether a Microsoft Account is already used or if it has to be created from scratch.
Minecraft players who use multiple legacy or Mojang accounts will need to create individual Microsoft Accounts for each of their classic accounts. Options to sign-in to any of these accounts are provided.
You can check out the official FAQ for additional details on the migration.
The move benefits Microsoft first and foremost, as it can drop support for Mojang accounts and does not need to maintain these anymore once the migration completes. Gamers who don’t want to migrate to a Microsoft Account, for whatever reason, won’t be able to play the official versions of Minecraft anymore as using a Microsoft Account is mandatory by March 10, 2022.
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